Blame it on the killer DJ line-up (there's a DJ booth in the downstairs dining area), the three-star Michelin chef or the incredible drinks list, but Saké Flinders Lane could just be the best one yet. With dishes unique to the Flinders Lane site, including Japanese staple yakitori, and the largest range of umeshu, sake and Japanese whiskey of all Saké establishments, the new restaurant isn't about to blend in with the pack.
Chef Jean Paul Lourdes, who's worked in Michelin-starred eateries across Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo before settling in Melbourne, makes the tofu, togarashi and furikake spice mix in house, plus the miso paste, which takes six months to make. The soy sauce and salts are house-smoked, and the drinks list includes house-made shochu infusions, including jalapeno and lemon, shiso and cucumber and lemongrass and ginger.
Speaking of shochu, there's even a dedicated library in the downstairs bar that's home not to books, but 80 urns filled with the traditional distilled spirit. The cocktails list also includes a shiitake-infused Hakushu single malt and for sweet tooths, the cheesecake martini of Appleton VX Jamaican rum, yuzu juice, marscapone and blueberries.
The restaurant is open until 2am from Thursday to Saturday, with the bar staying open until 3am on those nights. Visit Saké Flinders Lane, 121 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC.