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Akaiito Underground Bar & Eatery

4.2
4.2
41 Reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and discover our downstairs speakeasy ‘Akaiito Underground Bar’. Distinguished from the formal dining setting of upstairs, the Akaiito Underground Bar & Eatery is perfect for casual dining and drinks. Choose from a selection of Robata Grill Dishes, Japanese Tapas, Izakaya Snacks, Sharing Plates or our signature $65pp Sentaku menu.

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Booked 4 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of Operation

    Happy Hour
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
    Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9620 1343

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to impress at your next event? Our Speakeasy Underground Bar is the perfect venue to drink, eat and celebrate under the dazzling Red Thread of Fate. Private Events (Up to 120 guests) and sit-down dinners (Up to 60 guests) are available in this space. Other dining experiences include our Tsukiyo Private Dining Room for up to 12 guests.

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minute walk from Flinders Street Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

Raw Bar

  • Deluxe Sashimi Platters

    • Chef Selection 9 Pcs Sashimi$36.00
    • Chef Selection 15 Pcs Sashimi$58.00
    • Chef Selection 24 Pcs Sashimi$88.00
  • Oyster

    Freshly Shucked Sydney Rock Oyster, Salmon Roe, Truffle Ponzu

    • ea$5.00
  • Salmon Ceviche$22.00

    Crispy Quinoa, Granny Smith Apple, Spicy Ponzu, Mizuya

    • Himalayan Salt Slab Kingfish$21.00

      Ruby Pink Grapefruit, Angel Hair Daikon, Shio Kombu, Smoked Tomato Jelly, Coriander

      Smaller

      • Charcoal Edamame$8.00

        Yukari, Sea Salt

        • Wagyu Tartare$24.00

          Wagyu Tri-Tips, Egg Yolk, Ponzu, Crispy Shallots, Fragrant Herb, Prawn Crackers

          • Signature Robata Scallops

            Seaweed Butter, Yuzu, Chives

            • ea$8.00
          • Vegetarian Gyoza

            Shiitake Mushroom, Cabbage, Ponzu Sauce

            • 6pcs$18.00
          • Wagyu & Foie Gras Slider

            Caramelised Onion, American Cheese, Foie Gras Mayo, Pickled Gherkin

            • ea$9.00
          • "Black Stone" Tempura$16.00

            Tempura Broccoli, Spicy Mayo

            Sushi

            • Rainbow Roll$28.00

              Spicy Tuna, Tasmanian Salmon, Avocado, Takuan, Sweet Soy

              • Wagyu Roll$29.00

                48 Hour Sous-vide Short Ribs, Leek, Pickle Daikon, Asparagus, Netsuke Sauce

                • Vegan Yasai$22.00

                  Avocado, Asparagus, Takuan, Seaweed Paste

                  • Upside Down Salmon Belly Nigiri

                    Katsuobushi Sushi Rice, Nitsume Sauce

                    • 3pcs$21.00

                  Larger

                  • Akaiito Gyoza

                    Prawn, Cabbage, Shiitake, Spicy Shellfish Oil Vinaigrette

                    • 6pcs$22.00
                  • Honey Glazed Chicken Ribs$28.00

                    Chicken Ribs, Honey & Lemon Sauce

                    • Robata Black Angus Short Rib Bo Ssam$42.00

                      Char-Grilled 48-Hour Slow Cooked Short Ribs, Kimchi, Yuzu Kosho, Oakleaf Lettuce Cups

                      • Eggplant Tempura$28.00

                        Deep-Fried Eggplant, Spicy Black Vinegar Sauce

                        • Sambal Butter King Prawn

                          Robata Grilled King Prawn, Kombu, Sambal Butter

                          • 4pcs$36.00
                        • Robata Kingfish Collar$32.00

                          Char-Grilled King Fish Collar, Apple Ponzu, Chives

                          Sides

                          • Lotus Chips$9.00

                            Seaweed Flakes, Aioli

                            • Sweet Potato Chips$11.00

                              Plum Sugar

                              • Steamed Rice$3.00

                                Dessert

                                • Chocolate Fondant$18.00

                                  Vanilla Ice-Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce, Fair Floss

                                  Last updated: 3 December 2021

                                  What 41 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                  4.2
                                  4.2 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.3Food
                                  • 3.9Service
                                  • 4.3Ambience
                                  • 3.8Value

