9 May 2019


| Editor

From its conspicuous Bunda Street façade, lightning bolt aesthetic and buzzing atmosphere to its modern Asian fusion flavours and pumping cocktail bar, there is nothing subtle about AKIBA...

From the AKIBA kitchen, the selection of dishes cheekily utilise occasional European flavours to reinvent a number of Asian cuisines–from Japanese to Thai, Korean and Vietnamese. This is casual dining with a sharing ethos that doesn’t follow the usual entree-main-dessert narrative. Snacks and street food may be buns with pork belly, char sui and Asian slaw, or soft shell crab, pickled baby gem and creamy ponzu. In the Raw category, yellowfin tuna is made perfectly salty with organic Japanese soy, and then balanced with a creamy wasabi pannacotta.

‘For those yearning interesting food that is bang on trend and a buzzing and vibrant bar-like atmosphere, AKIBA should not be missed…’

Japanese fried chicken is typical of Share plates and comes with lemon-braised onions and grated parmesan. Our hint: Order it supercharged with chilli sauce! The interior utilises raw timber, leather and polished terrazzo, but is far too slick to be termed rustic. Light boxes and neon lightning bolts add a touch of Bladerunner to the aesthetic, with high stools and communal tables dominating. A wine list is available for those that ask, but ultimately it takes a back seat to the selection of tap beers, ciders and that killer cocktail list, signalling that this place is more than a dining destination. A great choice for those yearning interesting food that is bang on trend and a buzzing and vibrant bar-like atmosphere.

40 Bunda Street Canberra City
02 6162 0602

Sun – Wed 11.30am – 12am
Thu – Sat 11.30 am – 2am

New Asian
See menu

Snacks $ 6.0 – 11.0
Raw Bar $ 12.0 – 16.0
Noodles & rice $ 12.0 – 20.0
Share Plates $ 15.0 – 42.0
Dessert $ 8.0 – 11.0

Fully licensed

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