Opening just in time for summer, 127 Brunswick Street is the newest dining spot on the ever popular Brunswick Street. Taking over the old man’s pub, the Old Colonial Inn, the newly revamped 5 story venue, 127 Brunswick Street is the works of Vince Sofo and Paul Adamo, owners of St Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel.
Exploring the venue this week, there’s several spots from which to choose to dine or drink. There’s Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya on the bottom floor, Village People Hawker Food Hall on the next floor up, and Upside Rooftop and Bar, of course on the top floor. Each has their indoor and outdoor dining space, making them the perfect place to enjoy dinner on a balmy summer’s evening.
We opted for Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya after a couple of wines at Upside Rooftop. We had heard such positive reviews of Ichi Ni (in St Kilda) so are our expectations were high, and we’ve got to say that it lived up to all the hype. Offering up a tapas-style menu, we had difficulty trying to pick our dishes as they all sounded delicious. The highlights would have to be the Dragon Roll sushi which was fresh and flavoursome, with just the right amount of Siriacha; and also the karaage chicken which was coated in a delicious marinade and fried to perfection, while still remaining tender and juicy on the inside.
We loved watching the friendly sushi chefs in action from our booth and the overall vibe of the place. The restaurants are still relatively quiet so we managed to get a giant booth for just two people, but we think as soon as the word gets out, the dining areas will be heaving. Luckily the dining areas take bookings!
We Know Melbourne tip: Make a booking now!
Where: 127 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
When: Ichi Ni Nana open every day7am-late; Village People Hawker Foodhall open Mon-Thu from 5pm; Fri-Sun from noon.
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