Izakaya Hachibeh is one of the numerous Japanese restaurants in Melbourne’s CBD and located on Bourke Street, right across from the Russell St/Bourke St tram stop. During the last night of my cousins’ stay in Melbourne, we decided to have some Japanese and happened to stumble upon this restaurant. When we entered, the first thing I noticed was the prominently red interior from the decorations and light, and how lively and crowded the restaurant was. Even though the quality of the food is good, it wasn’t amazing. And I’m disappointed at how expensive and little the portion of the food is here, so I thought it wasn’t really worth the value for money.
– General Review –
- Service: 7/10
Service personnel was quite friendly, but food took a while to be served. There’s also a large variety of food and drinks available to choose from.
- Servicescape: 7/10
Plenty of Japanese decorations around and had a little bit of Japanese bar feel to it. Dim red lighting, very relaxing but warm nonetheless. Loved the Japanese music that they were playing in the background! There was also a second floor, so I’m assuming that the restaurant was pretty big (we were seated at a table near the entrance).
- Non-smoking area: Yes, seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, plenty of vegetarian dishes available.
- Price range: $$ (AU$10 – $18 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
– Food Experience –
The takoyaki came in 10 pieces and I loved it! Felt like the takoyaki was quite authentic with hints of ginger, and although it didn’t come with mayonnaise and fish flakes like how I’m used to, the takoyaki sauce was still really good anyway. The takoyaki was soft and didn’t rip easily, but as much as I love the dish, I feel like it was too pricey – I could definitely find similar quality of takoyaki but at a cheaper price elsewhere.
The gyoza at Izakaya Hachibeh was a pretty good dish overall – the skin wasn’t too thick, thin, nor too fried, and the stuffing was really delicious. The sauce that came with it wasn’t too salty nor overwhelming as well.
I loved how the okonomiyaki was presented – with lots of mayonnaise and sauce – but I was pretty disappointed with the portion. It was a lot smaller than I expected it to be and way too expensive for the amount I was given. Aside from that, the okonomiyaki was still really enjoyable.
The Tonjiru had a light taste and even though the soup wasn’t clear, it wasn’t too oily. There were plenty of carrots and tofu that were cut into little pieces and added into the soup as well, along with sesame seeds that made the dish really fragrant. But again, way too expensive for a bowl of soup.
For a main course, the Yakisoba‘s portion was also a lot smaller than I expected. I appreciate how they separated the ginger instead of incorporating it into the dish though, because not everyone likes it. The yakisoba tasted pretty good, wasn’t too salty, had plenty of vegetables, but just wasn’t very filling.
Contact number: +61 3 9078 9909
Website: Izakaya Hachibeh
Operating hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm-2pm; 6pm-11pm (last order 10.15pm)
Sat: 6pm-11pm (last order 10.15pm)
Posted by: V