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Iori

41 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT

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Chef Mamoru Aizawa is partial to a quirky acronym. Take CSI (Chef's Special Invention), ATM (Assorted Tremendous Meal) and GST (Great Spirit of Tasmania). But while Aizawa-san enjoys injecting a bit of fun into his menus, his serious approach to food has consolidated Iori's position as Canberra's leading Japanese restaurant. The raw fish that features in many dishes is sea-sweet and spanking fresh, while the beef is beautifully marbled wagyu sirloin. A sushi and sashimi platter is enough to stop even grown men in their tracks, with a splendid presentation of salmon, tuna, kingfish, abalone, scallops, prawn, octopus and three types of roe - a playground of texture and taste. Teriyaki beef and panko-crumbed pork schnitzel would be almost an afterthought were it not for their tenderness and gloriously sticky sweet sauce. Thank goodness dessert can be as simple as a glass of crisp fuji apple sake with refreshing black sesame ice-cream.

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41 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT

  • Cuisine - Japanese
  • Prices - E $18 M $35 D $10
  • Features - Private dining, BYO, Bar
  • Chef(s) - Mamoru Aizawa
  • Owners - Mamoru Aizawa
  • Cards accepted - AMEX, Mastercard, Visa, EFTPOS
  • Opening Hours - Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm, Mon-Sat 6pm-9.30pm
  • Seats - 50
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