                                  NoiseModerate

                                  Loved For

                                  • City Centre

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                                  1. AM

                                    AndrewM

                                    Tasmania

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 31 December 2021

                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                    It’s was so hot the aircon was not on all night was very dissapointing

                                  2. MH

                                    MichaelH

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 28 December 2021

                                    overall3food3service2ambience4

                                    Sashimi was fine, could have been a little fresher. Order of food could be refined to create a more pleasant experience.

                                  3. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Victoria

                                    3 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 26 December 2021

                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                    Absolutely terrible service the staff are rude and oblivious, had a booking called to say we were arriving late was told “that’s fine” we arrive and are told the kitchens closed and to “not bother” the staff proceeded to tell me “you arrived late” firstly I called ahead of time to inform the staff I was arriving late not once was I told I wouldn’t be served food if I was told we wouldn’t have wasted our time and our night.

                                    Akaiito Underground Bar & EateryResponded on 28 December 2021

                                    Hi Anonymous Review, firstly we understand your disappointment and we would like to clarify some details. Upon booking with us, our pre-booking terms & conditions clearly state that the Underground Bar Kitchen closes at 10pm and no food can be ordered after this time. We do however have our bar open until late. Unfortunately, in this circumstance, your booking was at 9:30pm, and running 30 minutes late meant that your arrival time was after the kitchen closed. We hope you can understand.

                                  4. AS

                                    AndrewS

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 26 December 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Fantastic ambience and friendly food service staff in the bar section. High quality food but very small serving. Front desk tends to be very curt and not welcoming. Needs to be more friendly.

                                  5. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 17 December 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    2nd time coming here! Not one dish failed to disappoint me. Loved the ambience, staff were friendly and courteous. Easily one of my favourite restaurants and will be coming back again for sure.

                                  6. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 10 December 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Amazing ambiance and culture, food is lovely and tasty cocktails have great flavour!

                                  7. D

                                    Dani

                                    Melbourne

                                    5 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on 10 December 2021

                                    overall3food3service2ambience4

                                    Akaiito is a COOL place to hang, ambiance, decor and music are all good. Service was pretty slow and confused. Menu offerings are interesting and tasty, but a little overpriced for what you get. (small portions) 90min booking session is too short, so we booked to go somewhere else. Once we got there we were told we could stay another hour - BUT TOO LATE - I had already booked our group to move onto the next venue. Which meant Akaiito missed out on all those drinks.......

                                  8. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 4 December 2021

                                    overall4food5service5ambience3

                                    A great experience (again) but placed in the end cubicle which was too bright and not suitable to people.

                                  9. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Melbourne

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 3 December 2021

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    Loved the food, service was hectic but good and the sake rocked! Over all, loved it and would go again.

                                  10. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 2 December 2021

                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                    Feed me menu is mean. Small portions, zero sides. Feels incomplete, and $75 to boot. Food very average. He had to pay extra for a dessert and left hungry. Not in the league of Chin Chin or similar. A real disappointment.

                                  11. M

                                    Momo

                                    Melbourne

                                    2 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 1 December 2021

                                    overall3food4service1ambience2

                                    When we arrived, 3 waiter just walked past us without greeting. Looked under staffed.

                                  12. T

                                    Tess

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 27 November 2021

                                    overall1food1service2ambience2

                                    Food was way too expensive for its price. Was mostly too salty, tuna sashimi was not fresh, sushi pieces were cut haphazardly, but what pushed me to write this review was that the sushi rice was mushy. Waiter took off his mask right before talking over the food. They also forgot our order and didn't attempt to serve it, instead just "cancelled" it. We paid 160 bucks between the two of us and ended up getting maccas after. Shocking

