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.

Minamishima

Contender for Melbourne's best sushi.

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Kisumé

The most ambitious Japanese restaurant in Melbourne.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Kazuki's

Sleek, Euro-Japanese dining delivered in a multi-course format.

121 Lygon Street, Carlton

Nobu

World-renowned Japanese culinary excellence.

Crown Riverwalk, Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Ishizuka

An elegant 16-seat Japanese fine diner.

Basement B01 139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Ichi Ni Nana

Tempura, yakitori, sushi, don - this Japanese restaurant covers a lot of bases.

Ground Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Supernormal

Andrew McConnell's ultra-modern diner with karaoke in the basement.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Izakaya Den

A hidden basement dedicated to eating and imbibing in equal parts.

Basement 114 Russell Street, Melbourne

Wakenbo

Chef Kenji Ito is creating modern, inventive dishes using some unexpected ingredients at this hidden Japanese eatery.

69 Victoria Street, Fitzroy

Hihou

Bar with great food, or restaurant with great drinks? You decide.

First Floor 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Shira Nui

Before he came to Australia, the owner spent 13 years cheffing in Japan.

247 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley

Saké Restaurant & Bar - St Kilda Road

So good it has outlets all up the east coast.

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Izakaya Chuji

Japanese barbeque since 1989.

165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

A chalet-like ramen bar from the man behind Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko.

6A Anchor Place, Prahran
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Eazy Peazy

The team behind Toji Sake delivers hibachi-grilled yakitori skewers, Wagyu with beef-fat butter, and crunchy tofu-skin duck gyoza alongside sake Margaritas and cold Japanese beer.

108 Swan Street, Richmond
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Tamura Sake Bar

This jazzy Fitzroy 30-seater blends Japanese izakaya, craft sake bar and record store.

43 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Wabi Sabi Salon

For cheap lunches.

94 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar

80 sakes in a modern izakaya setting.

152 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Maedaya Sake and Grill

Sake and barbeque in a rope-lined space.

400 Bridge Road, Richmond
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Ocha

Bookings recommended.

3 Church Street, Hawthorn

Peko Peko

Same name as Peko Peko in Fitzroy, but different owners.

190 Wells Street, South Melbourne

Tempura Hajime

For the love of batter.

60 Park Street, South Melbourne

Machi

Refined as they come.

14 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

Tokyo Tina

A loose and fun interpretation of Japanese by the Hanoi Hannah team.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor
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Misuzu's

No slave to tradition.

3-7 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

En Izakaya

Modern look, traditional eats.

277 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
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Ichi Ni

Watch the kitchen from three sides.

12 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Mr Miyagi

Neon-lit and loud with a strong cocktail game.

99 Chapel Street, Windsor
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