Hinoki Japanese Pantry

10:00am - 7:00pm
279 Smith Street Fitzroy 3065

Hinoki Japanese Pantry is named after a species of Japanese cypress. Owner Hayato Takasaka couldn't bring any hinoki into Australia to complete the fit-out, but he was able to replicate its clean, natural feeling.

The airy, spacious interior is covered in beech, which looks a lot like Japanese cypress. The relatively minimalist store is finished with white walls, exposed lighting, and just the right amount of noren (fabric screens) and Japanese iconography.

The impressive sushi counter generates a wide range of high-quality fresh sushi in both traditional and innovative iterations. From the sashimi-grade fillets to Hinoki’s own experimental nosé-maki; traditional sushi and sashimi; and various special platters; there’s a lot more than your average sushi bar.

The shelves and fridges offer a cornucopia of Japanese goodies and treats, from koroke (croquettes), katsu and gyoza to a full range of Pocky sticks, green-tea Kit Kats, mammoth kewpie mayonnaise bottles, Japanese curries, ramen, soba and udon noodles. Drinks include packaged teas, beer, whisky, sake and shochu.

Whether you're after a snack, lunch or ingredients to cook up a Japanese feast at home, Hinoki stands out on a street that's already scattered with Japanese food.

Updated: October 21st, 2016

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