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I remember iiza opening on King St in Newtown a couple of years ago just before I left Sydney. Seemingly yet another Japanese restaurant to join the 4 or 5 already there, iiza manages to set itself apart by being just that little bit more authentic, and having less of a focus on the Western-friendly options of Katsu curry’s and the like.

A bowl of warm edamame sprinkled with salt to begin the meal.

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Half a dozen panfried pork gyoza, these were golden and crispy.

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Agadeshi tofu had a thicker coating than usual, but it resulted in a skin that stayed crispy for longer.

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Salmon roles which I delicately poked out the avocado with my chopstick, as it’s pretty yuck. Tempura scraps on top are crunchy battered deliciousness and the sushi rice is soft and clearly rolled fresh.

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The last dish was sashimi salmon that had been lightly bow-torched. The fish had a smokey finish, and came with grated daikon and dollops of sauce. One of the prettiest presentations I’ve seen.

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iiza is definitely one of the best Japanese options on King St. The food is made with care and a detail to presentation. Prices are a little higher than the other options, but is definitely worth paying that little bit extra.

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