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Japanese Restaurants in Carlton

If you have ever been out with work colleagues or the mates, chances are you’ve hit up a Japanese pub or restaurant for some sushi on the night. Japanese restaurants and izakaya have steadily risen in popularity since their explosion onto Melbourne’s culinary scene in the 1980s. In fact, cookbook author Jane Lawson had this to say about the lovely expansion of Japanese-style pubs in Carlton.


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Chin Chin's at Koto Moon


647 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

  • Chin Chin's at Koto Moon Phone number03 9349 4545
  • Chin Chin's at Koto Moon Email
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226 Sushi

Korean, Japanese,

226 Pelham Street, Carlton

  • 226 Sushi Phone number03 9866 9111
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Adozen Adozen

Bakery, Desserts, Japanese,

188 Queensberry Street, Carlton

  • Adozen Adozen Phone numberNot available for this place
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Don Tojo

Japanese, Asian,

164 Cardigan Street, Carlton

  • Don Tojo Phone number03 9347 5041
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Hakata Gensuke Yatai Ramen

Ramen, Japanese,

126 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Hakata Gensuke Yatai Ramen Phone number03 9078 4819
  • Hakata Gensuke Yatai Ramen Email

Inflection Point: Origins of the Delicious Japanese Restaurants in Carlton

As with the cultural roots of many immigrants, it is best to think of three general waves or “inflection points,” where Australia undeniably benefitted from migration: 1850s gold rush, post WW-II movement, and Post-Vietnam war revisions to awful, outdated, discriminatory immigration laws. Following the revision of these immigration laws, Asian immigrants finally had a chance to make a valuable impact on Melbourne’s culinary culture.

However, even in the post-WWII 50s, Japanese restaurants in Carlton only catered to businessmen who flew in from Japan with literally no familiar food options to eat. It took South Vietnam’s collapse in the 70s, which saw a flood of refugees from Asian countries, to elevate Asian cuisine around the Outback. Immigration laws were finally fixed. By the 1980s, the Japanese tech miracle had reached Aussie shores, bringing with it the riches of Japanese culture – including their yummy sushi delights.

While barely a single Aussie had tasted Japanese food for 50 years, learning how to use chop sticks now is a matter of cosmopolitan status; it means you can hang with the mates at the local Izakaya.


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Hi Chong Qing

Chinese, Ramen,

26 Orr Street, Carlton

  • Hi Chong Qing Phone number0423 262 122
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Ima Project Cafe

Japanese, Coffee and Tea,

169 Elgin Street, Carlton

  • Ima Project Cafe Phone number03 9348 1118
  • Ima Project Cafe Email


Japanese, Contemporary,

121 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Kazuki's Phone number03 9349 2223
  • Kazuki's Email
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Sea Salt

Fish and Chips, Sushi,

364 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Sea Salt Phone number03 9347 4777
  • Sea Salt Email
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Shinbashi Yakiniku

Japanese, Asian, Japanese BBQ,

294 Lygon Street, Carlton

  • Shinbashi Yakiniku Phone number03 9347 3528
  • Shinbashi Yakiniku Email

Look for the Izakayas: QIKI’s Primer on Popular Japanese Food in Carlton

Aside from sit-down places, don’t count out the quality of Japanese pub food. Izakayas are in fact Japanese pubs, so it makes sense that Aussies would love a spot to enjoy sushi, sake, and a game. Check out some perfect meals to go with your beer and sake below!

Prawn and Chicken dumpling Gyoza

Don’t be thrown off by the unfamiliar name! Japanese gyoza is just a form of refined dumpling that can be boiled, deep fried, or pan fried. The filling, made of delicious marinated meat, veggies, and more, is more finely chopped as well. An absolute treat and perfect pick for game night!

Bento Box

Usually made for lunch, bento boxes are perfect little to-go meals that portion out fish or meat with veggies and a salad. However, bento boxes are fun because of their aesthetically beautiful and tidy presentation along with the options to customize your own box. For those you like to choose every ingredient placed in your meal, go with a to-go Bento box.

Prawn Dashi Ramen

With soup made from chicken, pork, beef, and shellfish bones, Japanese ramen is considered a worldwide phenomenon. If you like chicken soup, you like Japanese ramen, it’s that simple. This special prawn version relies on the proximity to fresh seafood for Japanese restaurants in Carlton. Check it out!

Japanese Wagyu Curry Udon

Served at Japanese restaurants all over Carlton, Japanese Udon uses a flat thick noodle soaked in dashi broth, which is made of special Japanese veggies. It serves as the soup base for miso, as well. However, this udon version adds soy sauce and mirin to it, giving a whole new flavor. This local version also includes bone beef broth in the soup, so please enjoy one of the highest quality wagyu beef options on the Melbourne market.


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Sushi Ten

Japanese, Sushi,

178 Rathdowne street,, Carlton

  • Sushi Ten Phone number03 9349 3090

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