Akiba

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 perusing the menu
Andrew perusing the menu

 

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.

natural oyster, ume mignonette $10 for 4 oysters
natural oyster, ume mignonette $10 for 4 oysters

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.

kingfish sashimi, coconut, nam jim, coriander $12
kingfish sashimi, coconut, nam jim, coriander $12

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.

Emelia
I’m so excited about digging into those fluttering little bonito flakes! YUM!!!

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!!!

 

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Canberra Multicultural Festival 2014

Fans of the Fest!

Em is always late.

In fact you could call her ‘the late one’ in our relationship. Better yet, Miss Latey, or Captain Late-Pants. (N.B. This may be a complete fabrication constructed by the author to cover his own time-management shortcomings.)

Either way, she was once again nowhere to be seen when I arrived at the Multicultural Festival on Friday afternoon to the sound of driving African percussion, the crush of the crowds and the smell of a hundred delicious cuisines!

A bit of background, The Canberra Multicultural Festival is the best weekend in Canberra. It has been happening for over 20 years and just gets better every year! You feverishly seek to eat as many different foods as you can, like a ravenous hound, which are made with love – It’s Canberra’s thank-you to all those cultures that bring so much life to our city.

I went wandering and found a delegation of West Papuans who had been flown over by the festival to raise awareness for their country. They cheerfully offered me books and literature and a quick chat, they also gave me a cup of very special coffee – free of charge, of rare quality and flavour! The crushed beans still in the glass, I felt like I was tasting the freshest and most lively brew, a little bit of West Papua in a cup. Don’t mistake me – this was a premium product par excellence.

After trading emails I moved on, and finally found Em. She had been mobbed by fans of the show! It’s funny, its the first time we’ve really gone out after being on the show, and we didn’t realise that now we cannot go 5 steps without lovely people coming up and saying nice things to us and wanting photos, it’s quite bizarre! But we love you all, thank you for all your kindness and support. Go Canberra!

Meeting new friends!
Meeting new friends!

When we finally got to move on, we tried Croatian meat balls with Avjar chilli Sauce. This was very nice, the sauce was great, a medium hit of chilli and a good starter. We headed off to Sri Lankan stall outside Banana Leaf Restaurant, they were making Kottu Roti (this is similar to Pad Thai, except with strips of roti instead of rice noodle) in front of everyone, quite a theatrical process!

Making Kottu Roti
Making Kottu Roti

While I was in the line waiting for my Kottu Roti, Em wandered off promising to bring me back a morsel of happiness, she struck gold when she brought back some Thai satays and Lamb and Basil curry puffs. The satays were really average to tell you the truth but the Lamb parcels were exquisite! They were made with love… the pastry was flaky, crisp and well-made, the filling was an explosion of hearty lamb mince and aniseedy basil. Such a unique flavour! Just one of those times at the Festival when you strike gold.

We got our Kottu Roti and it was great, although the beef curry that went along with it was a little salty for my palate. Em assures me that Sri Lankan food is usually very salty… Ok well I can accept that 🙂

Lastly, Em saw some friends who invited her into their Sri Lankan restaurant and made us hoppers, Dhal, Pol Sambol and Beef curry, which was all so delicious, and a lovely way to round-out the night.

Multicultural festival is special to many of us Canberrans, what are your Multicultural Festival stories from this year?

P.S. Sorry for the rubbish quality photos this time, we were missing our good camera and were having too much fun! 🙂

Multicultural Festival is incredibly popular, the crowds are so big you are shoulder to shoulder with happy revellers!
Multicultural Festival is incredibly popular, the crowds are so big you are shoulder to shoulder with happy revellers!

BrodPeloton – Andrew and Emelia’s first event!

[quote]In Canberra we love our bikes – the city is perfect for it! We also love our food and friends, we often ride off to different places to eat and enjoy each other’s company.[/quote]

This is the first event we will be running for all who want to be involved, showcasing Canberra lifestyle, places and people. We want to show that today’s Canberra is far from boring, it is the perfect balance of big city things to do, and bush capital peace and quiet. Meaning, you can go out and party, then come home and enjoy a nice quiet cup of tea as you listen to the gum trees sway in the breeze, often without a car to be heard. Canberra is Australia’s best kept secret 🙂

Brodburger is a Canberra institution, you simply must go there if you’re visiting Canberra or a local, get out there! They make the most delicious Beef, chicken, fish and veggie burgers, all with your choice of blue, swiss, vintage or fetta cheese. www.brodburger.com.au – Best to order ahead, they are quite busy!

Anyway to stay posted guys, we will be posting new events all the time so friend us on FB! 🙂