The Best Japanese Cafes in Melbourne
Japanese is one of Melbourne’s most popular cuisines – when it comes to lunch and dinner. But breakfast has taken a little longer to get going. In Japan, the morning meal typically involves grilled fish, steamed rice, miso soup, pickles, fermented soybeans, seasonal vegetables and a green salad. It’s an undeniably delicious and healthy dish, but it’s also not typically associated with having a flat white.
In recent years, a number of Japanese cafes have opened, thumbing their noses at that idea. Some, like Cibi and Ima Asa Yoru, serve classic Japanese breakfasts alongside dishes that combine tradition and local tastes. Others specialise in Japan’s snackier foods – such as Le Bajo Milkbar with its katsu sandos or Papirica with its okonomiyaki. Others still focus on sweet baked treats, like the kinds you’d find in a Tokyo subway station.