When you’re thinking of a classy night out in St Kilda, then you need to be thinking about Machi Restaurant & Bar on Inkerman Street. They’ve got all the credentials necessary to create the perfect evening: an open kitchen that allows you to see the sushi artists at work, a drinks menu that can get the night off to the best possible start and a food menu packed with enough Japanese classics to satisfy even the most demanding of gyoza gourmands. You can reach Machi simply – take the tram from Melbourne CBD to the centre of St Kilda and get off at Inkerman Street – and once you’re there, their staff will do the rest. Book a table today.
“Machi” is the Japanese word meaning “small town” or “community”: an appropriate name, then, for Machi Restaurant & Bar in St Kilda. It was the community in St Kilda that inspired the moniker and when you head along to Inkerman Street, it will be easy to see why the name fits. Their name locally is well known, due largely to the winning combination of friendly service, reasonable prices and a menu that encapsulates the very best of Japanese cuisine in Melbourne. We emphasis the Melbourne, as while the dishes and techniques are from Japan, the locally-sourced ingredients represent the finest that Australia has to offer.
Take the fish: the maki rolls are made of Moreton Bay bugs, the tempura is local flathead and there is a miso-marinated barramundi, cooked in the oven and served with fresh green veggies. Alongside the Aussie products, Machi use the freshest sushi grade salmon, tuna and kingfish as well as scallops and prawns. Seafood aside, there are meat dishes such as Wagyu beef sukiyaki, teriyaki lamb shoulder and a huge range of gyoza dumplings. If all that sounds too much like hard work, however, then let the Machi chefs pick for you through their set menu omakase selections. Reserve yourself a table and head on over to Inkerton Street in St Kilda for a Japanese feast to remember.
Great restaurant. Had the tacos, gyoza, tempura, agedashi tofu, Prawn maki. Food was delicious, service fantastic and super fast. Highly recommend for authentic Japanese food.
Could probably sum up our dining experience with... Fresh. So very very fresh. Tastes were well balanced and the presentation was appetizing. Perhaps a little too much rice on the sushi, but I can live with that. Platter had good flavours but lacked that "oomph" we got from all the other dishes.
Where to start! The staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful and the food was out of this world. From the presentation to the flavors - just WOW! Every dish was a flavor and culinary delight. I wanted to go back the next night.
good, so nice and suitable for people to eat!will come back and order another dish! friendly and really delicious! japanese style and good fresh uni!
Beautifully presented food. Serves arent huge but prices are in line with that. Delicious and interesting dishes. Service with a smile. My only criticism is how they brought the main courses out as they didn't come out at the same time..a bit of a delay. Not sure if they thought we were sharing. Overall a nice night.We would return.
We have been many times over the years to Machi. It remains a very good restaurant. It has an extensive menu to suit all tastes. The people we were with don't like seafood but we were still able to find a variety of dishes to share.
Amazing food, great setting! The service is excellent and it's located in a convenient place in terms of parking . A bit pricey but try and use an entertainment book deal. Would go back in a heartbeat. Ensure you make a booking.
The service was nervous from the start, out wait person so obviously new. We had a problem with a wobbly table so we were moved. Then, the table we moved to was wobbly too - the foot had fallen off. My partner fixed that. The remainder of the night went well after a bumpy start. You could feel it.
The service is good. Staff are polite and nice. The owners are running a good restaurant . The food was always fresh . The prices are medium range . Highly recommended . The best Japanese in the area .
Wonderful fresh and delectable tasting food; excellent service and lovely ambience. Can't wait until I can go again. Perfect place for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. Effortless to book via Quandoo. Heard immediately back from the restaurant.