Eating Guide – Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne


Japanese restaurants are our favourite places to explore in Melbourne. Whether it’s a steaming bowl of ramen noodles, freshly sushi or a great kaiseki meal you’re after, you’ll find them on our Japanese restaurants’ list. Create a list of Japanese restaurants in Melbourne is a difficult task. We thought it is a little guide for Japanese restaurants’ lovers in Melbourne. Though they are NOT all the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne and they are a great reference for you.

Eating Guide – Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne

Hakata Gensuke

168 Russell Street, Melbourne, 03 9663 6342 | 4/860 Glenferrie Rd · (03) 9819 2558

Hakata Gensuke is a Japanese noodle shop located at 168 Russell Street in Melbourne CBD. The business has two Japanese restaurants in Melbourne. They are specialized in broth noodle soup and Tonkotsu Ramen and Tsukemen. Chef Kousuke Yoshimura started Hakata tonkotsu ramen to Melbourne. No booking so just need to line up. We love our best ramen experience here.

Izakaya Den

Basement, 114 Russell Street, Melbourne, 03 9654 2977

The underground basement combines industrial with Japanese cartoon mascot – Master Den. They serve small bites – Japanese tapas dishes ready to share for the table. This is one of few Japanese restaurants in the area take booking for lunch and group 5-20 people. Their classic dishes are den chicken, sweet corn kakiage, tuna tataki, grilled pork belly with Japanese sake, beers and Victorian wines. We love their Scallops with wasabi oil hit.


Ground floor, 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 03 9639 9500

This Kappo-style eatery where you pick from a list of 40 ingredients and let chef Kentaro Usami create five, seven or nine Japanese courses. This is Japanese eatery that serves crumbed quail legs, caviar-dotted pearl meat, snapper, tofu and sweetcorn, and Japanese style tartare with lobster, salmon, sea grapes, crunchy black sesame crumbs.


Lower level, Collins Place, entry via 56 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 03 9654 8933

Kenzan first opened its doors in 1981 and are known for our wide selection of sushi and a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. Try agedashi tofu with mushrooms and ginger or ethereal chawan mushi packed with seafood and crisp vegetables. 


396 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, 03 9646 2296

Request seats at the counter if you want to watch Hokkaido-born owner-chef Motomu Kumano prepare sashimi and sushi that goes beyond the familiar. Try crisp school prawns with garlic salt, and prising Tasmanian periwinkles in sea urchin garlic butter from their shells.


4 Lord Street, Richmond, 9429 5180

Tucked down a one-way street in Richmond is Minamishima, the most intimate Japanese dining experience in Melbourne. Omakase involves placing faith in the integrity of the chef. There is no a la carte menu; this is a journey through a progression of courses with the utmost focus on texture, balance and appearance, as decided by the chef.


3 Church Street, Hawthorn, 9853 6002

For more than 21 years we have been tempting Melburnians with contemporary Japanese flavours meticulously prepared from the freshest ingredients. Their menu encourages shared dining whereby traditional techniques are combined with tastes and textures. Try crunchy-springy prawn dumplings dipped in green tea salt. 

Tempura Hajime

60 Park Street, South Melbourne, 03 9696 0051

Situated in Park Street in South Melbourne, it maintains its Good Food Guide award as an one Chef Hat Restaurant and has so since 2008. Highly recommended. Try their prawns and urchin roe stuffed scallops

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