40 Bunda St, Canberra
Menu // Directions
What to get:
Tokubetsu Sydney Rock Oysters with the Ume Mignonette
Prawn & Chicken Dumplings
Pork Belly Buns
Akiba – if you haven’t been there yet, you don’t know what you’re missing out on, man. And I feel for you, I really do 😐
Akiba’s been around since December last year, serving up a clean, refined style of Asian cuisine that’s made to be shared with mates – perfect for after work drinks with the boss, or even that potentially awkward catch-up with that cute guy you haven’t met since 2nd year Uni, and you’re freaking out because you have no idea if it’s just a catch-up or a first date.
Come on now – don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about 😉
– The Vibe-
Unpretentious, genuinely friendly, and ridiculously chilled out – that’s Akiba in a nutshell. Our waiter was all smiles and quick with the booze [an important factor on a Friday night]; when we asked them to bring the birthday cake out for our friend, the waiter joined in singing happy birthday with us; and there was even a mini-rap battle going on between one of the bar staff and his customers later in the night!
It’s the little things like those that bump your dining experience up a couple of notches; and honestly, of all the restaurants in Canberra – this one has got to be my favourite, and one I’ll happily come back to them time and time again.
– The Food –
Akiba have a massive range of small dishes, larger rice and noodles dishes, and sharing platters to choose from, but if you’re there with a few friends and are keen to taste your way around their menu – go for the Just Feed Me! option. See? The title wasn’t just my bi-polar flaring up!
Seriously though, it’s an absolute steal for what you get – 8 courses of delicious sharing platters, all for just $45 bucks! HOW GOOD IS THAT?!
Kingfish Sashimi with Coconut, Nam Jim & Coriander
Such a great way to start off the night – it was a really fresh dish, with the kingfish cut the perfect thickness and super tasty with the garnishes. Top shelf stuff.
Steamed Prawn & Chicken Dumplings with a Ginger & Black Vinegar Dresssing
I’ve been to multiple cities in China and eaten at more than my fair share of Chinese restaurants elsewhere, and I’ve got to be honest – these are as good as they come. Even if you’re going the Just Feed Me! option, I’d recommend getting a bowl to yourself hahah – they’re that good!
Pork Belly Bun with Char Siu & Asian Slaw
All my mates went off their nut about how good these pork belly buns were, and I’m not gonna lie – a tear may have been shed as I savoured that first bite.
Kimchi & Angasi Pancake with Kewpie Mayo, Sriracha & Itogaki
Exceptionally good Kimchi pancakes – if you’re a fan of Kimchi and Japanese mayo, you absolutely should get these.
King Prawn Fried Rice with Green Beans & Chilli-Fried Egg
Just like the Fried Rice my Grandma used to make, except…so, so much better, hahah, sorry Grandma! But honestly – there are chunks of juicy prawn strewn throughout the dish, and overall it’s just a really well-executed, hearty Asian dish!
Beef Short Ribs with a Tamarind Caramel & Thai Basil
Succulent, juicy, and dripping with flavour. I don’t think you need more words than that to describe the perfect rack of ribs, really.
Chinese Broccoli with Lemon Penang
Again – just like my Grand-mammy used to make them, and oh so delicious. I had flashbacks to me playing marbles on the floor of my grandparents place in Malaysia when they brought the dish out. Yup – gangster from a young age, yo. And what?
Steamed Apple Bun, Native Pepper & Lemongrass Custard
If you’re a fan of soft, apple-based desserts with a creamy, sweet custard – this is your jam. Get amongst it.
Looking to class things up a bit?
Tokubetsu Sydney Rock Oysters with an Ume Mignonette. $10 for 4. Yes.
– The Wrap-up –
11/10 would go here again. ‘nuf said.
Honestly though – their food was delicious; their service was absolutely on point, and the atmosphere was so chilled. What more could you ask for?
Oh, and I forgot to mention – they have a pretty decent range of liquors if you’re keen to booze it up after dinner with your mates, with a range of delicious cocktails, whiskies, beers and ciders to choose from.
If you’re keen for a fun night out; just chilling at the one joint from dinner ’til dawn – Akiba is the place to go.