Tuno Izakaya - Full of Surprises!

Tuno Izakaya - 4/145 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

Rumours of a new ramen and yakitori bar in Adelaide, had us making a reservation as quickly as we could.  One cold winter's Saturday night, we rugged up and entered the intimate venue to warm up with some Japanese favourites.  With low lying bar seating overlooking the yakitori and robatayaki grill, which took up most of the space in the room, our group of 3 were escorted towards one of the few standard tables at the back of the room.  We were handed menus, our glasses filled with water and 3 individual dishes placed in front of us with a complimentary starter, an amuse bouche if you please... you will have to visit to find out what is served as the surprise element is all part of the fun!  It's these thoughtful touches that make you settle in comfortably and get the tastebuds excited for more.

Oyster Mushroom $8.50 (front), Enoki Mushroom wrapped in Pork Belly $9.50 (2 skewers) (back)

We started with a selection from the Yakitori and Robatayaki (Japanese Binchotan Charcoal grilled skewered foods) menu.  They had run out of a couple of the skewers on the menu on this night but we easily settled for the Enoki Mushroom wrapped in Pork Belly, Tuno Special Grilled Chicken, Oyster Mushroom and Tasmanian Salmon.

Tuno Special Grilled Chicken (free range) $9.80

Tasmanian Salmon $9.50 (1 skewer)

We loved these skewered foods, as they had a nice smokey grill flavour, were moreishly seasoned, tender and juicy.  All served with a side of fresh lemon, cabbage and a dipping sauce (a different sauce paired to each dish) made for a tasty and fun start to the dinner. The only skewer not up to scratch today was the salmon.  Overcooked and dry, it was difficult to eat due to it's crumbly nature.  A few minutes less on the grill here and we would have received a more tender and moist salmon that we were looking for.

Spicy Miso Ramen $15.90

For the ramen part of the night I (Amanda) chose the 'Spicy Miso' (soy bean paste), described as chicken soup and hot miso paste with Chashu (roast pork belly), egg, spring onion, salmon mince and sesame.  If you are a spice lover like myself then go for the 'optional chilli' suggestion as the soup on it's own doesn't have a hot chilli spice to it, just a very flavourful spiced broth.  With pork slices that just melted into the flavour packed broth they are so tender and with an abundance of house made noodles to slurp my way through, this was one tasty ramen.  Well seasoned and with the addition of salmon mince and lots of fresh shredded cabbage, there was lots of texture throughout this soup to keep it interesting.  Lets not forget that soft boiled egg floating atop that I had to keep half until the end so I could finish on a creamy dreamy high!

Shio Ramen $15.90

My friends chose the 'Shio' ramen described as a clear chicken soup with Chashu (roast pork belly), spring onion and egg and they are still raving about this soup weeks later.  One of my friends has travelled throughout Japan and likened this ramen to his time on the Japanese ski slopes where he would stop for a big bowl of ramen to warm him up before returning to the icy cold slopes!

We were so full that we couldn't fit in dessert (not that there is a lot to choose from) and instead ended the night with another complimentary surprise!  These kind touches added to the ambiance of the evening and along with the delicious food, had us leaving with big happy satisfied smiles on our faces.  Definitely worth a stop in, especially if you are a lover of ramen.  Beware, if you are after something from the yakitori/robatayaki menu, this is not available at lunch time.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: They have a vegetarian noodle soup with a soy bean milk and mushroom base available.
Child Friendly: If they aren't into ramen just yet, then they may enjoy some skewers from the grill.

Ambiance: 3.5/5 - Small, warm and quiet, nothing too fancy but comfortable surroundings.
Service: 4/5 - Our server was kind and very quick.  Food served timely too.
Food: 8.5/10 -  Flavour packed ramen and skewered foods!
In total OTCB gives Tuno Izakaya 16/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

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