Japanese fine dining, with meals prepared tableside, in a cosmopolitan, minimalist setting.

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Minamishima - Japanese restaurant in Melbourne, Australia

$$$$ Chic setting for elegant Japanese dishes

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โ„– 21 Top rated Restaurant in Melbourne


4 Lord St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia


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4.70 (440 reviews)

Historical data

Working Hours

  • Tuesday: 5:30 to 10PM
  • Wednesday: 5:30 to 10PM
  • Thursday: 5:30 to 10PM
  • Friday: 5:30 to 10PM
  • Saturday: 5:30 to 10PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed


  • 5Kelvin N. 1 year ago
    Amazing fresh sushi with attentive staff and great sushi chefs!

  • 5kieran w. 1 year ago
    Food was amazing Service was amazing Will be back every year

  • 5V. 1 year ago
    Such beautiful interior and exceptional service. The chef and waiters were informative of each dish that came out. A beautiful selection of handmade Japanese cuisines. The omakase is a culinary experience lead by the most amazing chefs ?. I came here for my birthday and we ordered the Omakase set. 16 carefully curated dishes. The seafood is so fresh and the tuna cuts are perfect. We ordered an additional wagyu nigiri which was on the house special. Exceptional with the most marbled and tender meat that melted in the mouth. All dishes were so fresh and delicious and flavoured enough to not require any sauce.

  • 5Matthew C. 1 year ago
    Amazing Japanese Omakase!

  • 5Amanda E. 1 year ago
    We came here for our wedding anniversary and what a delightful treat it was! We missed out at sitting at the counter with the chefs but were so lucky to get a table in the dining area. I was honestly amazed that they fly in a lot of their ingredients fresh from Japan daily. I even had a seasonal special of the white strawberry! The sommelier was the highlight for me. She was incredibly knowledgeable and left the bottle with me for a brief period so I could have a proper look (and get photos). She even introduced me to new styles of sake I did not previously know about, and introduced me to a sake from her home town in Japan that you can't even get in Australia. The restaurant imports it for them. Every single dish and drink was scrumptious and well paired. I highly recommend getting the extra dishes they offer on top of the set menu. I honestly cannot wait to go back one day, once I've saved up some more.

  • 5Jennifer H. 1 year ago
    Best Japanese food in Melbourne

  • 5Sarah C. 1 year ago
    Easily the best Japanese meal I've had. The staff aren't pretentious and will give advice on the best way to eat the dishes. Really great place.

  • 5Tolu Y. 1 year ago
    Delicious food with variety of cuisines. Would not hesitate to recommend them.

  • 5MaiAnh N. 1 year ago
    Delicious and delightful. We sat at the counter and it was a wonderful experience to watch the chefs at work. The seafood and flavour combinations were fantastic. Staff were friendly and courteous. Enjoyed our meal very much.

  • 5Charlie V. 1 year ago
    Brilliant food and experience. Every dish was a work of art and the flavours were incredible. Worth every dollar. Deserts were, however, not to my taste.

  • 5James the a. 1 year ago
    We were at the bar seeing how the chef prepares the Omakase. Just like the premium Eidoya Sushi specialty joint we visited in Tokyo. It is at the door step. Amazingly fresh seafood with gorgeous texture and beautiful presentation. This is not your average sushi. Among the 15 dishes, seared flounder, fuji apple handroll and otoro (tuna abdomen close to the chin fattest in the whole fish) stand out the most. The flounder is imported from Hokkaido as it is sooooo fatty as a white fish. Australian flounders are too small, lean and carry the taste of aquarium filth. We were offered 3 specialty dishes - Fugu (puffer fish), Wagu sushi and Sea urchin sushi. They are all very good! The desert is traditional red bean mochi with Matcha Shredded Ice. Yum! We are glad that we dont have to go to Japan to taste proper Japanese original sushi!

  • 5Dan W. 1 year ago
    This is a whole level above anything else going around.

