Japanese takeaway on the southside of Melbourne
Pop on your lycra and puffer vests out to the delivery car, because the southside team is coming in hot! The highlights of Japanese food in the south of Melbourne include:
Mr Miyagi, Windsor. Locals will tell you that Mr Miyagi isn’t food, it’s an ‘experience’. As a self-described ‘casual but fancy’ restaurateur, this Japanese Asian-fusion local is famed for its new-age dishes that invoke the senses – think ramen gnocchi, peking duck nori tacos, schnitty baos and the yuzu cheesecake. With a menu this interesting, you know you’ve got to try it at least once!
En Izakaya, Balaclava. At En Izakaya, both the owner and chef pride themselves on presenting Japanese cuisine unlike anything Melbournians have seen before. With a focus on ‘taste, texture, aroma and appearance,’ their menu is divided by whether the dish comes from the garden, paddock, or sea. There's something for everyone, with a drinks menu designed to be paired and shared when ordering in from this Balaclava locale.
Tokyo Tina, Windsor. For those living on the fancier side of life, funky Tokyo Tina is your next takeaway stop. With a more modern take on Japanese fusion, there’s no regular sushi rolls here. Think DIY pork belly bao, smoked duck bibimbap with kimchi fried rice and prawn katsu sliders to munch on as you groove the night away, home-style.
Japanese takeaway on the westside of Melbourne
Out west, hot on northside’s coattails as the up and coming ‘cool and edgy’ team, our players get ready to place their orders from the glow of their old Victorian fireplaces:
279 Victoria Street, West Melbourne. With an aim to bring Japanese minimalism to the west, owner Kantaro Okada is all about coming back to basics, with home-style Japanese dishes including their famed ‘musubi’ – onigiri-style rice balls with a variety of fillings that can change up each week such as slow-cooked seaweed, grilled mackerel and karaage chicken. 279 also has a no-nonsense approach to lunch fare, with an assortment of bento boxes such as pork belly, sashimi and tempura prawn ready to go for that delicious Japanese lunch hit.
Ebi Fine Food, Footscray. In a fun fusion of Japanese takeaway meets your local fish and chippery sits Ebi Fine Food. Popular with locals, here you can mix it up with the ‘Bento Box of the Day,’ where customers have a chance to try new dishes, fresh fish dishes courtesy of Footscray Market, an assortment of appetisers such as veggie croquettes arabiki, and in case you were craving it, fish and chips – Japanese style.
Wayo Japanese, Flemington. According to their website, ‘Wa’ means Japan, and ‘Yo’ means western, so owner-chef Akio Nakajima has brought the combination of both worlds to his westside menu. Delivering tasty Japanese foods unlike those we already know, Wayo’s takeaway offerings feature fused entrees such as torikara fried chicken and beef tataki, as well as heartier rice and soup dishes and mains from the grill. With this much variety, there’s something for everyone with Wayo.