With a focus on fresh and beautifully presented Japanese fare, En Izakaya's menu combines traditional and inventive modern dishes.
Like most izakaya (literally, 'stay alcohol shop'), the food is served in small portions and designed for customers to order many dishes and share them all. This provides the opportunity to nibble at a little bit of everything while you drink.
The menu is broken up into three self-explanatory sections: from the garden, sea and paddock. Highlights include seared tofu and oven-baked, miso-infused eggplant, Hamachi kingfish carpaccio and En Izakaya’s specialty, Blue Mountains 9+ Wagyu beef, which actually melts in your mouth.
The fit-out is fascinating. Realised in 2011 using a contemporary version of Kaminka – a Japanese style of building that avoids the use of nails - it's clean and modern with sophisticated Japanese sensibilities.