Asian cuisine is a delight all over Melbourne, from Chinese dumpling joints to Korean barbecue restaurants and Vietnamese noodle shops. Japanese food is not to be left out of the list, and there are plenty of sushi and sashimi fish, udon and soba noodles and katsu and teriyaki meats. On the border of South Yarra and Prahran, at the end of Commercial Road where it becomes Malvern Road, they get their Japanese fix from Koumi-Kazuya Japanese Cuisine. They offer up bento boxes packed with maki, nigiri and teriyaki chicken or beef or vegetarian versions with inside-out rolls, veggie hosomaki, mini spring rolls and gyoza dumplings. Take a trip out from central Melbourne – that’ll be the train stations at Prahran, South Yarra and Hawksburn – and try some of the best in Japanese cuisine: just remember to book your table before you arrive, as they can get quite crowded.
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