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 Modern Eatery

Sushi unbound by tradition.

176 Swan Street
Richmond VIC 3121


The pinnacle of Japanese dining in Melbourne.

Crown Riverwalk, Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC

Don Don

A fast and cheap student staple.

198 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC

Wabi Sabi Salon

For cheap lunches.

94 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


No slave to tradition.

3-7 Victoria Avenue
Albert Park VIC

En Izakaya

Modern look, traditional eats.

277 Carlisle Street
Balaclava VIC 3183