Melbourne Japanese Restaurant Guide

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Burwood Teppanyaki House

Now an established part of the Burwood scene, this chic restaurant offers up Teppanyaki in the usual boisterous Western style. The chefs happily chat to guests, cheering as they toss food at them, and keep the evening entertaining. Those after… Read More

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Sushi Hotaru

The well-known Sydney sushi train restaurant’s Melbourne branch. Always busy, there’s an unbroken stream of customers from lunch through to dinner. Perhaps it’s because most sushi platters are $3. Dishes like Seared Salmon and Seared Scallop are especially popular, as… Read More

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Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar

Melbourne’s only hand-made soba noodle restaurant, Shimbashi uses freshly-milled Tasmanian buckwheat to form its signature ngredient. Now in its second year of operation, the expanded menu offers treats like Salmon Salad Soba and Pork Belly Salad. Lunch sets are around… Read More

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Mugen Ramen and Bar

Mugen’s thick, hand-made noodles and strong, dashi-flavoured soups make it a real standout. The recommended Tsukemen comes in 280g or 360g sizes and is served with either a warm or chilled soup to dip your noodles in, depending on the… Read More

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Rice WorkShop

Since opening its flagship store in Chinatown in October 2013, Rice Workshop has enjoyed rapid expansion. Aiming to serve donburi, or rice bowls with various toppings, almost as fast as vending machines do, Rice Workshop wants to keep its food… Read More

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Chocolate Buddha

Want to enjoy delicious Japanese food with your friends while enjoying some of the best views of Melbourne available? Chocolate Buddha is your next destination. Located in the heart of Melbourne – Federation Square – this large format eatery is… Read More

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Izakaya Chuji

Melbourne’s oldest, Izakaya Chuji offers over a hundred different dishes and all at reasonable prices. You can wash them down with a variety of sakes and shochus, with more available from the neighbouring Nihonshu sake bar. The popular sushi counter… Read More

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Gaijin Japanese Fusion

Gaijin offers a refreshing twist on traditional sushi. Where else can you get rolls like the Baked Dynamite or Spider Vs Dragon? There’s also a tapas menu with lighter fare, like the Salmon Tartare, and more substantial dishes like Beef… Read More

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Fukuryu Ramen

Hidden in Corrs Lane, Fukuryu claims to be “the gold standard in ramen” and the reviews back it up. Its Signature Tonkotsu headlines, but others, like the Vegetarian Miso, squid ink-coloured Black Dragon and super-spicy Red Dragon are great, too…. Read More