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“Fabulous Japanese tapas.”
Review of izakaya den

izakaya den
Ranked #173 of 4,245 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Very busy on arrival. Booking was made month in advance as we,group of four were from New Zealand for the tennis. We were having our last dinner before heading home on an early flight the next morning. We were seated disappointedly at the large communal table right at the back of the restaurant, next to the kitchen. Throughout out dinner we could hear the clanking of dishes which took away from how glorious the food was. Interesting way of eating Japanese. Make sure when you go not to set way back near the kitchen as it does spoil the evening even though the food was great, the noise and smell ( garbage ) did not help. Making bookings in advance does not assure you of a good table it seems.

Thank Dolly D
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Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

This is one of the reasons why dining in Melbourne is so interesting and fun. Like many of the other small-Ish new restaurants in the city centre, this one has it's own individuality and style set in the basement of an office block accessed from a small lane. The decor is minimalist with some design features and seating is communal along the main bar counter (sushi bar style) or on larger tables at the back. There are some tall tables with stools along the side which give it an eclectic feel. The fare is Japanese fusion which is tasty and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Great location & decor. Love the ambience- very den-like. Wonderful and extensive drinks menu. Food menu is more on the novety side and disappointingly not that impressive when executed. Japanese tapas so the costs add up and, at the end, we couldn't even say that there was a stand out amongst the numerous dishes we ordered.

Thank Thuy H
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I ate a lunchtime eggplant dish here. It was very tasty. The home made tofu at the beginning was great too. For solo travellers the bar style dining with open kitchen makes for an entertaining meal.

Unfortunately... My rice came out half cooked/ half semi cooked and hard. That would be fine in a closed kitchen restaurant where I could tell the waiter and receive cooked rice, but I had to witness the repercussions of the uncooked rice, with cooks asking questions of others cooks... I felt kinda guilty and wished I hadn't said anything.

Thank mishjakas
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

I must admit I felt pretty clever knowing where this restaurant was straight off the bat and being able to take a group of colleagues there for a meal. The first time we walked around for 20minutes trying to find how to get in! The food is still magnificent. The barramundi is particularly pleasing on the tastbuds.

Thank hinemoa-auckland
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