  • 5A. 1 year ago
    Every single dish that was presented during the night was nothing short of delicious. I will come back soon! Thank you.

  • 5Stephen L. 1 year ago
    The best Japanese restaurant with the best service I have attended Lots of delicious dishes

  • 5John W. 1 year ago
    Just as good as it gets for top end Japanese cuisine. Not the cheapest in town, but as they say, you get what you pay for.

  • 5Dan B. 1 year ago
    Simply amazing

  • 5ronald d. 1 year ago damn happy.

  • 5A. 11 months ago
    Great experience and exceptional sushi! Customer service was also top-notch. Highly recommended!

  • 5Sangchan Y. 10 months ago
    (Translated by Google) Melbourne's representative Japanese restaurant with a traditional style of Omakase Good food Guide 2 Chef hat was equipped with the appropriate level. There are a large number of Japanese restaurants in Australia, but most of them have the same shape as sushi bento and sushi train, and it is hard to find the omekase style that is carefully picked and classy. It was a short-lived sensation in Melbourne, where restaurants are packed, and now it is one of the restaurants recommended by the Melbourne Tourism Agency. You can see 15 menus at the level of $200, right from the hands of a chef with 30 years of experience. I can't compare it to the famous Omakase specialty shops in Korea or Japan, but I don't think it's comparable to the understanding and philosophy of Japanese food. (Original) ์ „ํ†ต ์Šคํƒ€์ผ์˜ ์˜ค๋งˆ์นด์„ธ ๋ง›์ง‘์œผ๋กœ ๋ฉœ๋ฒˆ์„ ๋Œ€ํ‘œํ•˜๋Š” ์ผ์‹ ๋ ˆ์Šคํ† ๋ž‘ Good food Guide 2 Chef hat ์— ๊ฑธ๋งž๋Š” ์ˆ˜์ค€์„ ๊ฐ–์ถ”๊ณ  ์žˆ์—ˆ๋‹ค. ํ˜ธ์ฃผ์— ์ผ์‹๋‹น์ด ์—„์ฒญ๋‚˜๊ฒŒ ๋งŽ์ง€๋งŒ ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„ ์Šค์‹œ ๋ฒค๋˜, ์Šค์‹œ ํŠธ๋ ˆ์ธ๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์€ ํ˜•ํƒœ์ด๊ณ  ์ •๊ฐˆํ•˜๊ณ  ๊ณ ๊ธ‰์Šค๋Ÿฝ๊ฒŒ ๋ฝ‘์•„๋‚ด๋Š” ์˜ค๋งˆ์นด์„ธ ์Šคํƒ€์ผ์€ ์ฐพ์•„๋ณด๊ธฐ ์–ด๋ ต๋‹ค. ๋ง›์ง‘์ด ์ฆ๋น„ํ•œ ๋ฉœ๋ฒˆ์—์„œ ์„ผ์„ธ์ด์…˜์„ ์ผ์œผํ‚ค๋ฉฐ ๋‹จ๊ธฐ๊ฐ„์— ์„ฑ๊ณตํ–ˆ๊ณ  ์ง€๊ธˆ์€ ๋ฉœ๋ฒˆ ๊ด€๊ด‘์ฒญ์—์„œ๋„ ์ถ”์ฒœํ•˜๋Š” ๋ง›์ง‘์ค‘ ํ•œ๊ณณ์œผ๋กœ ์ธ๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ๋งŽ์•„ ์˜ˆ์•ฝํ•˜๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ์–ด๋ ต๋‹ค. 200๋ถˆ ์ˆ˜์ค€์— 15๊ฐ€์ง€ ์ •๋„์˜ ๋ฉ”๋‰ด๋ฅผ 30๋…„ ๊ฒฝ๋ ฅ ์‰ํ”„์˜ ์†์—์„œ ๋ฐ”๋กœ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๋ณผ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค. ํ•œ๊ตญ์ด๋‚˜ ์ผ๋ณธ์˜ ์œ ๋ช… ์˜ค๋งˆ์นด์„ธ ์ „๋ฌธ์ ๊ณผ ๋น„๊ตํ•ด ๋ณผ ์ˆ˜๋Š” ์—†์œผ๋‚˜ ์ผ์‹์˜ ์ดํ•ด๋„๋‚˜ ์ฒ ํ•™๋งŒํผ์€ ์†์ƒ‰์ด ์—†์„ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค.

