Get a taste of Japan in Melbourne. From casual ramen eateries to traditional izakayas and subterranean fine dining dens, the city has more Japanese dining options than you can poke a chopstick at.
See why the Japanese are credited with perfecting the bar snack at Melbourne's favourite izakayas. Lounge on the deck and take in beachside views on a balmy evening at St Kilda's Ichi Ni Izakaya or pull up a stool at the 30-metre bar in Izakaya Den's slick basement for excellent sake and tataki.
Compare hats at South Melbourne's traditional 12-seat tempura restaurant Tempura Hajime and at the city's iconic Kenzan – the sleek eatery has been serving city diners sukiyaki and top grade sushi for more than thirty years.
Try traditional fine dining with a contemporary twist at the serene, sophisticated Kappo, or taste 'new style' Japanese at Nobu Melbourne.
Enjoy authentic and fusion dishes at Smith Street's Wabi Sabi Salon. Sample simple heart-warming cooking at Collingwood's Cibi cafe, and tuck into handmade ramen, steamed buns and sweet pies at Smith Street's casual Shop Ramen.
Delve into more delicious noodles in delicate broths at ramen specialists in the city. Try Fukuyu Ramen, Little Ramen and Mensousai Mugen.
Cap off the night at Japanese bars Hihou and Robot, or go for full cultural immersion and test your talent at karaoke bars around Little Bourke Street.