Autumn at Ishizuka

A new season brings a new menu and new faces to Melbourne’s fine dining Kaiseki restaurant.

Honouring the seasonal change, Ishizuka’s Creative Director Masahiko Yomoda has revealed his first autumn menu since joining Melbourne’s award-winning kaiseki restaurant last year.

Sakizuke – Wild-caught NZ scampi tartare, soba kaki, caviar, puffed buckwheat

Farewelling the warmer months and welcoming the change of season, Chef Yomo is now demonstrating his mastered culinary art form with a nightly nine-course set menu that celebrates the highest quality autumnal produce. 

Zensai – Aburi Hokkaido scallop, kinpira silverbeet, castella, saikyo miso-cured egg yolk, braised toro with bottarga, gingko nut, fried fugu

Hospitality veteren Chef Yomo joined the Ishizuka team in early 2020 prior to the first Melbourne lockdown. His Japanese heritage, flair for innovation, classic French training and natural talent has seen the kaiseki venue go from strength to strength under his guidance. 

Otsukuri – Spanish mackerel, flathead, tuna, amaebi, abalone

“When I first joined Ishizuka in early 2020 there is no way anyone could have predicted what lay ahead. I’m proud of how we managed during lockdown but I’m most excited to finally be able to present a Kaiseki menu to a full restaurant a year on,” says Yomoda.

Daimono – Kagoshima A5, braised daikon, seasonal herbs, crispy leek

“This menu is my representation of Autumn. In Japan, the seasons are incredibly important. Unfortunately, we can’t go to Japan at the moment – I miss it! – but I want to transport myself and my guests there through the creation of Japanese flavour and atmosphere. Ishizuka’s Autumn Kaiseki menu is a celebration of Australian Autumn produce and Japanese style.”

Another new face at Ishizuka is newly appointed restaurant manager Louise Naimo (Estelle, IDES). A hospitality professional with a passion for the industry and strong loyalty to her venues evident in her concise but impressive résumé of Melbourne institutions, Naimo is dedicated to creating impeccable experiences and looks forward to welcoming guests at Ishizuka. 

Offering an unrivalled Kaiseki menu in Melbourne’s fine dining scene, Ishizuka is open for dinner Thursday to Monday. 

Basement level B01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Images: Eve Wilson

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