We welcome the newest addition to the Japanese restaurants in Melbourne. Nestle in the quiet side of Flinders Lane, Akaiito brings us modern Japanese foods with chic, sexy and luxurious ambience from an open robata omakase area, cosy bar and sushi counter – truly an ultimate Japanese cuisine experience.
Akaiito in Japanese means red thread of fate which become the main theme in the overall decoration of the restaurant.
There is literally a bold statement near the entrance hall, a giant read thread interconnecting all the rooms in the restaurant which is especially designed by the owner herself.
They also offer you Tsukiyo Private Dining Room if you are interested to have a unique
visual dining experience – pretty keen to try it! It does sound cool and amazing.
We were invited to their VIP launching night. Nor rain nor cold seems not stop everyone from coming to the opening night.
From the VIP photo area with a Geisha to the Japanese drum show, the opening ceremony was indeed a spectacular one.
Very festive and we got to enjoy a bit of Japan as well. We sampled some of their signature foods such as their chicken robatayaki, fresh cut Tuna Tartare, Cherry tomato skewers, Tsukune (a charcoal grilled chicken meatball skewer) and Wagyu Negi-Ma,
Wagyu Fried Rice with Shiitake mushrooms and pine nuts. Their Wagyu Negi-Ma and Tsukune was definitely must try.
Unlike processed in typical grilling method, they used robatayaki method which originated from Hokkaido where all skewers cooked over hot coals on special grill to give a distinct flavor.
If you are a grilled meat lover, definitely must try this and their omakase.
Not only the food, we get to try their cocktails and just relaxing in the bar area. We tried their watermelon cocktail and also their grapefruit cocktail.
Simply love the vibe despite was overcrowded during the opening night.
Last but not least, we closed it off with their desserts from their strawberry mousse sphere (although this time it came in the shape of cube) and their fruity and fresh homemade sorbet. Not too fond of the dessert since it was a tad too sweet for our likings but overall, we would come back for their foods and simply enjoying the ambience at the restaurant.
Note: We’d like to say thank you to Akaiito’s team for having us.
Disclaimer: Honest opinions expressed here are purely on our own and are based on our experience at that time
Yay: fresh cut Tuna Tartare, chicken robatayaki, Wagyu Negi-Ma
Nay: strawberry mousse sphere
Location: 349-351 Flinders Lane, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 03 9620 1343