Akiba, Canberra

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CANBERRA | Akiba is a restaurant that aims to capture the spirit of the informal and exciting atmosphere of the great food halls and dining rooms throughout the East-Asia region. Walking inside the casual venue and you’re greeted with a vibrant, loud, bright space. Think Khao San Road, Bangkok meets Akhiabara, Tokyo. Places like this can suffer from being all style over substance, but thankfully Akiba delivers not just on atmosphere, but on food too.

The food is influenced by East-Asia and showcases the many styles of Asian barbecue, raw dishes and dim sum. Local ingredients and producers are used where possible, and the result is a lot of flavour filled, quality food. We loved the punchy kingfish ceviche with coconut, nam jim, coriander, and were also impressed by the melt in your mouth tender pork belly bun with char sui, asian slaw. The beef short rib, glazed with tamarind caramel, and topped with thai basil, is rich, flavoursome, tender delight, and even the roast carrot with miso, yuzu, sesame is outstanding.

The food menu is designed to share, so try and visit with a few friends so you can try a lot of different things.

Drinks wise the focus is on cocktails, which feature the same influences as the food menu. Try the Geisha’s Kiss, with plum wine, sake and a hint of rose. There’s also an extensive sake list, and a small selection of quality wines and mostly Australian craft beers.

It’s rare that we visit a place where every dish we order is outstanding, but Akiba achieves this. Great food and a fun atmosphere make it a must visit for anyone who finds themselves in Canberra.

Akiba

40 Bunda Street
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Telephone: (02) 6162 0602
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Sun – Wed: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 5:30pm to 12:00am
Thu – Sat: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 5:30pm to 2:00am

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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