  • 5Georgia W. 1 year ago
    This place is the best! Yes its expensive. Very expensive I would say for most of us. But look at the other top end menus in town and it delivers in spades. Totally worth it. Amazing. So professional. Seamless. We ate at the sushi bar which I would highly recommend. Dinning room is more private. I think its 14 people in each area only. What an experience. We didnโ€™t feel hungry after the meal. I had high expectations, but they were well exceeded!

  • 5Izzy X. 10 months ago
    Booked a table a month ahead~gladly food was happily expected~ chocolate was definitely the winner.

  • 5Ivan A. 11 months ago
    Amazing omakaze ?? perfect for a special occasion

  • 5f. 9 months ago
    Recently had dinner here. Beautiful food and sake. Edit: Dined again in Jan 2020 before the worldwide covid fiasco. Still wonderful food, drink and service.

  • 5Danielle T. 1 year ago
    An incredibly special experience! The beautifully presented food is truly devine. The service was attentive but unobtrusive. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

  • 5Jennifer L. 1 year ago
    Brilliant restaurant 2nd time round! I was full this time! Menu changes seasonally and the first time I dined, I felt so hungry afterwards even though the food was amazing and fresh. Waiters are top notch and attentive as a Japanese restaurant. Sometimes you may need to repeat and ask them again as they are all Japanese- Authentic dishes! So glad there is an Authentic high end Japanese restaurant here in Melbourne.

  • 5Deswaqr K. 8 months ago
    We very much enjoyed our visit to Minamishima. It was a very humbling experience to watch the highly skilled chefs prepare our meal. We were seated at the sushi bar and were impressed with the performance art of our hosts and dedication of wait staff. Highly recommend.

  • 5allison r. 1 year ago
    Beautiful food, well presented. Attentive staff, ery friendly an professional. Decor and lighting inside, simple, elegant, and puroseful. A wonderful experience.

  • 5Jacob B. 1 year ago
    This place is the best! Yes its expensive. Very expensive I would say for most of us. But look at the other top end menus in town and it delivers in spades. Totally worth it. Amazing. So professional. Seamless. We ate at the sushi bar which I would highly recommend. Dinning room is more private. I think its 14 people in each area only. What an experience. We didnโ€™t feel hungry after the meal. I had high expectations, but they were well exceeded!

  • 5Andrew M. 1 year ago
    5 star sushi is what you get here and washed down with a selection of amazing artisan sake. It is pricy but that's what you pay for incredible quality.

  • 4Samuel T. 10 months ago
    Authentic Japanese sushi flown in from Japan and great sake selection. Been frequenting this place over the years and will always come back for a good feed.

  • 4Rob L. 1 year ago
    Great omakase in beautiful zen setting

  • 4Keith o. 1 year ago
    Fine dining omakase sushi that is arguably the best in Australia. However this is not the same life changing and mind altering ecstasy one may potentially have in a sushi temple in Japan. This is partly limited by relative quality of proteins available. Sake pairing is recommended and was as entertaining as the food.

  • 4Tonia L. 1 year ago
    Amazing food. So much variety!

  • 3Independent Melbourne R. 1 year ago
    We had the omakase dining room menu , rather than sitting at the bar. The waiters were attentive. Our waiter tried to upsell extra dishes to the standard menu. We didn't takeup the offer as we expected to go home full and satisfied on the $150 per head menu, without having to add on $30 extras per add-on. I would rather pay $200 per head and have everything inclusive. The sushi were all beautifully prepared, but some of the other dishes were very average, and the green tea chocolate cubes ( one each), the size of a sugar cube, as a dessert felt a bit mean and left us feeling underwhelmed.

