This modern Japanese restaurant and bar sets up its stylish shop along Brighton’s Church Street, providing a fresh local spot for diners to indulge in beautifully prepared Japanese cuisine, premium sake, and an unbeatable ambience. Perfect sushi and sashimi are the most popular drawcards at Tokyo Kitchen Sakae, but the list of traditional noodle and rice dishes, Japanese curries, and teppanyaki specialties is huge, making Tokyo Kitchen Sakae worth checking out by any Asian food fan in Melbourne.
Tokyo Kitchen Sakae’s Church Street premises boast a striking interior and a sunny courtyard for alfresco dining. The sushi and sashimi here are all made fresh to order – it’s well worth the wait for what might be some of Brighton and Melbourne’s best value and most artful nigiri and raw fish sculptures. Kushiyaki skewers are another popular option among diners looking for quick and simple Japanese fare to accompany a drink or two, and those watching the rise of Nepalese cuisine will notice that the famous momo dumplings even make an appearance on the menu.
Tokyo Kitchen Sakae’s light and healthy salads like the simple tofu wakame salad or the heartier grilled Wagyu beef salad offer a fresh taste sensation, while deliciously deep-fried gyoza are handmade at Tokyo Garden’s Brighton restaurant and are again great with a Japanese beer or chilled sake. If you’re a Melbourne foodie trying to tick off as many Asian restaurants as possible, order up one of the chef’s specials. Fresh oysters are spiked with a special lemony sauce or given the tempura treatment, while multigrain, inside-out California rolls come served with grilled scallops. Unmissable is the traditional salmon nan-ban tsuke, deep-fried salmon and a simple selection of fresh vegetables served with a vinegary soy sauce.
Excellent food, lovely service. Unusual menu that is interesting and delicious. Fish tacos are a must to try - every person we have introduced to this restaurant has gone back.
It takes a little too long before they take your drinks and first food order but it is certainly worth the wait. Well priced, super-tasty (but typically Japanese healthy feeling) grazing food keeps you coming back for more.
Awesome food, must try the volcano sushi roll and the soft shell crab salad! Sake was on point too. Recommended and will definitley be back!
We had a very pleasant night and the food was lovely! The staff are very friendly and I like you can bring your own wine!
The food was exquisite, staff were very friend and the venue was cosy and quite. This was undoubtedly the best Japanese I have ever tasted and I will definitely be recommending this restaurant to everyone. Can't wait for my next Tokyo Kitchen taste adventure.
Wonderful, fresh Japanese with a mix of traditional and some more inventive dishes. The miso cod was a standout. The wagyu salad I could leave behind but then again I think wagyu is overrated in general. Cosy atmosphere and friendly service too.
The restaurant is very warm , staff service was excellent, good variety of drink selection, $4 per head for BYO, meal was excellent with a variety of impressive Japanese meal options. Well worth the visit and we will be back.
Delicious food at a reasonable price. Lots of vegetarian dishes as well as beautifully presented sushi and sashimi. Great service and a nice friendly atmosphere. Would highly recommend this local neighborhood restaurant.
Always a great experience - but make sure that you try to a bit adventurous and try things on the menu that are different from what you 'think' Japanese food should be.
Great authentic Japanese food. Consistently good. The wait staff are a bit slow but as soon as you catch their eye, they come over but they don't come near you otherwise.