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Izakaya Den
  • Basement,
    114 Russell St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9654 2977,
  • Lunch Mon-Thu noon-2.30pm, Fri noon-5.30pm; dinner Mon-Thu 5.30pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-midnight

Izakaya Den

This subterranean bar and diner always holds a sense of adventure, even for regulars. First comes the unmarked staircase, then a heavy shielding curtain and the grand reveal, after which the bar always looks so long and handsome, and the theatrics of the open kitchen ever enticing. Wait for a stool, then eat Den classics, such as the corn kaki-age, a tempura dish that's a crunchy riot of sweetness, and the grilled ocean trout with its salty sprinkling of dried roe. Traditional dishes such as tuna tataki (flash-seared and seasoned) share billing with hip reworkings, such as agedashi tofu crusted with quinoa. Izakaya food is designed to nibble while drinking, so it's only right that every dish here feels like an excuse for another round. The scroll of sake, shochu, cocktails and more is helpfully annotated and curated with such acuity that getting out of Izakaya Den can be just as much of an adventure as arriving.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $8-$18

    M $18-$35

    D $12-$15

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Booking:
  • Bookings for groups of 5 or more only
  • Chef:
  • Sachiko Sogo & Yosuke Furukawa



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