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CLOSED — Sakana

This colourful Japanese eatery from an acclaimed chef is hidden behind a Victorian-era shopfront.
By Libby Curran
August 23, 2018
By Libby Curran
August 23, 2018

Daylesford's acclaimed Japanese fine diner Kazuki's has embraced a new era. The historic Victorian-era space is now home to more casual sibling venue, Sakana.

Kazuki and Saori Tsuya's next chapter sets out to deliver a relaxed, share-friendly affair, taking its name and inspiration from a Japanese term describing food that's enjoyed with a tipple in hand.

From the kitchen, expect a lineup designed to live up to the moniker — the modern, Japanese menu heroes small bites and larger shared dishes. It's packed full of interesting ingredients from both around the world and closer to home, nodding to the inventive style of cooking chef-owner Kazuki Tsuya whips up on his days off.

There's a Hokkaido scallop carpaccio with edamame and coconut, pork and prawn dumplings in a classic XO sauce, and a tart blending flavours of matcha and yuzu. To really embrace the share format, settle in with the omakase menu ($85 a head), paired, perhaps, with one of the expertly curated wine or sake pairings.

While we're on the topic, the drinks situation holds its own against the food, whether you're snacking or diving in deep. You'll find an expansive list of local and international wines, alongside shochu, sake, craft beers and a crop of clever, Asian-inspired cocktail creations.

Images: Peter Tarasiuk

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