Fugazi is one of the latest additions to K Town’s ever-growing restaurant scene. Based loosely around an izakaya concept but serving anything from Korean fried chicken to Malaysian laksa, we’re curious to see what’s on offer. As the ‘sticks’, which are Japanese-style skewers, are the order of the day here, we go for a selection of them plus a bowl of ramen. We expect four types of skewers to be more than enough but boy-oh-boy are we wrong. They are teeny tiny and only one is served per order. Thinking it must be a question of quality over quantity, though, we tuck in. But it isn't. The Xinjiang lamb fillet ($26) is underseasoned and overcooked. The kurobuta pork belly ($25), despite sporting a tasty marinade, seems to consist mostly of fat. And it’s not the tasty kind either. The all-too-over-chewy sea snail ($60) is, well, all-too-over-chewy. At least the juicy Portobello mushroom ($20) is flavoursome enough. Still hungry, we tuck into the kurobuta ramen ($68), which we hope will be the meal’s saving grace. Nope. This is also substandard. The ‘soft-boiled’ egg topping arrives hard-boiled, the broth is greasy, more like a Sunday roast gravy, and the anaemic-looking kurobuta pork is, once again, unpleasantly fatty. We love the modified izakaya concept at Fugazi, but there’s some fierce restaurant competition in Kennedy Town and being likeable is simply not good enough.
Dinner for two: $400
21 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town
|Opening hours:||11:30am - 1:00am|