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Japanese eateries

Get a taste of the land of the rising sun 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 carefully carved 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.

Stay subterranean and watch the chef at work on the yakitori grill at Yu-u, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide. Compare hats at South Melbourne's traditional 12-seat tempura restaurant Tempura Hajime and at 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 serene, sophisticated Kappo, or all out 'new style' Japanese at Nobu Melbourne, part of the celebrated culinary empire famously backed by Robert De Niro.

Get philosophical about asymmetry over authentic and fusion-style dishes at Smith Street stalwart Wabi Sabi Salon. Enjoy simple heart-warming cooking at Collingwood's 'little one', 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 assimilation and try out your big-in-Japan talent at karaoke bars around Little Bourke Street.

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Izakaya Den

Watch the chefs behind the bar as they artfully slice up tasty morsels, while roaming waiters pour imported Japanese beers or cool, dry sakes.

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Nobu

Experience Nobu's signature 'new style' Japanese cuisine and join the global community embracing the world's most recognised Japanese restaurant.

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Kappo

Enter a serene world of Japanese fine dining and choose from omakase menus featuring traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist.

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Kenzan

Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done. Pull up a chair in the sleek, dark wood interior and enjoy all the classics.

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Northside

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Cibi

Indulge your inner cibi or child with quirky Japanese odds and ends, plus more grown-up arty design objects, coffee, and simple heart-warming cooking.

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Minamishima

Immerse yourself in the art of sushi with okamase (chef's selection) from sushi master Koichi Minamishima. This is one for the special-occasion file.

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Shop Ramen

Delve into delicious soups with handmade ramen, steamed buns with special sauce and sweet, sweet pie at this fully licensed casual Japanese eatery.

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Wabi Sabi Salon

Graze over a few share plates of authentic and fusion-style dishes at what's probably Melbourne's favourite Japanese diner, a Smith Street stalwart.

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Southside

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Tokyo Tina

Check out Hanoi Hannah's youngest sibling for contemporary Japanese cuisine with added Korean flavour and a whole host of accompanying tipples.

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Ichi Ni Izakaya

Hope for sunshine so you can settle in on Ichi Ni's St Kilda decking for bay views and sake, sushi, yakitori and other tasty izakaya-style morsels.

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Tempura Hajime

Get to know your neighbours at the 12-seats-only Tempura Hajime, and tear your eyes away from the theatrics of the chef to savour his masterpieces.

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Kazuki's Restaurant

Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and contemporary Australian cuisine, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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