Restaurant Reviews

Ishizuka: Restaurant review

Ishizuka

Address

B01, Shop 1/139 Bourke St,
Melbourne

Hours

Dinner Wed-Sun 6pm-11.30pm

Prices

Tasting menu $215

REVIEW

Ishizuka brings the Tokyo vibe from the start with a bamboozling location involving unmarked entrances, buzzers and an elevator ride to the basement. There's payoff for the navigation angst. Tomotaka Ishizuka's serene 16-seater, its scene set with a paper-lantern room divider and textured concrete walls, offers a sublime 11-course kaiseki experience complete with thrillingly clear broths (a fine dashi with rock lobster), sushi made with toro from Japan, superb edamame tofu topped with scampi and fresh wasabi, and green-tea noodles with black truffle and soft-boiled quail egg. Service is reserved and respectful and, with two seatings, there's an attractive shared experience feeling to dining here. Sharp drinks lists contain some real gems, best experienced through the drink-pairing option, though its generosity may have some opting for the no-alcohol choice.

Phone
(03) 8594 0895

Features

  • Licensed
  • Wheelchair friendly

Chef
Tomotaka Ishizuka

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
2019 Top 100 Rank - #48
Food: ★★
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