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Review - Iiza

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

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With a crop of izakayas sprouting all over the city, I thought it high time I checked out Newtown’s bustling entry. Not boasting a bar, Iiza seems to function more like an ordinary Japanese restaurant, than the post-work eating and drinking tavern it is named for. No matter, the food is good; and the pared back décor, with rows of sake bottles lining the walls, certainly encourages drinking.

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From the half dozen sakes on offer, I chose a tokkuri of Ginban Daiginjo ($15). It flowed cleanly and gently through an opening bowl of briny Steamed White Clams ($12.80), cooked in a compelling yet simple mix of garlic butter and sake.

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My chosen sake’s dryness was even more delightful against the Deluxe Sushi and Sashimi Combination ($34). Fishes here are a highlight, with white fishes like snapper, kingfish and surf clam coming up best on the nicely proportioned sharing platter.

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The dishes on this mostly traditional menu, delivered by waitresses wearing equally traditional Japanese garb, are designed for sharing. While there are some fusion dishes, like Tuna Sashimi Tacos ($15), I skipped them in favour of a small but well cooked Nasu Dengaku ($8.80); ending with a Spider Roll ($14.50) decked out with crunchy soft shell crab and well-seasoned daikon.

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Iiza
184 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 8095 9260

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