During my recent work trip to Canberra, I stayed at the Burbury, a boutique hotel in Barton. The hotel is part of the Realm precinct which conveniently is also home to a number of restaurants.
Lilotang is a modern Japanese restaurant with a menu that is a mix between fine dining and izakaya.
Complimentary edamame with chilli salt
It's always nice to start the meal with some edamame. These are quite addictive with the kick from the chilli salt.
Chicken meatball with creamy egg
I always order tsukune, or chicken meatball if I see it on the menu. Cooked on the robata grill, it gives the dish a wonderful smoky flavour. It's even better dipped in the creamy egg.
Roast umami vegetables in orange miso
The roast umami vegetables are delicious with a prominent citrus flavour. It's a cute idea served in a hollowed out orange, but my only gripe is that it's a minuscule serving.
Pork spare ribs with pickled red cabbage, black pepper, balsamic and soy
The sweet and sticky pork ribs were balanced nicely with the tartness of the balsamic.
Kaki-age tempura rice
The kaki-age tempura rice is ordered by the bowl; it's an individual serving of rice topped with kaki-age which is basically strips of tempura vegetables.
Chicken thigh skewers with yakitori sauce
We are so impressed with the robata grilled skewers, that we decide to add to our order and try the chicken thigh skewers. The order does not disappoint - the skewers are juicy and have that wonderful charcoal grilled flavour to them.
Roast Fuji apple
Of course I can't go past the dessert menu, and finally decide on the roast Fuji apple with yuzu ice cream, walnuts and honey infused Umeshu. This was a lovely asian take on the humble apple pie, with the yuzu adding a refreshing citrus twist.