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Shinwa Izakaya

Brunswick · Japanese · $$$$
Excellent
4.9/6
27 Reviews

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!

Go to Shinwa Izakaya Page

Address

Shinwa Izakaya
139 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Melbourne 3056

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
Closed

Chef's Choice

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Nibbles

Takoyaki 6pc

Fried octopus pancake ball, green onions, bonito flakes with tonkatsu & mayo sauce
A$7.80

Gyoza 6pc

Pan-fried house dumplings choice of pork | vegan
A$10.80

Spicy Karaage

Japanese fried chicken served with spicy mayo
A$10.80
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Salads

Salmon Salad

Raw salmon cubes, flying fish roe, cherry tomato, cucumber, avocado, sesame dressing and mayo
A$17.80

Tofu Salad

Fried silken tofu, greens, cucumber, cherry tomato, crispy tempura, nori flake, with creamy sesame dressing
A$15.80

Soft Shell Crab Salad

Fried soft shell crab, stir-fried mini red shrimps, cucumber, cherry tomato, flying fish roe, salad greens, with house garlic sesame dressing
A$18.80
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Mains

Teriyaki Salmon Don

Pan-fried teriyaki salmon fillet with asparagus, served with rice
A$20.80

Teriyaki Chicken

Flame grilled chicken thigh fillet, onions, sesame seeds, scallions & teriyaki sauce served with rice
A$18.80

Unagi Don

Smoked eel, shredded grilled egg, unagi sauce, sesame seed, green onion, seaweed flake served on a bed of rice
A$17.80
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Grilled Skewers

Arabiki Sausage

Smoked cheese pork sausage
A$6.80

Wagyu Beef

Wagyu beef, salt, pepper, garlic salt
A$14.80

Teriyaki Yakitori

Chicken thigh, green onion with teriyaki sauce
A$9.40

Further Information

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!

27 Shinwa Izakaya Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Alanna M.11 days ago · 1 review

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!

"Excellent"6/6
Fiona M.a month ago · 1 review

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Sarah T.a month ago · 2 reviews

Shinwa is one of my absolute favourite eateries in Brunswick. Great food that's nicely presented, and friendly, efficient service. Definitely keen to go back. Thanks guys!

"Excellent"6/6
Penny W.2 months ago · 1 review

Delicious food, excellent service, great ambience and very reasonably priced. I would recommend this restaurant for any diners who enjoy Japanese cuisine and also are mindful of the cost.

"Excellent"6/6
Donna V.2 months ago · 1 review

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"5/6
Carole F.a month ago · 1 review

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!

"Excellent"6/6
Harley T.5 months ago · 1 review

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"5/6
Kelly W.2 days ago · 2 reviews

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.

"Okay"3/6
Kane R.a month ago · 2 reviews

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Arthur C.2 months ago · 1 review

Fantastic atmosphere, service and food! Would recommend for anyone looking for an intimate, delicious and quiet dining experience. Great for romantic dates. A bit on the expensive price, but oh so worth it!

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