Ichitaro Dining on King William Road right next to The Pot in Hyde Park, is a welcome addition to Adelaide’s dining scene.

The food is described as ‘Japanese Dining’, which is somewhere between home cooking and fine dining which makes a nice change for the chef who has 25 years of experience in Japanese fine dining.

It’s a small, relaxed place – seats around 25 people, and the fit out is modern with dark walls and lots of rope!

The food was very fresh and of excellent quality and we ordered some dishes that were a little different. Started with the Otoro Nigiri (Premium Tuna Belly) – what a textural delight – loved it!, followed by the Kingfish Carpaccio – delicious! Then came the Panko Crumbed Oysters (these were nice, but I think Ginza Miyako at the Stamford Plaza does a better fried oyster). Then came magnificence in the form of Saikyo Style Black Cod which is miso marinated and slow baked. HEAVEN – I could have eaten a kilo! If you’re a clam fan, you’ll love the Hamaguri Clams, fresh from New Zealand, and the broth was extremely drinkable, which often isn’t the case. The last two dishes were the thick cut Grilled Octopus served with plum and wasabi, and the SA Angus Beef Tenderloin which was beautifully presented and cooked perfectly medium rare.

A great little wine list too featuring some of my favourites including Stefano Lubiana, Yangarra, and S.C. Pannell.

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