Designed by esteemed architecture and design practice Russell & George, Ishizuka was awarded Restaurant of the Year at the 2019 Frame Awards in Amsterdam, International Winner in the Australia & Pacific Restaurant category at the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in London, and Restaurant Design of the Year at the 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards in Melbourne.
Fine dining atmosphere, detail on the presentation on the food, can't get any better Japanese food in Melbourne
An exceptional meal from start to finish. For starters, pictures don’t do the beauty of the restaurant’s decor justice. Timing of dishes was executed perfectly and the open kitchen design allowed for a very exciting dining experience. The alcohol matching was consistently excellent, taking diners on a journey around Australia and the world. It’s very rare that I remember something outstanding from every dish after a degustation but this was one of those rare cases. The flavours were harmonious and dishes wereprepared immaculately. While I still consider Minamishima to be the best sushi in Australia, Ishizuka definitely makes a strong argument for the best Japanese dining experiences money can buy in Australia
Thank you to everyone who assisted in making this night a memorable one. My boyfriend was much surprised and the staff and food was outstanding. I loved the seasonal menu and atmosphere.
Me and my boyfriend went to Ishizuka on thursdau the 30th of August. The entrence is not too hard to find with a little bit of guiding from the receptionist. She seemed very friendly and helpfull. When we sat at the bar which is the dining area, where the chef's cook everything right in feont of your nose, i had the feeling i needed to be quiet or whispering because everyone around us was so quiet.
They presented the menu in a very beautiful way, gave us the options of a wine pairing which we did do with a cocktail to kick of with. The cocktails were good, some tasted very strong in my opinion.
The food was absolutely outstanding. Very beautiful presentations, on very beautiful plates and the flavours were amazing.
I would recommend this restaurant to people who don't mind spending a bit more money on high quality food and beverages. They absolutely blew my mind and gave me one special evening and dining experience
Well well well, finally had a chance to try this best Japanese cuisine. It is really really worth the money and can not give a fault of each dish. So fresh, so tasty, well prepared. Will go back to try other menus from other seasons.
Felt like we were back in Japan. Just bliss. Can’t fault anything.
From the moment of entering through the basement intercom entry, we knew this would be a special evening. Seating only 16 diners and with fantastic staff explaining each beautifully crafted course, it is a total experience as if we were in Japan. Ingredients such as snow crab, fresh yuzu are sourced form Japan and the combination of delicate and beautifully presented food match the decor and ambience for a superb night out. Overall excellent value and delicious wines either in a paring or own selection. We will be back
Amazing experience. Went for a birthday celebration. The atmosphere and the food were outstanding. Would definitely come back the next time we are in Melbourne.
Loved it ... quality from start to finish.
Definitely a special occasion restaurant that did not disappoint.
Amazing Kaiseki experience. Would definitely come back again.
Absolutely amazing! Cannot wait to come back!!
Not only an amazing meal but an absolutely outstanding experience, 12 courses with wine and sake pairings for most of the courses. Each course meticulously prepared right in front of you, perfect evening.
Perfect from start to finish. The theatre from trying to find the venue to being welcomed into a stylised beautiful environment. Wine and sake matching are resentful to take in the whole experience.
Excellent and authentic food and experience, from the hidden location to the decor and attentive service. As good as you can get outside of Japan itself. Brings us back to our beautiful kaiseki meals in Japan.
Every dish was like a work of art with flavours to match.
I have eaten a lot of Japanese food both in Australia and Japan and this was up there with the best.
The Toro sashimi was unbelievable good.
Staff were excellent.
It is worth every cent.
We will definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning to experience a different menu as it changes with the seasons.
Incredible experience - well worth the care they put into the food, the high quality authentic ingredients, impeccable service of staff and attention to detail.
Absolutely amazing!! Never had any Japanese food like this
I Surprised y wife for her birthday and she was over the moon. Authentic Japanese food, fantastic service. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a high end dining experience!
It was awesome!
Ishizuka is outstanding, incredible food, attentive staff and a great layout with 16 seats around the chefs area. Very special experience, absolutely recommend.
Such a priviledged experience--the food, ambiance and service was spot on.
Thank you, it made our anniversary very special.
Not enough food
Flawless service and amazing food. Easily one of the best dining experiences I had. Pacing of the courses were great and I felt satisfied after each course. Felt just right when my meal finished. I prefer this over traditional fine dining.
Wonderfully done!exquisite with the right balance! Best kaiseki meal experience that I’ve ever had :)
Nice to be there for the second time. Heard from the chef that they would change the menu the up coming month, booked a table immediately to taste the new season tasting menu. The first dinning experience was a little better than this time generally.
Could not fault our experience. We will definitely be back!
Superb food and atmosphere - great for a special occassion
Ishizuka lived up to everything you could hope for in an authentic Japanese experience. 'Tucked away in the basement of an apartment building' doesn't sound too appealing, but when you are welcomed in, it feels like you've just found a secret treasure trove where all of the treasure is food. All of the staff are respectful, polite, and eager to tell you about their culture and your dining experience. Beyond the acclaimed lantern where you can sit and wait for your booking stands the kitchen, which you sit at the front of as you watch the chefs prepare the meals fresh in front of you.
I won't spoil the rest, but trust me when I say that it is an experience you'll never forget. Excellent for anniversaries or for the gastronomes who are eager to try authentic Japanese cuisine.
Great food in a secluded setting. Food was Michelin star worthy, with great service all round. Highly recommended
delicious Japan food
An intimate and out of the way authentic restaurant in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. The menu is seasonal and exquisite. Every dish unique and a pleasure. An extensive and delicious cocktail, wine and pairing list as well. Once you find it, you will be impressed.
What an incredible dining experience! The intimate setting let us speak directly to the chef, and each course was absolutely delicious, intricate and a work of art.
Sublime Japanese food
Love the intimate and personalised experience. Every course has its own characters. We enjoyed all dishes.
Service is attentive and sitting at the counter allowed us to one serve and engage with Chef Ishizuka.
WOW! This is a place you remember and talk about for the rest of your days. Head Chef cooking in front of you and every dish was divine.
Cocktails, wine and Sake all top shelf.
I surprised my husband with dinner at Ishizuka for his birthday and I could not have asked for a better venue for a special occasion dinner! From the minute you enter through the basement door and are seated at the table in front of the chef it's a fabulous experience. The staff are attentive, the food and drinks are delicious and the decor is stunning. A little piece of Kanazawa in Melbourne.
Food was incredible. Service amazing. Wine was fabulous. Overall we both loved the experience. The only negative for us was that there was another diner sitting 2 seats away who was obviously unwell & kept getting up & going to the bathroom during the meal. It was distracting & sadly altered our experience slightly.
My experience at Ishizuka was incredible - the finesse and lavish attention to detail that has gone into the food was truly appreciated. Very clean flavours wrung out of perfectly prepared, elegant Japanese food. My wife and I were so pleasantly surprised to discover this restaurant, and if you are a fan of proper Japanese cuisine, I cannot recommend it enough.
To dine at Ishizuka is a superb experience. The food, the ambience, decor and attention to detail is exceptional. Definitely a 'special occasion' restaurant, however I will not be waiting for a special occasion to return.
I felt like I was in Tokyo for a couple of hours. The service was impeccable right from the beginning as you enter the restaurant. The chefs and servers were professional yet hospitable making it a warm and comfortable atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed everything and even had some good conversations with other guests seated on the chefs table. Overall 10/10, I’ve told all my friends about this place.