Melbourne, Australia

Look outside and you’re in a Richmond backstreet; take a bite and you’re transported to Tokyo – therein lies chef Koichi Minamishima’s magic. Having scaled Japan’s strictly hierarchical restaurant scene, the chef’s ‘shokunin’ philosophy – a constant pursuit of perfection – led him to Australia, where he opened this temple to all things sushi in 2014. Aim for one of 12 ringside seats at the glossy wooden counter to watch the maestro in action, and savour the likes of seared wagyu nigiri, Hokkaido king crab with lime, and buttery flounder fin. Meanwhile, sommelier Randolph Cheung has your sake and wine pairings covered.

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4 Lord Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC 3121