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


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


A charming warehouse in the CBD.

310 Flinders Lane
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


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