                                  13. s

                                    sheenac

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 27 November 2021

                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                    We were sat in a booth which was great for our party of 5 and for conversation/noise levels. However the booth could use some upkeep. Paint all around was very stratched and chipped making it look ratty, the mirror overhead were filthy, and there was tons of crumbs and old food and dust around the outer edges. Bathrooms could also use a lot of attention. Dirty and wet, and the lock on one is broken. Employees were super friendly, but not terribly attentive, but that seems pretty standard in Australia. Food was okay, we enjoyed everything. cocktails were nice, and we were pretty surprised at how low the bill was because ordered a lot of food and drinks! So good value for price. Also- the atmosphere of the bar is far too sexy for the bland white dude acoustic music that was playing. You guys and a really sexy bar, make the music match (and fix of that booth so it feels sexy too)! It makes all the difference. All in all we enjoyed our evening 😊

                                  14. n

                                    nataliel

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 27 November 2021

                                    overall3food4service1ambience3

                                    Average drinks, very lacklustre service. The staff just are not friendly or welcoming at all.

                                  15. J

                                    John

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 23 November 2021

                                    overall2food2service2ambience3

                                    3 of us ordered the $75pp option, refused to do a plescatarian ie no meat but fish said can only do a vegan one even though it was mostly fish. Service was slow and nowhere near enough food. Decent quality but shockingly poor value

                                  16. ML

                                    ML2021

                                    Melbourne

                                    4 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 23 November 2021

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food! 2 cocktails for $25 is a good deal too. If I were to make any comments, the booths are quite oddly shaped for a party of 4+ - the chairs are quite low and everyone is quite spread out so it can be difficult to hear.

                                  17. CC

                                    CatCanRob

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 20 November 2021

                                    overall3food5service1ambience3

                                    First of all, I understand that due to lockdowns, getting staff and training them is difficult What is not difficult is explaining to people is what the food is that they are eating off the Feed Me menu. Waiters would just place food on the table and not say what we were eating, leaving a guessing game of food. The manager was rude to the staff in front of customers, openly yelling at them for placing the wrong drink meant for another table on our table. There was also staff just standing around, not paying attention to customers, while others were run off their feet. Once we were ready to leave, they took an extraordinary amount of time to bring the check over to the table, claiming a "system breakdown", making us late for our next booking. The food was delicious, I just wish we knew what we were eating.

                                  18. DB

                                    DuncanB

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 18 November 2021

                                    overall4food5service5ambience2

                                    Lighting was too dark

                                  19. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 17 November 2021

                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                    Waiter forgot to input our order so waited over an hour for any food to come out. Also very overpriced for what you get.

                                  20. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Venezuela

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 17 November 2021

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    We dined downstairs and it was a great chill vibe with high end menu. The quality is great! Much like upstairs dining but more chilled. Venue looks great too! Highly recommended.

                                  21. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 16 November 2021

                                    overall1food2service1ambience4

                                    They should specify on the website and on the downstairs booking that you are unable to bring your own cakes into the restuarant. Food came out at the most random times.. some food came out cold. Literally would only come to drink (if I ever wanted to come back). We had one lovely server but honestly the experience is not worth the wait or money. Very disappointed to summarise the whole experience.

                                  22. SR

                                    SheridanR

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 16 November 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing! The food, the ambience, the drinks, the booths. Everything. Go if you haven't already and order everything. One of the best nights we have had! Go midweek and order extra and get melbourne dollars back at the moment. I got mine back already this morning and I only went last night.

                                  23. AS

                                    AnmolS

                                    Melbourne

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on 14 November 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Outstanding. The food, service and ambience were superb. Especially the kingfish sashimi and scallops were sublime. Highly recommend

                                  24. M

                                    Mikey

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 13 November 2021

                                    overall3food4service2ambience5

                                    I expected more from this place. Drinks were very weak for the price, staff looked very confused and lost

                                  25. k

                                    kylie

                                    Hawaii

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 12 November 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Great ambience great service good range of beverages and food let us go to the bar to continue the night after our booking

                                  26. BG

                                    BenG

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 5 November 2021

                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                    Really loved the food and the team was friendly and helpful. The venue was also great, however, there were only a few of us seated, so the vibe was very quiet.

                                  27. NC

                                    NathanC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 30 October 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    A great night out with friendly service and great food. A good example of a typically quirky Melbourne restaurant.

