143-145 Bourke Street
We are not short of izakayas in Melbourne. Be it Izakaya Den - my personal favourite, delicious japanese tapas and gorgeous cocktails & sake, the japanese BBQ over hot coals upstairs at Izakaya Chuji or Kumo Izakaya down Lygon.
Agedashi Tofu - Deep Fried Bean Curd in Tempura Sauce ($7)
The batter could be lighter, far from the ideal light golden crispy tempura coating a white japanese beancurd.
Yakisoba - Pan Fried Thin Egg Noodle with Beef & Vegetable ($12.5)
A decent stirfry with a heap of vegetable and soft beef.
Oyako Don - Chicken Pieces cooked with Egg & Onion on Rice ($11.5)
Wafu Steak - Grilled Beef Steak with Teriyaki Sauce ($17)
The beef was ridiculously sinewy and tough, despite the visuals.
Japanese Style Beef Curry on Rice ($12.5)
Tender beef chunks in japanese curry.
Buta Syoga Yaki - Sliced Pork Pan Fried with Sweet Soy Ginger Sauce ($14.3)
This was my favourite, delicious tender pork pieces in a fragrant ginger soy.
Gyu Sashi - Light Grilled Tender Beef Slices ($9)
Considering the steak was quite tough, this was surprisingly tender.
Izakaya Hachibeh has your typical array of Japanese food. Ranging from the sashimi, small plates to the hot food and your standard udon soba and -don dishes. The dishes are fairly average. Some were sub par like the wafu steak. The pork was surprisingly quite good.