Whether it’s sushi rolls, steaming bowls of donburi or ramen, or teppanyaki straight off the grill, you’ll find niche restaurants, bustling takeaway outlets and hole-in-the-wall eateries dotted around the city everywhere you look. We’ve put together a list of our favourites.


The pinnacle of Japanese dining in Melbourne.

Crown Casino 8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC


Hihou's more intimate sibling.

31 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC


Unashamed fusion.

131 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC

Don Don

A fast and cheap student staple.

198 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC

Izakaya Chuji

Japanese barbeque since 1989.

165 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC


A charming warehouse in the CBD.

310 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC

Aka Tombo

A 30-seat izakaya.

205 Greville Street
Prahran VIC 3181

The Gasometer Hotel

The Northern Light team's izakaya.

484 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

Wabi Sabi Salon

For cheap lunches.

94 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC

Pabu Grill & Sake

Japanese for 'pub'.

190 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC


A warehouse incarnation of Cibi cafe.

33 Peel Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

Hakata Gensuke Hawthorn

If it works in the CBD, it can work in Hawthorn.

Tenancy 4 860/862 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122


Bookings recommended.

3 Church Street
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Tempura Hajime

For the love of batter.

60 Park Street
South Melbourne VIC


Refined as they come.

14 Inkerman Street
St Kilda VIC


No slave to tradition.

3-7 Victoria Avenue
Albert Park VIC

En Izakaya

Modern look, traditional eats.

277 Carlisle Street
Balaclava VIC 3183

Ichi Ni

Watch the kitchen from three sides.

12 The Esplanade
St Kilda VIC