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!
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 place for dinner date 👌 Premium Nigiri platter was great, will be back for sure. Good happy hour too - cocktails and wine covered.
Great food and service and very good value for money. Especially good for catering to one of the group with significant dietary requirements. Recommended highly
Loved it!!! Amazing food and environment. Will be going back! It is a brilliant fusion of traditional and modern Japanese food. Excellent for a date night
Great vibe! Has amazing food, especially the tapas. My family who travelled around Japan said that it is definitely on par with the local food there!
It was fantastic- kids found feaps of options, Salmon was great, lots of really good quality food at a great price. Service was fast- and attentive. We came from Daylesford and was not dissapointed already planing the next vist well worth it for a relaxed feed with atmosphere- plenty to share and left feeling full.
Great food, some of the best Japanese in Melbourne. Staff were friendly, hospitable and super helpful with the menu. Shinwa Izakaya has a wonderful ambience! Thanks for a lovely experience!
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 with good selection for vegetarians too. A good choice of wines and cocktails as well. Unfortunately it seems almost every time I visit, they will miss putting an order through and we either cancel it or have to wait for the missed dish long after the other dishes have arrived.
We had a heavily pregnant guest with us and were originally allocated a recessed table. The staff were incredibly accommodating and happily moved us to the more regular tables in the back room. The food was amazing as always. Thanks.
service has gone downhill with new management (i assume new management). also i made a note to be placed in the front room however was still seated in back section. very loud and uncomfortable in there. My favourite oyster dish the Shinwa Oyster is not the same as it used to be. This is the main reason i visit and thus i wont be back. Very sad to see how low the standard has become.