Andrew and I had been planning to go to Akiba since it opened. When it first opened in early December we wanted avoid the hype and crowds and wait until they sorted out their teething issues like every brand new restaurant. Last night we rode our bikes into Civic and tried the Tokyo inspired restaurant.
As soon as you enter you feel the energy pulsing through the place. There were wait staff busily delivering orders and taking them. You can feel the passion of every one working there.
Our waiter for the evening was Jed. He was so enthusiastic about the food and was happy to describe all the flavours and ingredients for us.
Andrew and I were famished. We have just started riding our bikes again and it was a little later than we usually have dinner so we were keen to order. We ordered what felt like EVERYTHING! We’ll have all the foods please!!!
All the plates are designed to share, which we love. A little taste of this, a little taste of that. Tiny little morsels of happiness to enjoy.
We started with their home made soft drinks, I had a Sour Cherry and Vanilla Soda and Andrew had the Pineapple, Lime and Chilli Soda. His was the clear winner, the flavours were fresh and intense.
We had the Sydney Rock oysters with a ume Migonette. These were fresh and light and were great given the humidity of the night. A great start to the meal.
Once we had ordered everything came out lighting fast. This restaurant works like a well oiled machine. The kingfish sashimi was amazing! We were careful to gather every single drop of that sauce. It was salty and sweet and spicy.
We had a variety of other dishes that we really enjoyed. The dumplings had a great salty, sour, hot sauce to slurp up with them. All the flavours were surprising and worked together very well. I love water chestnuts the texture is what makes this dumpling work.
The Bao were great we especially loved the pork belly one. The sauce was delicious and sticky. The soft shell crab had great crunchy texture but the filling wasn’t really enough for the amount of bread we got. That was really only a minor complaint in comparison how good everything else was.
One of my favourites was the Kimchi Pancake. It didn’t look like much when it came out but ‘wow’ the flavours punched you in the face. The texture of the pancake was soft and chewy and the spicy Kimchi came through.
All in all we had a great night out. The food and service was amazing. The atmosphere was fun and we went home completely stuffed! Surprisingly it was cheaper than we had expected too.
We can’t wait to go back and try everything else!!!