About Shinwa Izakaya
The closest stop for Shinwa Izakaya, despite its Sydney Road, Brunswick address, is Jewell, accessible if you stagger round the corner and down Union Street. This is an important fact, considering that Melbourne’s harried sararimen (and women) are likely to be calling this Japanese izakaya their home away from home once they get acquire a taste for the holistic Far Eastern pub and barbecue combination that you find down every alley in Tokyo. Punters are going to need to know how to get home – there aren’t any capsule hotels in Melbourne yet!
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 18:00 - 21:30
- Wednesday 18:00 - 21:30
- Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
- Friday 18:00 - 22:00
- Saturday 18:00 - 22:00
- Sunday 18:00 - 21:30
The mandate of a Japanese izakaya is simple: provide a warm and judgment-free space for a crowd, usually consisting of lunching or after-work professionals, to imbibe in beer, sake, shochu, wine and spirits accompanied by skewers of grilled meat, fish, vegetables and combinations thereof. The difference between two given izakaya is in the quality of their drinks and sticks of snackables. Shinwa Izakaya qualifies with flying colours as one of Melbourne’s finest, not least because the look and feel of its Brunswick premises along Sydney Road are pitch-perfect.
Sat on the corner of Sydney Road and Union Street, this Brunswick Japanese izakaya is distinctive for its yellow-gold and black exterior, evoking a the kind of lacquer work that Japan is famous for when it’s not being famous for its generosity when it comes to beer towers and grilled fugu. Inside it’s all industrial chic, with the rows of top-shelf sake temptingly illuminated by placeless light source. begin with classic, salty edamame and end up with gyoza, takoyaki, ebi karaage and more. Our recommendation would be to go omakase and let the chef choose for you!
Great food, presentation, vibe - love the way the front room is set up and service. Love this place and the happy Hour between 6-7pm = $10 cocktails which are amazing
The food was absolutely amazing. Every dish was made to perfection. The cocktails were also delicious. I was very impressed and will definitely be going again soon.
Spectacular dinner in an authentic Japanese setting, Food was delicious and prepared quickly, staff were friendly and had great customer service and Shinwa has a great selection of authentic Japanese drinks. the Umeshu is my favourite. Thanks guys you have filled our night with delicious food and good memories.
Great food and great price and a nice interior. Would recommend for a nice night out. booking was easy and staff were friendly. Good Vegetarian menu also
I have been here many times and Shinwa has never let me down. I took my mum for the first time and she loved it.
Very good food and excellent range of vegetarian options and specials. We went at a busy time (8pm) so service was slow but very helpful and friendly.