If there is just one point we know for confident, it’s that Broadsheet Melbourne viewers appreciate Japanese food. And, viewing as a raft of thrilling new Japanese-influenced spots have opened across town a short while ago, we have rounded up 15 of our favourites for you.
• 1st Appear: Hareruya, a sunny Japanese eatery with complete-to-the-brim bento bins and mochi-wrapped gelato. The roller door goes up at 10.30am, and it’s worthy of obtaining in early to secure your picnic-all set lunch and Japanese-inspired gelato. (Furthermore, upstairs is Leonie, the team’s stunning new sake bar with magnificent snacks like handheld temaki sushi rolls. Keep an eye on Broadsheet for far more information.)
• Warabi is an personal new omakase knowledge – from a team at the rear of quite a few Michelin-starred dining places – at the W Hotel. This is its initial enterprise outside Asia. Perch at the counter for 9 theatrical programs, expertly paired with sake from throughout Japan, or commandeer the 8-man or woman non-public dining home.
• Now Open up: Twice-fried tonkatsu is king at Ichi Katsu, Glen Waverley’s energetic new Japanese diner. The breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet arrives in many unique kinds – in fluffy katsu sandos, in warming katsu curries, or with rice, cabbage and thick, darkish homemade tonkatsu sauce.
• The Japanese art of robatayaki (or hearth cooking) normally takes centre stage at Brunswick East’s Kura. Tucked unassumingly beneath an apartment creating, ex-Kisume and Nobu chef Ken Ibuki is carrying on his father’s legacy with yakitori served each which way and a varied assortment of sake by the glass.
• To start with Seem: Almost everything revolves around shokupan at South Yarra’s new Japanese bakery Fuumi. Get the pillow-gentle milk bread by the whole or fifty percent loaf, in a vintage katsu sando, or slathered with peanut butter and brûléed banana. It is an extension of West Melbourne community favorite Fuumi Fuumi.
• In South Yarra, Yakikami is a fiery and flashy (in both equally senses of the word) new Japanese barbeque restaurant – with committed yakitori tables – from the group powering Wagyu Ya and Niku Ou. Drive the boat out with the $285 omakase encounter that includes 15-moreover dishes, which includes A5 Wagyu tartare topped with caviar and charry Josper-grilled Kobe beef steaks.
• Now Open up: Slurp lobster-topped or truffle-infused ramen at Parco, a comfortable new spot in Moonee Ponds. Di Stasio govt chef Federico Congiu is just as proficient in Japanese cooking as he is in Italian. What started out as an beneath-the-radar lockdown pop-up at Shujinko is now a completely fledged ramen restaurant.
• There are only 6 seats and 3 dishes at Uminono, a tiny chirashi bar by a classically trained French chef. Inside a Prahran cafe, it can take just 12 diners a day (and publications out quickly), but you can try out Arnaud Laidebeur’s beautifully presented sushi by pre-buying a takeaway box. (Get there just before it moves.)
• Now Open: Hikari, a new pint-sized Japanese espresso and homewares store in the CBD. At the minimalist, timber-clad bolthole, sip a mesmerising matcha latte and snack on a Mork cake while you store a cautiously curated array of bespoke ceramics and glassware from Japan.
• Now Open: It is deluxe sashimi platters and nori Martinis at Ototo, Akaiito’s new underground izakaya. The area was when an extension of the Japanese good diner on Flinders Lane, but now it’s acquired its own id – and menu. Comply with the luminous crimson thread downstairs.
• Heat-and-eat ramen store Gomi Boys opens a long lasting house in Brunswick. Discover a rotating menu of seasonal and sustainable bowls, from a broth-served-different tsukemen with pickled sardines to a vegan mushroom rendition with charred bullhorn chilli.
• Your significant brekkie comes in ramen type at Kissaten, a Japanese-motivated cafe in leafy Alphington surrounds. It also does katsu sandos, fluffy omurice and Hiroshima-fashion okonomiyaki – all from 8am.
• Stick to the scent of wood fireplace to locate Mr Miyagi in the Significant Smoke – below for a fantastic time, not a long time. Take a look at for a hearth-run menu of never ever-right before-served dishes (together with a theatrical salmon quantity served in a smoke-stuffed cloche) with the exact same playful twists on Japanese cuisine as you will locate at the authentic.
• Initial Glimpse: The bento bins and chirashi bowls are prepared-made at Melbourne’s slick new grocer Pantre. While the featuring is pan-Asian, you are going to also come across Japanese cheesecake and choux buns baked clean day-to-day.