At Izu Village Restaurant, come attempt a regular, all-you-can-consume hot pot knowledge, dunking delicate meats in a sizzling pot of broth. You have 90 minutes, go!
Final month, Zomato invited me to verify out Izu Village, a regular Japanese hot pot restaurant in the Town Hall-finish of Sydney’s CBD. An all-you-can-consume trip to Tokyo? Of course, I’m keen. But offered the only point I can cook is baked beans, occasionally fried eggs, I brought Jude along to do all the heavy-lifting at this DIY dinner.
All-you-can-consume hot pot
Izu Village Restaurant opened about six or so months ago, appropriate in the epicentre of the building chaos of George Street. But stroll up the stairs and you absolutely overlook about the bollards and bunting, acquiring your self in a space that is light and vibrant. The Japanese minimalism, on point.
The predicament at Izu is for $48 (lunch) or $68 (dinner) you get to order as a lot of meats, noodles, sushi, sides and desserts as you can stomach in 90 minutes.
To get started with, your yin and yang-shaped hot pot is filled with two broths (there’s a decision of 10). We chose the tom yum and regular sukiyaki – apparently the latter is a crowd favourite and you can have an understanding of why. The sweet broth of 13 sorts of stewed vegetables and grilled marrow bone, mixed with a cost-free variety egg, complements the meats and noodles like tonic does gin.
Subsequent you determine on your noodles. We went protected with udon.
Then you pick out your sides. At this point I became a small overwhelmed. Potato salad, soft boiled eggs, vegetable salad, jellyfish salad, edamame, seaweed salad, pickled cucumbers, mushroom salad, oh my!
And I haven’t even got to the vegetable buffet, sashimi platter, self-serve non-alcoholic drink station and endless parade of desserts but. Or the truth that you can just preserve ordering much more.
Izu Village Restaurant is…
Exciting, with broth splashed everywhere, a table bursting with colourful small dishes and the truth you get to play chef for the evening. Nicely, Jude gets to play chef. And he was the man dunking our tender, thinly-sliced pork shoulder, lamb and wagyu in the bubbling hot pot.
For me, the highlights had been the wagyu chuck roll, with udon noodles, in the sukiyaki broth the extremely fresh sashimi platter and the assorted sushi rolls (of which we had three…).
Just, heavens to Betsy, make confident you save area for dessert!
Izu Village Restaurant | 630 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales