With the peak of summer underway, you only have to go so far in Melbourne for that perfectly delicious and light meal, which 9 times out of 10 is the ever-reliable option of sushi. Open across two locations – Abbotsford and Sunshine – Sōko is one of the best choices out there for simple, flavoursome and fresh sushi.... Read More | Share it now!
Melbourne is a lively city renowned for its ever-changing laneways full of hidden cafes and bars. So it’s only natural for QT Melbourne, the city’s newest hotel to create their very own laneway getaway. Tucked into Portland Lane, just around the corner from the main entrance of the hotel lobby, Hot Sauce is a brand new laneway bar that combines stylish signature cocktails with the delicious flavours of Japanese and Korean street food.... Read More | Share it now!
Saké Jr proves that eating healthy does not need to leave you feeling hungry or unhappy. This fast and casual Japanese eatery located in the recently revamped Grosvenor Place complex in Sydney is the sister store to the fine-dining favourite, Saké Restaurant & Bar. It has a variety of fresh foods and drinks for sale but their biggest drawcard is that you can build your own Korean-inspired bowl ($15) or enjoy your own bowl and beer combination ($10) during their daily happy hour from 4pm until 7pm.... Read More | Share it now!
When one thinks winter dining, images of heavy cuisine that leaves no room for enjoying anything post-meal are often cited; big, hearty meals designed to help you insulate against the cold. This isn’t necessarily the case for Niji Restaurant & Bar (which means “rainbow” in Japanese), Double Bay’s answer to Japanese fare. They’ve developed a winter menu that’s not just warming (the signature flaming maki roll is literally set on fire at your table to caramelise the salmon), but also still very much in keeping with the restaurant’s stylish, simple and inventive “traditional meets modern” cuisine.... Read More | Share it now!
Winter isn’t coming, it’s here and hell-bent on freezing the behings of every Sydneysider. But aside from your usual comfort foods of soups, stews and ramen, taking a trip to your local yakitori den also works as a keep warm tactic. That’s exactly what we did last week when the good guys at Yurippi in Crows Nest invited us to try some of their menu offerings plus new chilly weather specials.... Read More | Share it now!
On the surface, Saké Restaurant & Bar is an ode to contemporary Japanese dining. It has the quintessential dark mahogany timber highlights and dim lighting that make it the perfect place to enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi whilst overlooking the breathtaking Yarra River and CBD. While Saké fits the classic description of a Japanese restaurant, it goes one step further than the rest: its specialty is in Japanese cocktails, whiskies and beverages that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other one place in Australia.... Read More | Share it now!
Popular CBD Japanese restaurant Yayoi Sydney is now Yayoi Garden, and while the interior has the same casual elegance, the menu has slightly changed, with set tasting menus introduced to reflect the spring-summer season, while the sake list is even more extensive than before. My previous visit was a pleasant experience, delivering a Japanese dining experience which would rather stick to authenticity than water themselves down for the sake of accessibility; I was expecting no less when I walked through those big doors off Bridge St, greeted by the same meticulous service all good Japanese restaurants deliver.... Read More | Share it now!
You’ll find Geisha Haus tucked away upstairs via a nondescript entrance on Roslyn St, right next to Gastro Park. Formerly known as Beach Haus, the hidden little, oddly shaped gem is now a hub of fresh and creative contemporary Japanese food, with a menu shaped by Rajendra Kumar Tamang, a man who already has an impressive CV including venues like Sokyo and a a 5-star Maldives resort.... Read More | Share it now!
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock in hibernation for the past decade, then you’ll be well aware that Melbourne is in the midst of a ramen revolution. All along Russell Street in the CBD, there are queues of people lining up come rain or shine, hoping for their next fix of this ubiquitous Japanese dish. Whilst deep in our ongoing search for the perfect bowl in the city, we stumbled across Mr Ramen San in Chinatown’s Mid City Arcade – a location that remains largely adventurous to those not already in the know.... Read More | Share it now!
Gold Coast’s Jupiters is in the midst of a $345 million dollar refurbishment, aimed at completely revitalising the impressive building from the endearingly simple pool area to the in-house dining scene. I was kindly flown up there to check out the two starry restaurants that have opened due to the transformation, the first of which was Kiyomi, a modern Japanese restaurant opened by celebrated chef Chase Kojima of Sydney’s Sokyo fame.... Read More | Share it now!