Akiba – Just Feed Me!

40 Bunda St, Canberra 

(02) 6162 0602

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What to get:

Tokubetsu Sydney Rock Oysters with the Ume Mignonette
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Prawn & Chicken Dumplings
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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-

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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?!

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Course 1:

Kingfish Sashimi with Coconut, Nam Jim & Coriander

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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.

 

Course 2:

Steamed Prawn & Chicken Dumplings with a Ginger & Black Vinegar Dresssing

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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!

 

Course 3:

Pork Belly Bun with Char Siu & Asian Slaw

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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. 

 

Course 4:

Kimchi & Angasi Pancake with Kewpie Mayo, Sriracha & Itogaki

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Exceptionally good Kimchi pancakes – if you’re a fan of Kimchi and Japanese mayo, you absolutely should get these.

 

Course 5:

King Prawn Fried Rice with Green Beans & Chilli-Fried Egg

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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! 

 

Course 6:

Beef Short Ribs with a Tamarind Caramel & Thai Basil

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Succulent, juicy, and dripping with flavour. I don’t think you need more words than that to describe the perfect rack of ribs, really.

 

Course 7:

Chinese Broccoli with Lemon Penang

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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?

 

Course 8:

Steamed Apple Bun, Native Pepper & Lemongrass Custard

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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?

OYSTERS!



 
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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.

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