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best authentic japanese in melbourne

bobcatbite Sep 25, 2008 04:51 PM

I'll be in Melbourne for a week. Where can I go for really great authentic japanese, hopefully not TOO expensive?????

  1. irisav Sep 26, 2008 12:14 AM

    Hako - 310 Flinders lane - does a mix of authentic and progressive Japanese food with mains usually between AU$20-30.

    Chocolate Buddha - Federation Square - also offers a mix of authentic and progressive-ish sitting more around the AU$25.

    Although truly authentic Japanese can be difficult to find in Melbourne particularly relatively inexpensive Japanese. Most places particularly around Swanston St (CBD) provide more of a food court 'this is what white people think Japanese is' experience, so beware!

    1. tomatom Sep 26, 2008 12:37 AM

      Tempura Hajime for really authentic and very good Tempura - only 12 seats though. Otherwise try Yu U on Flinders Lane. very cool in a basement. Yakatori sushi, sashimi - very good value.

      1. kmh Sep 29, 2008 07:19 AM

        Yu-u is about the only Japanese place I have eaten at (in Australia) that a waft from the air vent has triggered childhood memories I didn't know I had (lived in Japan from 7 months to 3 years of age)!

        It's the kind of Japanese food my parents re-introduced me to back in Australia, either in our home (mum went to Japanese cooking school in Tokyo) or a particular restaurant (long since closed) the company my dad worked for owned (oh the heady 1980's eh?) in order to entertain their Japanese customers.

        Funnily enough I told my parents about this place and every time they go to Melbourne they have to eat at Yu-u. I wish we had something like this in Sydney.

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          TheKitchenEnquirer Nov 9, 2008 05:36 PM

          The best and nearest to authentic japanese I've enjoyed here in Melbourne is Jamon Sushi in South Yarra (sashimi/sushi) which can be as cheap or as expensive as you like, Maedaya Sake Bar & Grill (upstairs you cook food on your own tabletop grill and downstairs is a little more sophisticated and they cook the food on grills) pretty cheap, I paid $50 for 2 and we stuffed and drank ourselves to happy oblivion. My last place is Osaka in St Kilda (more traditional style japanese) make sure you get a seat where you sit on the floor and it's not too pricey.

          1. e_ting Nov 12, 2008 07:19 PM

            authenticity is hard to define and japanese food isn't just 'japanese food'! (pretty much like how chinese ppl call any non-asian food 'western food') but whatever, here are my 2 cents:

            izakaya chuji - lonsdale, nr cnr russell - izakaya = japanese pub, rough n' ready, all sorts of mish mash (sushi, grills, stews), great w beer for a relaxed night out

            kenzan- old school japanese (for melbourne). good bento lunches, dinner can be pricey. sukiyaki there is good, but sashimi is great, providing you remember to ask for what's in season/special that night - other sashimi is a bog standard

            yu-u and tempura hajime as everyone else mentioned

            maedaya as TKE mentioned is great for sake and yakiniku (grills/bbq), you'll kinda stink after though (think korean bbq)

            misuzu's in sth melb which burnt down earlier is operating out of their bar next door - easygoing, well-priced bento/sushi

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              Natters Nov 18, 2008 09:31 PM

              Well, I don't live in Melb so am no expert ... but can definitely second the recommednation for Kenzan. Had dinner there earlier this year when in Melb for a weekend, and thought both the food and service were of a high standard.

              Just found this site, so this is my first post.

              1. purple goddess Nov 19, 2008 08:14 PM

                Kuni's (although I haven't been there in about a year, but it is consistently rated on of the best in Melb. It's been around about 25 years, so that is a statement in itself)

                Yu-Yu's is a must...

                And if you get out to the 'burbs, Shira Nui in Glen Waverley is also touted as one of Melbourne's best.

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                  ninjaspew Mar 13, 2009 10:42 PM

                  I really like Maedaya Sake Bar. I found it quite similar to many of the places I ate in Japan.
                  Kenzan is a bit overpriced, but the food was delicious.

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