Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar
Melbourne's most comprehensive Sake list
It is a fair bet that Melbourne’s latest version of the Izakaya will be a success. In short, an informal drink and eat gathering spot serving small Japanese style plates alongside Melbourne’s most comprehensive Sake list.
On entry to Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar you’ll be greeted Japanese style – ‘irasshaimase’ they chant. Literally translates to ‘come in’. Naturally it adds to the atmosphere too when all staff boisterously sing the welcome tune.
The man responsible for this latest Japanese translation is owner and entrepreneur Andre Bishop, also behind Robot, Golden Monkey and Izakaya Chuji.
In the kitchen it’s Akimi Iguachi (Yu-U and Bar Lourinha) and Eriko Hamabe (of Kobe Jones and The Royal George). You’ll share traditional gems found street side in Japan like yakitori chicken skewers, as well as innovative little dishes including delicious potato-wrapped fried king prawns.
If you are lucky enough to be local, consider this your new dojo. The drinks: as we said, Melbourne’s most comprehensive sake list. The communal table: A 26-seat recycled timber. The deep booths: red leather and found upstairs in the loft.
Irasshaimase. Irasshaimase, Irasshaimase.
Where: 152 Lygon St, Brunswick East
When: Mon-Thurs 5.30-11.30pm | Fri-Sat 5.30pm-12.30pm
Phone: (03) 9388 1505