Tetsujin is a new Japanese concept restaurant located on the fourth floor of Emporium Melbourne. It’s a unique dining experience because it offers three different Japanese dining styles at the one venue. It boasts a sushi train, along with a barbeque restaurant and bar.
Tomohiro Suzuki, the executive chef and business partner, has created a menu which incorporates traditional Japanese classics with a contemporary interpretation. Patrons are able to select from Robata barbecue grills, Izakaya shared plates and from the Sushi Train.
Melbourne Girl was invited to dine in the barbeque restaurant. It has a “cook your own” concept, and the experience is a lot of fun. It involves a Robata grill set in the middle of the table, and you cook the meat yourself.
We sampled the Combo Set meal – a mix of LA Galbi, pork belly and chicken bulgogi served with edamame, rice, a kimchi tofu hot pot and assorted vegetables.
The flavours are amazing, and it’s well worth listening to the lovely staff recommendations about what to mix and match. They really know their stuff.
Tetsujin also has an impressive cocktail list, right down to a carved out watermelon cocktail.
The whole atmosphere is fantastic, from the staff to the quirky decor. Don’t be surprised to be greeted by a universal “irrashaimase” welcome – from staff as you walk in.
The restaurant really has two sides – the sushi train half reflects a calm and ordered world and the barbecue restaurant is a little bit of chaos.
Level 4 – Emporium Melbourne
best accessed from Caledonian Lane
295 Lonsdale Street
Mon to Thu 11:30am – 11:00pm
Fri to Sat 11:30am – 12:00am
Sun 11:30am – 11:00pm