My Melbourne these days is surprisingly Japanese, or at least it was on this trip. My friends Hiro and Maiko came down (from Sydney and Tokyo, respectively) and I caught up with Keita, Hitomi and some other Oz friends that I know from back in Japan.
I wanted to try an izakaya called Maedaya, above, on Bridge Road for its funky rope interior but unfortunately the food, though OK, did not match the decoration. I think its more a drinking place really – the selection of sakes, umeshu and shochus was pretty impressive.
I also paid a visit to the Japanese bathhouse in Collingwood, with its restful tatami rooms, and real, very-Japanese feeling piping hot communal tub ( complete with numerous, very un-Japanese signs, warning against any “innappropriate behaviour”.)
I wanted to go to Daiso too to buy some Gatsby Ice wipes for sticky Southeast Asia, but I didn’t have the time.