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Ichi Ni

Address
Address:
Esplanade Hotel
12 The Esplanade
St Kilda VIC 3182
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9534 1212
Cuisine
Cuisine: Japanese
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$

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From the ashes of the Esplanade Hotel’s bottle shop springs Ichi Ni, a Japanese izakaya-style St Kilda restaurant boasting superb views across Port Phillip Bay. It’s funky, noisy, brash and fun, with great booths offering fabulous views over the bay, seats around the open kitchen and bar area, and a cute little luau-style hut.

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Adjacent to St Kilda’s iconic Esplanade Hotel, close to the corner of Fitzroy Street.

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When you first walk into this restaurant it feels a bit like something out of a movie. It’s as if the decorators went a bit mad and threw everything into the mix, and the result is a space awash with vibrant colour, light and movement. It’s funky, noisy, brash and fun, with great booths offering fabulous views over the bay, seats around the open kitchen and bar area, and a cute little luau-style hut that must always be in hot demand. Ichi Ni is an izakaya restaurant – or what we would call a Japanese pub. Head chef Yasuhiro Fukuhara (of Taxi and 100 Mile Cafe) has devised a menu that is a combination of traditional standards and some of his own creations. Take, for example, the diced tofu and avocado tossed in chilli paste and served with strips of nori for you to fashion into your own nori roll.

It’s possible to eat cheaply here, although the friendly and efficient staff make it way too easy to get stuck into their impressive selection of sake. There is a good selection of small Japanese tapas dishes, from edamame beans through to a delicious serve of miso-marinated pork belly, all for less than $10. More substantial fare in the form of sushi and sashimi platters, yakitori skewers and various don round out the menu. Currently, desserts consist solely of ice-cream, but flavours such as the tart and sweet balsamic vinegar, and the intriguing pumpkin, demand at least a tasting. The restaurant’s mad Japanese style even extends to the bathroom, with turbo-charged hand dryers that warrant several visits to the unisex ablutions.

Angela Costanzo
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From the friendly greeting to the eventual satisfied departure, Ichi Ni is a delight. After several visits, I still can't go past the fabulous tapas menu in which freshness, flavour, balance and exciting ingredients are coupled with excellent service. There is a great range of hot and cold sake available with a good beer and wine selection. Staff are knowledgeable and a great help in matching drinks to dishes. If you like Japanese food, this place is a must-to visit.review  25/07/2011

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I went to this restaurant last night because it was highly recommended. Was not disappointed. Fast service, great food and reasonably priced. Every dish we ordered was flavoursome and moreish. Would definitely go again.review  09/06/2011

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