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.