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Lilo Tang, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now.

By Gareth Meyer
Lilo Tang, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Lilo Tang, Canberra.

Japanese fine-dining meets izakaya raffishness in a modern space of movable birch timber walls and stencilled anime images? It sounds like a recipe for confusion, but has proven so far to be a popular formula at Lilo Tang - the latest project from the crew behind The Chairman and Yip, Lanterne Rooms and Malamay. Chef Shunsuke Ota displays knife skills acquired at Nobu, but cuts loose here with a brand-new robata grill fired with binchotan charcoal. Pork belly yakitori skewers are a standout - the tender, melt-in-the-mouth morsels coated in a spicy sauce of miso and the fermented, citrus flavours of yuzukosho seasoning. There's plenty of quick snack options, including gently smoked eggplant served cold in a sesame dressing. And for drinks, it's all about the sake list - 22 in total.

Lilo Tang, 1 Burbury Cl, Barton, ACT, (02) 6273 1424

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