Japanese eateries

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 Richmond's award-winning sushi restaurant Minamishima and South Melbourne's traditional 12-seat tempura restaurant Tempura Hajime.

Try Japanese haute cuisine (kaiseki) at subterranean Ishizuka or at Kuro Kisume, the top of Kisume's three luxurious levels. Taste 'new style' Japanese at Nobu Melbourne, and new-style sushi at Sake at Hamer Hall (also on Flinders Lane).

Sample simple heart-warming cooking at Collingwood's Cibi cafe, and tuck into handmade ramen at Smith Street's Shop Ramen, or pick a favourite from more than 15 combinations at Shizuku Ramen in Abbotsford.

Delve into more delicious noodles in delicate broths at ramen specialists in the city. Try Fukurya Ramen, Shujinko 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.

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