                                  28. JS

                                    JamesS

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 24 October 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Great food. Great service. Even better cocktails.

                                  29. AJ

                                    AntonyJ

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 23 October 2021

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Cool & a quirky!! Friendly service too! Definitely be back!!! :)

                                  30. BC

                                    BiancaC

                                    Melbourne

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on 23 October 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    What a gorgeous venue, firstly. Such a nice, fancy vibe. The food was so fresh and delicious. Great cocktails. The wait staff were very helpful and attentive, especially with my dietary requirements. Was a lovely evening.

                                  31. KP

                                    KathrynP

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 22 October 2021

                                    overall3food5service3ambience5

                                    Really long wait

                                  32. D

                                    Deidre

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 1 August 2021

                                    overall4food3service4ambience5

                                    Robata dishes are very good. Foie gras flavour is too mild and barely noticeable.

                                  33. NL

                                    NaomiL

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 31 July 2021

                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                    Food was delicious, lovely venue, comfortable chairs. Service was good, but if had been more attentive, probably would have spent more.

                                  34. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 31 July 2021

                                    overall3food4service1ambience3

                                    Poor customer service took so long for us to get service, looked like we were invisible. Other tables were getting service snd we had to ask for help all the time. The food was great but the experience wasn’t great due to the poor customer service. Sorry.

                                  35. J

                                    John

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 28 July 2021

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    Great food and service was excellent and attentive

                                  36. DL

                                    DeeL

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 10 July 2021

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great service and ambiance. Delicious bar menu and reasonably priced.

                                  37. CM

                                    ChelseaM

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 2 July 2021

                                    overall4food4service3ambience5

                                    Ambiance was amazing, and the staff were friendly, just would have liked some more vegan options and better labelled vegan options. The staff also were unsure when I asked about this. Other than that, amazing place.

                                  38. H

                                    Haley

                                    Melbourne

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on 26 June 2021

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Amazing space and the food and cocktails were to die for. Only slight comment would be a slight lack of attentiveness from staff as we needed to keep getting their attention to get more table water and drinks. Other than that it was a great evening. Thank you :)

                                  39. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Melbourne

                                    4 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on 22 June 2021

                                    overall3food3service4ambience5

                                    Ambience and location was amazing but both value and quality of food was lacking.

                                  40. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Miami

                                    2 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on 19 June 2021

                                    overall2food3service2ambience1

                                    We had to call the waiter over and ask they take our drinks order as they showed no interest in heading our way, when we were first seated. And the service wasn’t exactly what you’d call inviting or warm. At one stage the barman was also quite rude. They really don’t know anything about customer service at all. And to top it off, a waiter shushed our table as he walked past - and we weren’t rambucksious young people, we are all in our 40s and professions, one of the members at our table happened to get a little excited and laughed too loudly at something. We left as soon as this happened. Not impressive at all. The food was good but not as good as you would expect for the price ( 4 of us spent $900) the salmon cerviche was salty and over dressed, hiding all flavor of the actual salmon. And while the venue looks amazing, there’s no vibe. No ambience at all. Overall very disappointed and wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Shame really as I had really high hopes for it.

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                                  Akaiito Underground Bar & Eatery is rated 4.2 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                  Booked 4 times today
                                  Google Map for Akaiito Underground Bar & Eatery

                                  349-351 Flinders Ln Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

                                  • Area

                                    Melbourne CBD

                                  • Hours of Operation

                                    Happy Hour
                                    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
                                    Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
                                    Dinner
                                    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

                                  • Cuisines

                                    Japanese

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress Code

                                    Business Casual

                                  • Parking Details

                                    Street Parking

                                  • Public Transit

                                    5 minute walk from Flinders Street Station

                                  • Payment Options

                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Additional

                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

                                  • Phone number

                                    (03) 9620 1343

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    Looking to impress at your next event? Our Speakeasy Underground Bar is the perfect venue to drink, eat and celebrate under the dazzling Red Thread of Fate. Private Events (Up to 120 guests) and sit-down dinners (Up to 60 guests) are available in this space. Other dining experiences include our Tsukiyo Private Dining Room for up to 12 guests.

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