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En Izakaya

9.4/10
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277 Carlisle Street, 3183 Balaclava (VIC)See map

Average price A$50

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price A$50
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A selection of salmon & hamachi kingfish sushi
A$18
Tuna sashimi laced with a spring onion, soy & wasabi dressing
A$19
California roll filled with tuna, prawn, avacado, wasabi & flying fish roe
A$15

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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.4/10
based on 305 reviews
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Quality of food :9.5/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Helen N.
    Helen N.
    • one review
    9/10

    I found the dining experience met all my expectations. The waiting staff very helpful when selecting from an unfamiliar menu. The meal was very interesting and varied and I cannot wait to dine there again.

  2. Shireen C.
    Shireen C.
    • 8 reviews
    8/10

    A good size menu with interesting dishes that are not your usual Japanese fare; such as tempura pine mushrooms! The tuna with wasabi and pistachio dressing was one of the great starters. The beef blade and sesame chicken paired with rice was a great sharing option. Would have liked to order a few more dishes as everything looked so good. The prices and servings are very fair. The place is cosy and the staff lovely.

  3. Anna S.
    Anna S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Loving getting back to En Izakaya post lockdown. The tofu and miso eggplant was as good as ever! And the slow cooked pork was divine. Looking forward to getting back again soon!

  4. Julian D.
    Julian D.
    • one review
    10/10

    When I go to a new restaurant I always ask ‘what is your most popular dish’. As such- EVERY time I have been here I have the eggplant & tofu- unbelievably good- Meg Ryan moment!!!!

  5. Phillip C.
    Phillip C.
    • one review
    9/10

    Nice Japanese food serviced efficiently with a minimum of fuss. Interesting specials board enhance the well rounded menu. Cozy environment and easy to find a car park right outside on a cold Sunday night.

  6. Mish-elle K.
    Mish-elle K.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    excellent flavoursome japanese. Service always with a smile Andy remembers who we are and is always attentive. Food is always lovely and different to other japanese restaurants A great local go to

  7. Maha K.
    Maha K.
    • one review
    10/10

    WOW the real deal! Brilliant food, fabulous hosts and service and just a great feel to the place. And good value for quality eating too, we will be back!

  8. Margaret D.
    Margaret D.
    • 12 reviews
    8/10

    An excellent meal- thanks! We’ll be back!

  9. Bridget s.
    Bridget s.
    • one review
    10/10

    Beautiful food and presentation with excellent service - great social distancing. Recommendations were perfect couldn’t fault presentation or food.

  10. Tony A.
    Tony A.
    • 5 reviews
    9/10

    The food and wine were excellent. One dish (of six ordered) didn’t arrive but we weren’t charged for it and we felt very full anyway. Friendly service and very well priced. We visit about once per month and the experience is consistently excellent.

  11. Catherine H.
    Catherine H.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    I love this local resturant, we go often and every time the food is great as is the experience. They use fresh, good quality ingredients and the wine list is simple but excellent. Service is great too.

  12. Rianna W.
    Rianna W.
    • 3 reviews
    5/10

    Beef was very salty, salmon was overcooked

  13. Anna P.
    Anna P.
    • one review
    10/10

    En Izakaya is the gem of Balaclava. Food exceeds expectations, I have taken everyone I know there for dinner and they have all become patrons of the restaurant. Excellent at all levels, a gentle attention to detail, even the choices of alcohol are spectacular, the service immaculate, the food heavenly!

  14. Lanna L.
    Lanna L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic ambience, great food and wonderfully engaging service

  15. Melanie O.
    Melanie O.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Another delicious meal at our fabulous local. With COViD restrictions it can be hard to get in but definitely worth persisting to get a table. The tuna sashimi with pistachio was a highlight as always. Service great too.

  16. Tony A.
    Tony A.
    • 5 reviews
    9.5/10

    Fantastic food and excellent service. The menu is full of delicious morsels suitable for sharing and the service is polite, prompt and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed and minimalist but not uncomfortable. I’ve been coming here with my partner for around 10 years. The menu doesn’t change significantly but what’s on offer is always very good.

  17. Christine C.
    Christine C.
    • one review
    10/10

    My family have been going to En Izakaya for many years. A hidden gem on Carlisle St. They consistently serve up delicious izakaya-style Japanese food that is perfect for sharing, and the service is always gracious and warm. The seafood dishes are outstanding (we’ve tried them all!) and the eggplant tofu dish is a must try. The wines are always lovely. You won’t be disappointed!

  18. Iris w.
    Iris w.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great restaurant with innovative and yummy menu. This is one of our favourite Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, and everyone we have taken there seems to agree. Excellent food, drink selection and service in a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended! It is rare to find a Japanese restaurant that offers authentic Japanese cuisine without having to rely mainly on a sushi menu. Great dine-in experience!

  19. Jessica  N.
    Jessica N.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    I just LOVE this place! I’ve never had a less than fabulous meal there. Best modern Japanese.

  20. David K.
    David K.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Great restaurant with a very special approach to Japanese cuisine - not the run of the mill standards - all dishes beautifully prepared and presented with interesting tstesand flavours. Also an extensive sake list. Great service and good value

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277 Carlisle Street, 3183, Balaclava (VIC), Australia

About the restaurant

Turning Japanese This lovely Japanese restaurant, En Izakaya, is a special environment indeed, with its unusual wooden ’kaminka’ style furnishings - literally meaning ’wood without nails’. The dark timbers are subtle enough to really showcase the colours of the kitchen with lovely presentation displayed on their small plates, as much of the food is designed to share. Contemporary methods of Japanese cooking are on show here and they have an extensive wine list and selection of drinks - useful when their kanji character in the name actually translates to ‘drinking party’. Come here for a special occasion, first date or a business meeting, and leave feeling as though you have been fed from the inside of your soul outwards. For lunch you can choose from three set menus to represent the dishes on offer, or enjoy individual dishes such as a shiitake omelette with Japanese fermented soy beans, or seared momen tofu with miso infused eggplant. Best dish: pan seared duck breast with shiitake mushroom and Japanese black vinegar

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