Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A new izakaya in Newtown
Here's how it happens.
A few weeks ago, Dan Hong, the award-winning chef of Lotus (and self-confessed sneaker whiz), passed by a new restaurant being set up and sent out this tweet:
Izakaya opening soon in newtown!! Win
As an izakaya-convert, I instantly wanted to know more. I didn't know Dan at all, but I quizzed him for details and he kindly tweeted back the co-ordinates of this new Japanese joint he'd noticed.
So, the lowdown: you can find Iiza near Industrial Strength and the vego Thai place on King Street, where it has been opening its doors for less than a week.
I'm still getting acquainted with the menu (which is served by waitresses swishing to your table in sandals and traditional costume), but so far, my definite favourites are the Goma-ae Beans with Black and White Sesame Dressing (a plate-off between greens dressed in sweet black sesame and its nutty white equivalent – a match I'm happy to call a delicious tie) and the Vegetable Skewers, which are drizzled with a honey-sweet sauce you have to actively stop yourself from dipping your finger into.
I'm looking forward to testing out more of the menu (including the dessert section – which features a curiosity-spiking dish called a Japanese black sugar brûlée).
Who says Twitter isn't useful?
Iiza, 184 King St, Newtown NSW (02) 8095 9260, www.iiza.com.au