Located in the heart of Flinders Lane lies a 2-storey modern fine dining restaurant with an East-meets-West interpretation of Japanese cuisine. The name ‘Akaiito’ derives from the meaning ‘red thread of fate’ which refers to the red thread which connects people to kindred spirits and reflects the way we are all tied to each other.
The first-floor dining area features a unique Robatayaki Grill which makes Akaiito the first Australian restaurant to celebrate this premium traditional style of dining on such a sophisticated scale. The grill offers a variety of seafood, meat and vegies with the signature dish being the Tsukune- chicken meatballs grilled with tare sauce presented authentically with a raw egg.
The second level is more of an a-la-carte style serving top quality selections of sashimi and nigiri. Akaiito’s signature is the Wagyu Takaki which uses Takeda Waygu with Ponzo, shredded leek and egg yolk as well as the Glacier 51 Toothfish marinated in miso.
Akaiito's tasting menu is $110pp, and you can even get stuck into their Omakase (chef's counter) course for $145pp. The venue has a hidden underground bar with a mixture of booths and bar seating serving up bar snacks and Japanese style cocktails and sakes which can be matched to your food. The interior was designed by award-winning global interior-design firm HBA featuring a unique red thread which runs throughout the entirety of the restaurant intertwined with wood ceiling and beams and black stone marble tables.
Still not convinced? There’s a private dining room which offers a 5-course visual journey for up to 12 diners. But book in quick, you would hate to miss out.
Image credit: Peter Clarke