IN BRIEF

Japanese influences in an on-point neighbourhood spot that is one of Dominion Road’s finest.

WHY CHOOSE THIS RESTAURANT?

If you are looking for a delicious and uncluttered menu that nails every single bite, by people who know exactly how to serve what they do best, then book a seat and order up!

ABOUT THE MENU

Inspired by the izakaya concept but not strictly Japanese with a selection of yakitori and sharing or single dishes. Deliriously good morsels of chicken including thigh, heart, wings and soft bone (chicken knee) on skewers. But it’s not all about the chicken – bright, fresh sashimi pairing the fish of the day with yuzu and white soy, the juiciest of pork in an epic katsu sando with its pillowy milk bread and tonkatsu sauce, and a plate of grilled oyster mushrooms that are so very deeply satisfying you will sigh out loud. Don’t miss the whipped snapper with bread, the prawn toast or the brown butter cake with sake custard. This food menu is ingredient-driven and provides you with ample opportunity to design your own delicious experience, as does the beautifully curated list of low-intervention organic and bio- dynamic wines. You might also enjoy a small selection of cocktails and local beers or a crisp ginger beer.

ABOUT THE CHEF

John Yip’s relationship with smoke and fire began in Norway and his impressive yakitori skills were honed at Yardbird, a hip Hong Kong-Japanese izakaya. He also worked with Aussie chef David Moyle at Franklin in Hobart, a predominantly seafood restaurant with a wood-fired oven at its core. At Omni, John delivers a deceptively simple menu with big smoky flavours, while cooking over bincho-tan (white charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking) in the tiny open-plan kitchen and overseeing all aspects of the food.

ABOUT THE TEAM

Omni is the culmination of a broad belt of hospo experience between John Yip and Jamie Yeon. A small restaurant with a small team, Jamie heads up front of house and doesn’t miss a multi-skilling beat while making it all feel super-special.

OF NOTE

To dine at this small bar- restaurant we recommend you book ahead for one of the two seatings per night. It will be worth it. You can order à la carte or take a tour through the set menu which gives you a fabulous overview of their full offering.