Local Canberran. Reluctant member of the Smashed Avo set. Lover of the classics.
Published October 22nd 2017
Treat yourself to yum cha next weekend
So I have to start with a ridiculously millennial confession. I'm not proud of it and it wasn't of my making. But this weekend, I had brunch. Twice. I know it's very much a first world problem, but I've always found brunch a bit of a cop-out for my friends who can't manage to function before 10am on a Saturday. I consider that a waste of day and, when I do meet said friends for brunch at 11am, I can almost guarantee I will have been up for four hours, already had two pieces of toast and finished two papers (and, in a sign I'm turning into my late grandfather, managed to find something in the latter that has me ranting for hours).
To be fair, I loved both outings this weekend. Saturday's brunch was smashed avo at an old favourite. Sunday's brunch was particularly special. We finally did the yum cha at Akiba, in Bunda St, Civic, and with yum cha starting at 11:30am, one could argue it was more of an early lunch.
Akiba is an award-winning restaurant and I've eaten there several times. But after talking about it for months, today was the first time we tried the yum cha option available only on weekends. And it didn't disappoint. There were dumplings galore: sweet potato dumplings, Peking duck dumplings and some sort of chicken dumpling that looked like an echidna. And don't despair if you're not a dumpling freak like me, there are plenty more clever little dishes to keep you satisfied like Japanese fried chicken and Kingfish wings. Everything was delicious and we were eagerly awaiting every steaming trolley as it came out of the kitchen. To top it all off, they even have a special yum cha cocktail list.
Akiba has a great ambience and you can sit inside or out. The staff are friendly and the soundtrack is rocking. It caters for all group sizes and is a fantastic, fun and surprising dining experience. It's definitely one I'll do again (but if I have my way, we'll be calling it a lunch).
Akiba is open for lunch and dinner everyday and you can order off the standard menu during yum cha.