Monday 19 July 2010

Ibuki Japanese Restaurant, Melbourne

It’s heartening to see a once mighty heavyweight rise from the shadows for one last hurrah. However, this comeback is more Evander Holyfield and it’s probably seen better days.

Ibuki had been holding private parties in a quiet south-eastern residential but has returned to the CBD to spread the love. The very homely feel of that garage has been transferred to the Lonsdale Street address with the bamboo, lanterns, Japanese tidbits, exposed bricks and floorboards. So too the menu, so if you’ve been before, there’s not really much new.

And that’s part of the problem. The game has changed because back in the day, that banquet was absolutely value. Sushi and sashimi, tempura, chawanmushi, the scallop mornay and tempura are all still quality but at an increased cost to cover the overheads. Maybe it was missing the novelty of eating at a stranger’s place, or just having it a second time around. Or without that car covering, you can see the big haymakers coming and it’s just like any other stock standard Japanese restaurant. It’s fine for what it is.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? 556 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC
What? Dishes $15-25

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