From steaming bowls of ramen to crispy katsu and world-class sushi we’ve found the best new Japanese restaurants that you need to try. 

Katsuretsu Co 

Imagine an entire restaurant dedicated to crispy katsu. Well, with Katsuretsu Co you no longer have to just imagine. The delicious tonkatsu venue has just landed in Chinatown and is serving up some of the best katsu you’ve ever tasted. Head into MidCity Arcade for a plate of tender pork or fresh seafood and dunk your way around the endless range of sauces. 

Person in white shirt picking up piece of fried katsu chicken with chopsticks. Plate of katsu chicken is surrounded by sauces.
Katsuretsu co

Sara Craft Ramen 

Calling all ramen lovers! Sara Craft Ramen and Bar is a new must try on Little Lonsdale Street. Be transported to Japan with delicious flavours like duck yuzu, or the spicy tonkotsu. Choose from artisanal straight noodles or the two weeks aged wave noodles. Looking for something extra? Opt for the crab karaage, or the aburi wagyu sushi. 

Tokyo Motto 

Specialising in Japanese street food and omurice, Tokyo Motto is the ultimate casual lunch spot. Expect an array of crispy katsu, karaage chicken, vegetable tempura and more. If you’re feeling experimental opt for the spicy miso ramen topped with a soft serve ice cream cone. After 9pm the venue transforms into a late-night izakaya serving up bar snacks, crispy fried chicken and rivers of free-flowing sake, beer and Japanese-inspired cocktails. 

A bowl of ramen with corn and a soft serve ice cream in the middle, a person picking up the noodles with chopsticks.
Tokyo Motto

Waku Waku 

Authentic, hidden gem Waku Waku is the authentic and intimate dining space for your next dinner date. Dive into a bowl of winter warming Hokkaido curry soup. Or munch on some tempura prawns, fresh sashimi and karaage chicken. All dishes are packed with flavour and will have you coming back for more. 

Niku Shiki  

Dine in, or grab and go at Niku Shiki. from delicate sushi to sizzling sukiyaki, to paper thin beef wagyu you will be spoilt for choice. Try the hot pot for your next group catch-up. Level up your at home meals with the butcher’s seafood, fresh cuts of wagyu and more.  

A plate of sashimi with someone pouring tea in the background.
Niku Shiki

Ronin Omakase 

From a Docklands pop-up to a permanent fixture on Little Collins street, Ronin Omakase takes your taste buds on a journey of explosive flavours. Enjoy the signature otoro nigiri, adorned with edible gold dust and crowned with exquisite caviar. Try the crab, scallop and kani miso. Pair your dish with sensational cocktails.  

Best new Japanese cafes and bakeries

Operator San

Operator San

A new Japanese brunch by Operator25 cafe, serving sweets, savouries, specialty coffee and drinks.

Ilza

Ilza

The second city venue for this popular Japanese snack bar and izakaya diner.

Onigiri Kitchen and Sake Bar

Onigiri Kitchen and Sake Bar

A beautifully designed space with a simple philosophy – to enjoy simple Japanese rice balls.

Karé

Karé

Serving delicious umami-packed Japanese curry creations.

Gacha Cafe

Gacha Cafe

A cute takeaway counter serving Japanese drinks and desserts and a Gacha Gacha toy spot.

Miyama Melbourne

Miyama Melbourne

Celebrate the spirit of Japanese hospitality infused with the bold charm of Melbourne.

Kumo Desserts

Kumo Desserts

Experience delicious Japanese-style soufflé pancakes.

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Last updated on Fri 17 May 2024

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