Izakaya Kuuraku

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Entree: Oyster, Beef Tataki, Duck Liver Pate

IZAKAYA KUURAKU: Once again, Izakaya Kuuraku is a Japanese restaurant in Melbourne that has provided me with a new, unforgettable dining experience in the form of its newly launching omakase (chef’s choice) dinner this November 2018. With the aim of providing a more authentic and more executive Melbourne Japanese dining experience in a quiet private room at the back of the bustling and boisterous restaurant that spans a large area with a central bar in the middle. The restaurant itself, Izakaya Kuuraku, was established over 20 years ago with its first restaurant in Japan – now with 18 restaurants in Japan, and dotted in multiple other countries globally. With a relatively refined, yet affordable menu that encompasses sashimi, yakitori, sake and the like, Izakaya Kuuraku is definitely a reasonable choice for a Melbourne restaurant.

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Tuna Nigiri

The good fat: Every element of our entree was a way to prepare the palate for our seafood degustation for the evening. The brightness of the beef tataki, the fresh taste of the sea from the Coffin Bay oyster, along with the mellow richness of the pate was a great assortment. The omakase featured a sashimi set freshly cut up by the chef in front of us, who similarly plated up our 10 courses of nigiri – with selections of tuna, salmon and kingfish belly, dory etc. but the fish selection varies depending on the stock of the day. A top pick was the salmon seared belly, with the slightest crispy warmth of the fish slice atop the sushi rice.

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Sashimi (Salmon, Tuna, Kingfish, Swordfish)

The yakitori set features a collection of skewers grilled also in front of us on the other side away from the fresh fish sashimi area. The highlight was distinctly the wagyu beef skewer – 4 small chunks of wagyu, each bite a refreshing reminder of just how amazing beef can be and a will for that lingering taste to never end. (until it did)

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Yakitori w. Plum sauce

The bad fat: The sushi rice was at times, a little warm and too soft in texture – perhaps it had not been rested for enough time before being used. The yakitori on a whole was a little underwhelming as a set, especially in contrast to the sashimi set. The yuzu cheesecake as the dessert was quite a tiny portion, barely the size of a mouthful.


YES – Izakaya Kuuraku definitely gave me a taste of the potential omakase can provide, and I would love to head back there to try their proper menu some time as well. Omakase is definitely a unique experience any Japanese food aficionado should try.

FAT-O-METER: 4.5/5



2wofatgirls would like to thank Izakaya Kuuraku for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.

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