Melbourne Japanese Restaurant Guide

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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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Izakaya Hachibeh

“If you make delicious food, customers will come”. So says Izakaya Hachibeh owner Saitoh-san. And they’ve been coming for almost five years now, so he must be doing something right. Being an Izakaya, it’s not just delicious food, though -… Read More

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Tempura HAJIME

Owner-chef Yoshihara-san brings 20 years of experience in Osaka and Melbourne to his sushi and tempura dishes. A true Japanese-style hole-in-the-wall, Tempura Hajime has only 12 seats along a counter and dishes only use seasonal ingredients. The traditional cooking methods… 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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Kenzan

One of Melbourne’s first traditional Japanese restaurants, Kenzan remains a customer favourite, thanks to its continuing commitment to quality. From tempura to teriyaki, shabu-shabu to sukiyaki, the food is consistently well-reviewed and served by professional, yet friendly, staff. The surrounds… 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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Wasshoi

Perfect for a quick bite and refreshing drink after shopping, Wasshoi offers delicious rolls and rice bowls (amongst other Japanese delights), at affordable prices from its open-kitchen stand. All meat is charcoal grilled, with the chicken and pork twice cooked:… Read More

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Nihonshu Shochu & Sake Bar

With its relaxed atmosphere and one of Melbourne’s largest sake and Japanese beer selections, Nihonshu is perfect for after-work drinks. If you’re peckish, food can be ordered from Izakaya Chuji next door, allowing you to relax while enjoying great Japanese… Read More

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Miyazaki

Since opening at the end of last year, Miyazaki has seen a non-stop stream of customers seeking out its affordable prices and great quality. Of the wide range of dishes on offer, the Teriyaki Salmon Steak is a particular highlight…. Read More

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Wagaya

Accessed via the Chinatown-side elevator in the MidCity Arcade, Wagaya feels just like a Japanese izakaya. With its spacious interior and booth-style tables, it’s perfect for couples and groups of friends, and with its karaoke room and balcony, Wagaya is… Read More