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Posted September 16, 2007 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Occasion
 
 

Iwa, Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room

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I’ve heard many positive rants about Iwa. So, during last week’s APEC chaos in the city, I decided to head north with my family to celebrate some new opportunities. Oh… and let me just say, I absolutely love Wagyu.
Iwa sits along Victoria Avenue in a sleek black building. The entrance is narrow but the interior is chic. Shiny copper exhaust fans hung above each table and looked striking against the dark wooden panels.
For starters, we were presented with tiny pots of pumpkin soup. It was creamy and rich with petite cubes of the vegetable.

starter, pumpkin soup / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

starter, pumpkin soup
And then I ordered the wagyu beef tataki salad. The serving size was small; however each slice of wagyu was identically perfect. The outside was grilled to a charcoal brown and the inside was succulently rare. Ooo, the tangy sauce complimented it so well.

wagyu beef tataki salad  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

wagyu beef tataki salad
Spider rolls have always been another favourite of mine. The tempura fried soft-shell crab was warm and was held closely together with avocado and nori. This was totally delicious when eaten alongside a large piping-hot plate of tempura. There was pumpkin, eggplant, carrot, zucchini and ofcourse prawns. So light, fluffy and crisp!

spider roll  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

spider roll

assorted tempura  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

assorted tempura
Unlike the spider roll, the California roll was slightly disappointing. Although it was generous with fish roe, the crab stick was overly moist with mayonnaise…

california roll  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

california roll

dipping sauces  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

dipping sauces
Iwa is unquestionably a modern piece of art. The exhaust fan when unused hung classily retracted and when the Yakiniku grill was taken out, it was conveniently pulled down to about 20cm above the mesh so that we didn’t leave smelling like a BBQ.

BBQ exhaust fan / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

BBQ exhaust fan

the bbq grill  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

the grill

wagyu tasting plate  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

wagyu tasting plate
When ordering mains, I was assured the wagyu tasting plate would be enough for at least 3; as you can see above, the portion size is somewhat doubtable. Luckily I had also called for king prawns (1 serve includes 2 large prawns, sliced and sprinkled with black pepper), a vegetable platter (a gorgeous monument of freshly sliced pumpkin, eggplant, onion, potatoes, sweet potato, carrot and mushrooms), scallops and logically, more wagyu.

king prawns  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

king prawns

vegy plate  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

vegy plate

scallops  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

scallops

rice  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

rice
Christina opted out of the yakiniku in favour of minimising the pain caused by her new braces… I snuck a small taste of her crusted sea bass and this too was tasty!

crusted sea bass  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

crusted sea bass

green tea  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

green tea
The dessert menu was limited to about 3 options. Ice-creams and another… but what stood out to me was the chocolate volcano. The chocolate cake was served with warm chocolate sauce exploding out of the tip… it was rich and satisfying, and was balanced well with the circular mould of cognac infused oranges and walnuts.

chocolate volcano  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

chocolate volcano

chocolate volcano erupting  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

chocolate volcano II  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

Bryan & Christina  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

Bryan & Christina

the parents  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

the parents

my 2 brothers  / Iwa Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room, Chatswood

my 2 brothers
While Iwa is a classy and no a doubt lip-smacking Yakiniku restaurant, it’s rather pricey for a hungry family of six.
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Iwa, Japanese Yakiniku Dining Room
380 Victoria Ave Chatswood
Tel: 9419 7009
Open 7 days 11am – 3pm & 5pm – 10pm


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.