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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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! 🙂

Burmese Curry Place – A Canberra Institution

Burmese Curry!  This place is an institution in Canberra. A lot of people know about it, but it really is one of Canberra’s unsung heros.  It has a basic menu of 9 dishes that are available every week day for lunch or dinner.  The basic concept is that you can choose two dishes and it’s served on a bed of steamed rice.  The curries are spicy and salty and they hit the spot every single time.  You can make them more spicy if you like, the Burmese Curry Place provide you with extra chilli to give your curries some extra kick. They have the same curries every day

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  • Prawn and Chicken Curry
  • Fish Curry
  • Chicken and Potato Curry
  • Sweet Pork Curry
  • Fish Cake Curry
  • Egg Curry
  • Vegie Curry
  • Chicken and Bean Curry
  • Beef and Potato Curry

Andrew with his Fish Cake and Beef Curries - Loving Life.  Andrew with his Fish Cake and Beef Curries – Loving Life.

One Wednesday Andrew and I were at a bit of a loose end looking for a quick bite to eat before we went for a walk around the lake when we thought BURMESE CURRY! We love it so much.  It reminds us of a little Asian street eat place, right here in the heart of Canberra.  I had the Chicken & Prawn Curry and the Fish Curry.  Andrew had the Beef Curry and the Fish Cakes.  DELICIOUS!

Where else can you get better value? $10 for a delicious meal and a drink.

Me eating a delicious prawn from my Prawn & Chicken Curry!
Me eating a delicious prawn from my Prawn & Chicken Curry!

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