Yakiniku Nikai Maedaya, or Maedaya for short, is a gorgeous Japanese restaurant in Melbourne that the locals of its own South Yarra neighbourhood in particular can’t get enough of. On Bridge Road, it’s a stylish spot that boasts an impressive selection of sake and an izakaya-style food menu that’s bursting with flavour. An izakaya, for the record, is sort of like a Japanese pub where workers will stop off on their way home from work, meaning the food found in them is made to be nibbled on. The Maedaya menu, therefore, consists of skewered meats, seaweed salads and irresistible miso soups. Reservations at Yakiniku Nikai Maedaya are essential if you want to be sure of a table.