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9 Best Japanese Restaurants in Australia [2023]

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Japan is a country that is rich with culture and tradition. In the Japanese culture, food plays an important role in daily life. There are many Japanese restaurants around Australia but not all of them serve authentic Japanese cuisine. This article lists 9 best Japanese restaurants in Australia so you can find one near you!

1. Sashimi Shinsengumi

Key ServicesSushi, Japanese cuisine
Address5/7-11 Clarke St, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Phone0402 359 697
Operating Hours11:30am-7pm Wednesday to Sunday

Omakase is a Japanese term that evokes feelings of pure satisfaction for anyone who considers himself or herself a true Japanese cuisine connoisseur. The term omakase means you’re handing everything over to the chef, and at Sashimi Shinsengumi, you don’t have much say in the matter. The hard part has already been determined for you, so all you have to do now is sit back and enjoy Chef Shinji Matsui using the blowtorch. That’s assuming you can get a table in the first place, of course. This is easily one of Australia’s finest Japanese restaurants tucked away in Crow’s Nest.

2. Sokyo

Key ServicesSushi, Japanese cuisine
AddressLevel 2, Sun Tower, 591 George St Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone1800 700 700
Operating Hours7am-10pm | 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-10pm Sunday to Thursday, 7am-10am | 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-11pm Friday and Saturday

One of the greatest Japanese restaurants in Sydney is hidden away behind an inconspicuous entryway at Star Casino. Sokyo doesn’t so much capitalize on its environment as much as it does complement it, providing a culinary haven. Expect a lighthearted yet opulent atmosphere, with beautiful presentations and tastes to match. Although your meal will not be cheap, it will certainly beat throwing your money away on slot machines. The breakfasts here are also legendary.

3. Nobu

Key ServicesOmakase meals
AddressCrown Metropol Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100, Australia
Phone1800 556 688
Operating Hours12pm-2pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm Sunday to Thursday, 12pm-2pm and 5:30-10:30pm Friday to Saturday

Nobu, a global Robert De Niro-owned restaurant chain, has made a name for itself in the area of quality, and its Perth outpost is no exception. The magnificent dining room and Crown setting are ideal for gatherings, while matching the cuisine’s contemporary Japanese-South American dishes. The Omakase meals are always a safe choice if you want to relax and enjoy their signature dishes, but as any seafood lover would understand, it’s worth looking out for any local or seasonal surprises.

4. Honto

Key ServicesSushi, Japanese cuisines
AddressAlden St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone+61 (07) 3193 7392
Operating Hours5:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday to Thursday, 5:30pm-12am Friday and Saturday

The dining room is fittingly dark and black, with big chandeliers and a menu that offers a twist. Honto’s open kitchen allows customers to see how the chefs execute some of Brisbane’s best sushi right in front of their eyes. In this area, the world-famous chefs prepare traditional meals with a modern spin and only use high-quality local ingredients. Raw kingfish with yuzu Nahm Jim and puffed rice or the famous lobster katsu sando are just a couple of the small dishes available.

5. Izakaya Fujiyama

Key ServicesJapanese cuisine, sake
Address38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone(02) 9698 2797
Operating Hours6pm-10pm Monday to Thursday, 5pm-10:30pm Friday to Saturday

Izakaya is a Japanese term that refers to “drinking food.” Izakaya Fujiyama, of course, lives up to its name. More importantly, this Surry Hills restaurant offers an extensive range of delectable Japanese cuisine as well as one of the greatest selections of Japanese whiskies and wines around. The portions are enormous, and the tastes are fantastic, making this one of Sydney’s greatest Japanese restaurants. Choose from delectable sushi hand rolls or something new off the grill.

6. Furaibo

Key ServicesSkewers, Japanese cuisines
AddressRaine Square, 300 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone+61 8 6102 2061
Operating Hours5pm-10pm Tuesday, 12pm-10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 12pm-12am Friday to Sunday

Furaibo has opened its first Australian location in Raine Square, and it’s already a CBD Japanese dining phenomenon with Izayaka-style share plates served alongside a bar stacked with local and Japanese drinks, as well as plenty of refreshing mixed beverages to help you extend your evenings.

7. Ha-Lu

Key ServicesJapanese and Tapa dishes
Address4/401 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016, Australia
Phone+61 8 9444 0577
Operating Hours4pm-9pm Wednesday to Sunday

Even the most hardened skeptic will be persuaded by Ha-Lu’s testimony. The menu ranges from appetizers and light meals to main dishes, such as slow-braised soy pork belly or grilled beef and miso plum sauce, all of which are beautifully presented and intended for sharing.

8. Sake Restaurant

Key ServicesContemporary Japanese cuisines
AddressEagle St Pier, Level 1/45 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone+61 (07) 3015 0557
Operating Hours5:30pm-9pm Wednesday to Thursday, 12pm-2pm and 5:30pm-10pm Friday to Saturday, 12pm-8pm Sunday

Sake, which focuses on contemporary Japanese cuisine in a modern setting, is best known for its wide range of delectably fresh sushi and sashimi, as well as its creative omakase menus. To complete your dining experience, try the signature dishes including the Hiramasa kingfish with lime, ponzu, and jalapeño sauce, or the Miso-glazed toothfish. A treat for the whole palette.

9. Yoko

Key ServicesJapanese cuisines
AddressHoward Smith Wharves 2, 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone+61 (07) 3236 6582
Operating Hours5pm-10pm Monday to Thursday, 12pm-10pm Friday, 11:30am-10pm Saturday and Sunday

Yoko is a lively, enjoyable dining experience that harkens back to the lively Izakayas of Tokyo, one of sister restaurant Greca’s branches. The cuisine at Yoko is primarily seafood prepared on the hibachi charcoal grill and bathed in light, fresh tastes with a punch. For the full experience, try the Yoko Feast’s premium degustation menu, which includes a 12-course Japanese meal with Miso caramel doughnuts made in-house.

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If you’re looking for a Japanese restaurant in Australia, then this article is the perfect resource. We’ve compiled 9 of the best Japanese restaurants that are sure to satisfy your cravings and keep you coming back for more! Whether it’s sushi or traditional Japanese cuisine you crave, these Japanese restaurants have got what you need.

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Rachel Tan is the editor at FunEmpire Media Australia. She has over 8 years of experience in the media industry discovering the best local businesses, places and things to do in Australia. From lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, education and more, Rachel is a trusted source to curate the very best Australia has to offer.