This swish Japanese restaurant is more than cutting-edge; it’s as sharp as a yanagi knife. Sydney chef Hao Chen, who recently moved to Canberra, has created an eponymous 11-course tasting menu and the tantalising tour through his offerings is immaculately presented every step of the way. Want to venture off on your own? The salty pop of orange roe atop Tasmanian salmon tartare sets the scene amid the black and bamboo décor. Next, try the kingfish with finely chopped red onion and truffle yuzu sauce or tender duck fat confit tebasaki (chicken wings) on miso butter – itself a sake- infused, wondrously smoky creation that stars in a number of dishes. Japanese whisky fans have a copious list to indulge in and those with a sweet tooth will want to order The Zen Stone, a citrusy concoction of chocolate crunch, joconde and kalamansi ganache.
Open seven days for lunch and dinner
Best for: Sleek and subtle Japanese
Stand-out dish: 50-day grain fed scotch fillet with condiments
Fab factor: The variety of fish on offer
Address: Shop DG36C, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra
Phone number: (02) 6248 6869