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Tokyo Motto

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  • Melbourne
  1. Bowl of miso ramen with soft serve.
    Photograph: Arianna Leggiero
  2. Diners in a Japanese eatery enjoying food and drinks in booths.
    Photograph: Arianna Leggiero
  3. A bowl of omurice with pork katsu and golden curry sauce.
    Photograph: Arianna Leggiero
  4. Pair of diners with chopsticks sharing a bowl of Japanese street food.
    Photograph: Arianna Leggiero

Time Out says

A hot new Japanese eatery in the CBD is getting tongues wagging with its cheap-as-chips omurice, spicy miso ramen and late-night izakaya eats

Ever wanted to find out what spicy ramen tastes like with vanilla soft serve? Nope, us neither – but renowned pastry chef and restaurateur Spring Chee (Le Mille Creperie, Sugar Labo) certainly did and she discovered on a recent trip to Japan that it was dang delicious. During her travels, Chee also unveiled the secrets to creating perfect Japanese tornado omelettes – otherwise known as omurice – and luckily for us, she's dishing it up for just $12.50 at her new eatery and late-night izakaya in the CBD, Tokyo Motto. 

Tokyo Motto aims to bring the best of Japan's casual dining culture to a buzzing diner in Midcity Centre on Bourke Street. Over lunch, the eatery is serving up its signature Japanese curry made from Chee's secret 'Golden' sauce infused with stone fruits and fresh bee honey.

You can also expect bowlfuls of slurp-worthy ramen with a diverse range of toppings (including the aforementioned soft serve), with the spicy version hot enough to make you reach for an ice-cold beer, and the thick, juicy katsu of your wildest meat-lovin' dreams. Inspired by some of Japan's most fastidious chefs, Tokyo Motto gives the pork the sous-vide treatment for 24 hours to create a super succulent bite that's addictive.

After dark from 9pm, Tokyo Motto transforms into a late-night izakaya serving up bar snacks, crispy fried chicken and rivers of free-flowing sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails.

Is your mouth watering yet? Feast your eyes on Chee's menu items over at Tokyo Motto's Instagram. Walk-ins are accepted daily, from noon until late. 

Still hungry? Check out the best Japanese restaurants and sushi trains in Melbourne.

Lauren Dinse
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Lauren Dinse


Shop 23 and 23A, Midcity Centre, 200 Bourke Street
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Opening hours:
Mon-Thu noon-11pm; Fri-Sun noon-1am
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