Ishizuka

4.9
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41 reviews
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$101 and over
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Japanese
A secret within Melbourne’s city centre, Ishizuka offers a refined kaiseki experience that reflects the pinnacle of Japanese dining in an intimate subterranean restaurant space. Honoured with two hats at the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards, Head Chef Hitoshi Miyazawa’s cuisine is meticulously prepared and exquisitely served, guiding diners on a journey through time, place and season.

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.
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4.9
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4.9
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4.5
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KL
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fine dining atmosphere, detail on the presentation on the food, can't get any better Japanese food in Melbourne

A
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

F
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

L
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

JF
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Felt like we were back in Japan. Just bliss. Can’t fault anything.

j
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

KB
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

MT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it ... quality from start to finish.
Definitely a special occasion restaurant that did not disappoint.

KD
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Kaiseki experience. Would definitely come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Cannot wait to come back!!

JG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

FF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

r
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

SW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

HE
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible experience - well worth the care they put into the food, the high quality authentic ingredients, impeccable service of staff and attention to detail.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! Never had any Japanese food like this

KW
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

AK
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was awesome!

S
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ishizuka is outstanding, incredible food, attentive staff and a great layout with 16 seats around the chefs area. Very special experience, absolutely recommend.

A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a priviledged experience--the food, ambiance and service was spot on.
Thank you, it made our anniversary very special.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Not enough food

s
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

z
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderfully done!exquisite with the right balance! Best kaiseki meal experience that I’ve ever had :)

WG
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

a
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not fault our experience. We will definitely be back!

WM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food and atmosphere - great for a special occassion

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

10/10.

AC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food in a secluded setting. Food was Michelin star worthy, with great service all round. Highly recommended

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delicious Japan food

MP
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

SW
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

CL
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sublime Japanese food

CM
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

PR
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

KW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

SD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

JJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.