From ramen to gyoza, izakayas (Japanese-style pubs) have exploded in popularity across Melbourne. In this piece, we’ll take a closer look at the specialty dishes offered at Japanese restaurants in Collingwood. After briefly covering the cultural roots of Japanese food, we’ll give a QIKI primer that’ll stimulate your appetite just reading it. When you put all the ingredients down on paper, you realize some of the Japanese restaurants in Collingwood serve culinary masterpieces!
Should you have any further issues picking the best Japanese restaurant in Collingwood for you, check out the QIKI tips at the bottom. It’ll make sure you consider the right factors when placing an order!
For sake of simplicity, there were three major “inflection points” in the socio-cultural history of Australia: the 1850s Gold Rush, Post WWII refugees, and the 1970s dismantling of racist immigration laws. While Japanese immigrants trickled in during the Gold Rush and post-WWII, Japanese-Australian culture exploded in a big way during the 70s!
The first Japanese restaurants in Collingwood actually popped up specifically to serve Japanese businessmen serving – no meat pies for our Japanese mates back in the day. By serving them food they were familiar and comfortable with, Japanese restaurants in Collingwood established a foothold for future growth. By the 80s, anime, sushi, and the Japanese Tech Revolution became firmly established on the Aussie shores.
Now, there are literally dozens to hundreds of izakayas within Victoria! Plenty Japanese restaurants are found in Collingwood, making sushi and ramen lovers delighted.
Tempura Don Rice Bowl
Packed with fresh prawns from Melbourne’s coast, veggies, and fried tempura drizzled with soy sauce, the coating that gives the tempura that crispy flavor shines through. Using egg, flour, and subtle spices, the crisped veggies pair with seafood perfectly. Served on a bed of white sticky rice. Delicious!
Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, which has a slightly nutty taste, like pine nuts or cashews! High in protein, these sturdy noodles absorb the dipping sauce beautifully. All kinds of variations can be found at the Japanese restaurants in Collingwood, so check them out!
Traditional Bento Box (Takeaway)
An aesthetically pleasing to-go box, the bento is perfectly portioned with your choice of marinated meats, veggies, and rice or noodles. We highly recommend it for deliveries; it’s just fantastic to get one at your door. It feels like a little wrapped present just came your way.
Vegan Deluxe Picnic Bento Box
A bigger version of the Bento Box, this meal can fill 2-4 and comes with the works; wine, cheese, crackers, and a variety of Japanese snacks!
California Sushi Roll
Rolled in seaweed spackled with sticky rice, a California roll is like the intro “newbie” roll to sushi. It wraps up cucumber, crab, and avocado into a tidy perfect bite! Most Japanese restaurants in Collingwood use real crab, but always ask to double check!
If none of the dishes above hit you right, there are a couple final things to consider when finding the perfect Japanese restaurant in Collingwood. Many Japanese restaurants are also found nearby in Fitzroy and Abbotsford, so check if you can expand your delivery options or walking distance!
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