The Best Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne
Japanese cuisine isn’t as embedded in Melbourne’s culture as, say, Italian or Vietnamese. People from those countries migrated here en masse following World War II and the Vietnam War respectively. Yet Japanese immigration to Australia has been more gradual, steadily ticking along.
And yet, Japanese is one of Melbourne’s most widespread and popular cuisines, which says a lot about its unique appeal. We’ve also got many tiers of Japanese dining. There are the coveted seats at Minamishima’s omakase bench, vinyl-powered nights at moody izakaya Tamura Sake Bar and warming bowls of tonkotsu ramen at Hakata Gensuke. Whichever experience you’re chasing, we’ve curated a spot for every occasion in this guide.