So ... Lilotang. The latest venture by the people who run three other iconic Canberra eateries (The Chairman and Yip, the Lanterne Rooms, and Malamay), Lilotang is in the Burbury Hotel in Barton, and offers a modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. As some of the earliest guests we were treated to a very personal experience: a degustation dinner comprising about twelve artistically-arranged courses, each explained by the very charming chef. I didn't take photos of all of the courses, but here are a few to whet your appetite:
Umami-jime snapper with white peach and heirloom tomatoes
Sashimi tuna and avocado with wasabi okra soy
Roast umami vegetables with orange miso in orange pot
Chargrilled Wagyu sirloin marinated in Japanese herb miso
Sticky mochi-mochi tofu with brown syrup and green tea ice cream
Houji tea smooth pudding with sweet potato
The décor was cute too. Rather than our usual red wine – which could have drowned the flavours – we tried several different sakes. There are plenty to choose from.
One of our fellow diners described the meal as edible art. It was indeed a most memorable and delicious evening. We hope Lilotang does well!