Japanese Restaurants in Canberra

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Japan is well-known for its delicious and distinctive food. However, the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of Japanese cuisine is fish and rice. There is much more to Japanese food than Sushi & Sashimi. If you want to taste the finest of Japan’s rich Washoku food culture right here in Canberra, you’re at the right place. Let’s take a look at the best Japanese restaurants in the bush capital.

Mr. Shabu Shabu

Mr. Shabu-Shabu, located on the outskirts of the ANU campus in Acton, is a renowned Japanese restaurant where quality overcomes quantity, and guests can expect a great and reasonably priced lunch. Shabu shabu (Japanese hotpot), as the name indicates, is a characteristic meal for large groups here and comes in a variety of flavors. Try the don set or curry tonkatsu for a filling lunch.

  • Shop 6/35 Childers St, Canberra
  • Phone: +61 2 6169 6274


Akiba is a lively, vibrant, and exquisite Japanese dining experience in the centre of Canberra. Their inventive cuisine features several varieties of Asian BBQ, raw bar, and contemporary Dim Sum. Strap yourself in for an unforgettable experience as you see your cuisine being cooked over real wood and charcoal fire. I recommend that you come in a group and purchase share plates so that you can try practically everything! They have amazing cocktails as well!

Ka Sushi Ramen

If you’re looking for authentic Japanese ramen and a classy atmosphere to relax in – Ka Sushi Ramen is the place to be. The menu is economically priced, and I found that the staff was really friendly. Not to mention Ka Sushi Ramen offers take-out so you can enjoy your food on the go. Ka Sushi Ramen prepares noodle soups, sushi rolls, and sashimi in a simple dining area with wooden seats. It’s a great spot for a quick supper with friendly service. Tonkatsu broth is just one of the many international cuisine specialities at Ka Sushi Ramen. The chef has his own secret recipe and utilizes only chosen pork bones and fresh veggies to cook the broth for more than 10 hours until it becomes a thick milky color; the soup is also high in collagen.

  • 3/121 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra
  • Phone: +61 2 6247 1477

Pepper Lunch

Pepper Lunch on Bunda Street is located in the heart of Canberra’s numerous organized, sculptured boulevards. A modest facade leads to a cozy brick and wood-paneled interior with a stone-tiled bar, light wooden separators, and lifelike artificial grass.

The notion of Pepper Lunch, which originated in Japan, is that the plate itself is the grill, and the diner is the chef, stirring and frying up Asian-style cuisine while also handling sauces and spices.

Begin with prawn salted egg, Pepper rice before slicing into quality steaks, such as wild Wagyu or rib eye, with Pepper salad and rice; maybe a sizzling curry, such as chicken karaage, entices, while pasta aficionados twist a fork around kale, spinach, and mushrooms.