“It’s good when food tastes good, it’s kind of like proof you’re alive.”― Haruki Murakami
Since I began working at what is seemingly my dream job in an equally dreamy location for my foodie inclinations, I had thought that I would slowly work my way down Smith st. Luckily, my workplace stresses a great deal of emphasis on the consumption of delicious, life changing meals. In fact, my induction pack included poetry and a list of recommended restaurants and go-to dishes. I had found home.
A team lunch led me off Smith st to Cambridge st, to a cosy Japanese restaurant. I had no idea that such marvellous Japanese food eateries cornered itself in the backstreets of Collingwood but there’s quite the number to choose from and each of them are unique in their offerings. Aka Siro launched me back to one year ago when I wandered the alleyways of Tokyo in search of something to gnaw on.
Aka Siro has a lunch menu, all around the $17 average price point. Each meal is served with rice, a blend of brown and white, the quintessential miso soup. Whilst I was initially swayed to devour the pork belly – or the chicken kar-rage, I decided upon a lighter option – the salmon with miso. What arrived was generous pink salmon, moated by a thick miso soup with soft pumpkin and fresh green beans. The saltiness of the broth perfectly matched the delicately grilled salmon.
Aka Siro had such a beautiful approach to plating honest, fresh Japanese food that I will be returning to sample the rest of their offerings.