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!

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Shinwa Izakaya
139 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Melbourne 3056

Menu Highlights



Salmon Salad

Raw salmon, fish roe, cherry tomato, cucumber, avocado & w sesame mayo

Tofu Salad

fried silken tofu cubes, greens, nori, w sesame dressing

Soft Shell Crab Salad

fried soft shell crab, dried red shrimps, greens w house garlic dressing

More about Shinwa Izakaya, Brunswick

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!

55 Shinwa Izakaya Reviews

55 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Vanessoart@gmail.comVanessa B.a month ago · 1 review

amazing service and delicious food. Cosy setting, the sushi and salads were really good! staff made an effort to tend to our needs and we had a lovely night.

Wes O.a month ago · 2 reviews

Shinwa is one of my favourite restaurants. Great location, easy to find parking which is important. The foot, service and overall quality of this place is first class. It's one of my favourite Japanese places to go too. Highly recommended.

Brett M.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food and fantastic service. The takoyaki is amazing, and the matcha green tea ice cream is to die for! Highly reccomend this Brunswick gem!