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En Izakaya

9.5/10
245
277 Carlisle Street, 3183 Balaclava (VIC)See map

Average price $50

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Restaurant menu

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

Excellent

9.5/10
based on 245 reviews
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Quality of food :9.7/10
Service :9.7/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Tony A.
    Tony A.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    My partner and I have been going to En Izakaya for a couple of years. The food is consistently good and the service always polite, friendly and unobtrusive. Every meal we have enjoyed here has been delicious

  4. Daniel M.
    Daniel M.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food is delicious, with lots of specials and new things to try. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. Couldn't recommend this restaurant more!

  5. Thomas T.
    Thomas T.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent food wine and service ... a favourite restaurant we go back to time and time again. The tuna with wasabi and pistachio dressing is a signature dish not to be missed! .

  6. Maria e.
    Maria e.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Sensational as always! Every dish was delicious as was the sake. Seriously the best Japanese food in town. So happy to have you guys back. Can’t wait to return

  7. Louise M.
    Louise M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Another superb dinner at En Izakaya. Ten years since Andy Gray and his team set up in Carlisle St and the food and service is still top quality. My last meal out before lockdown. My first meal back.

  8. Maria e.
    Maria e.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    This place is always amazing! Best Japanese food in Melbourne and great value for money! Best sushi I’ve had out of Japan but you just can’t go wrong with any of their menu items

  9. Cameron M.
    Cameron M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Simply one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne. The staff are always courteous and the food is superb. The atmosphere is always warm and cosy with the perfect noise level. A wonderful intimate place.

  10. Helena W.
    Helena W.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Amazing imaginative vegetarian options !

  11. Georgr B.
    Georgr B.
    • one review
    9/10

    Attentive, friendly and efficient service and excellent food, beautifully presented. Reliable service and food and very good value for money.

  12. Caroline W.
    Caroline W.
    • one review
    10/10

    Absolutely loved our dining experience here. Food was amazing and delicious. The service just as good as the food. Friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Glad we found this place. Already looking forward to returning. Thank you for such an enjoyable day.

  13. Justin B.
    Justin B.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Doubt you could get a better experience in Tokyo. Was a world class experience

  14. John N.
    John N.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    amazing food. great service.

  15. Adam S.
    Adam S.
    • 10 reviews
    8/10

    Nice food - tempura whiting was particularly tasty, serving sizes are small - more like tapas, so need to order 3-4 things pp, good for gluten free, good service

  16. Amanda K.
    Amanda K.
    • one review
    10/10

    This restaurant is wonderful! The service could not have been better and its not too noisy especially being a small restaurant. All of our dishes were fantastic and i believe the prices are extremely reasonable. Staff were very attentive accommodating. It was the perfect birthday dinner for myself and my family!

  17. Florian G.
    Florian G.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Really good restaurant

  18. Tony A.
    Tony A.
    • 3 reviews
    8/10

    Very good food- a wide collection of small share plates offers diners a variety of tasty treats. Good wines though wine list is rather modest. A range of sakés is available too. Service is prompt and exceptionally friendly. It can be a little noisy when busy, as it often is, but not so loud as to make conversation difficult. Tariff was good value/moderate. Happy to give a fulsome recommendation.

  19. Karen I.
    Karen I.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    I have enjoyed the set lunch here before and it again more than lived up to expectations. The other 3 guests were very happy with our choice of venue, food, etc. Excellent service too.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    10/10

    The amount spent per person included wine.

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How to get to the restaurant

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

Directions to get there

Balaclava, Melbourne South East, Port Phillip

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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