Owner/chef Shigeo Yoshihara moved from Osaka to Australia in 2004, and he brings more than two decades of culinary experience to the dishes at Tempura Hajime. One of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, it is a quiet oasis with only 12 seats. They are arranged in a semicircle overlooking two cooking stations, where disciplined and precise chefs serve up delicacies to an appreciative clientele.
Keeping with the restaurant’s name, tempura is the hero here – but there are many other choices, too. Hajime bento contains a range of very tasty bites, and is a great introduction to the dishes at Tempura Hajime. The excellent sashimi and sushi is obviously made with love and attention to detail. Ten-don comprises vegetable and seafood tempura, with each element being light, delicate and fresh. The tempura is served on well-cooked rice, with flavoursome teriyaki sauce.
PSST! You can hold an intimate function at Tempura Hajime, and Chef Yoshihara will prepare a customised menu for the event.