  • 3Jason B. 1 year ago
    Top notch Japanese and service. The food tasted great, however the same cooking technique was used for everything....sashimi with a blow torch, great sauces, wine list and that's about it

  • 3Ilya G. 1 year ago
    The fish selection is not too impressive - mackerel, tuna - all the usual suspects. The whole omakase leaves you a bit hungry.. completely unexpected of this type of a restaurant.

  • 3Jimmy J. 1 year ago
    Very delicate but it doesn't have any wow factor which I expect for a 3 chef hatted restaurant.

  • 1Alex L. 8 months ago
    Despite enjoying my meal I have no choice but to leave a 1 star review. There is no email to contact staff and I received raw chicken and got sick.

  • 1Roxy M. 1 year ago
    Terrible experience and bland food

  • 1m. 1 year ago
    Sorry about this folks, but the dining experience here was so poor, I wish I had been warned before going there, so I would like to help you out by briefly describing how poorly it panned out for our group. Please don't be fooled by this establishment, it is long way from being a good Japanese restaurant. Our whole table was disappointed in the food and service at Minamishima. It's a bit of an embarrassment of a Japanese restaurant really and we all felt a bit betrayed by them really, food was average at best, the venue was dark and dingy, the music was some kind of unremarkable jazz/noise and was way too loud to be able to hear anything clearly. FOOD, We go to restaurants for a lot of reasons and usually food is one of them... This was a real disappointment. Unfortunately, most of the food was not cooked fresh, it was prepared well in advance of the service, and heated up just before service (for the food which wasn't cold). It really misses the point of good Japanese food, which is prepared fresh. This food was not authentic at all, it couldn't be described as modern, just a poor example of food at a very expensive restaurant. I would not recommend this to anyone wanting a good dining experience, it simply did not live up to modern expectations. Theres a lot of much better Japanese Restaurants around which have excellent service, it would pay to shop around a little. After discussing some of the problems relating to the service, the shift manager was unapologetic and uninterested in discussing it all. It was not at all respectful. The venue itself was dark and dingy with no consideration for Japanese style. It was tidy, but boring, I mean, there is basically no decor, there's no soft furnishings, artwork or theme to the place, . It wouldn't be considered as minimalist, rather it just looked cheap, perhaps unfinished. I've seen the pictures online, but thats facing the bar, turn around to where you eat and its a different story. The staff mumbled and spoke so quietly that it was almost impossible to understand what the serves were. Considering they did not supply any menu, we could have been eating anything really. It was most strange actually. At any rate, the staff didn't have a full understanding of what the food was but seemed to rabbit on about the soy sauce being the invention of one of their cooks. The secret is out though, it's just regular soy sauce with a bit of miso paste stirred through it. You could do it yourself for a lot less! PRICING I feel the restaurant was quite deceptive in the way they conducted themselves when it came to the cost of eating there. When making the booking, they said they have 2 sitting times in the evening, starting 6PM and starting 8PM. They indicated that there was a set menu but would not be drawn on what it was. Nor did they present any offer for the food and pricing whatsoever. The only time we found out was when the bill came. 6 people came in to around $1,400. Yes it was around $225 per person, then we all went out to dinner around the corner because the servings were embarrassingly small, every single one of us left starving. I'm not going to tell you how much the drinks were, if you want to go there after this review, I guess you'll find out about the drinks then. Should have been a warning when we tried to book. In fact, it was very difficult to get them to answer the phone to make a booking!, Then they messed up the date with an SMS confirmation and it was impossible to make any change after that. They said we cant always answer the phone because we're busy! I guess none of us will go there again, thats just how we saw it, maybe it will be different for you, but you're welcome for the heads up.

  • 1Browning B. 1 year ago
    Overpriced, mediocre food, really below our expectations. Avoid!

Last updated: 2020-08-25