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Wabi Sabi Salon

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Address:
94 Smith Street,
Collingwood VIC 3066
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Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9417 6119
Cuisine
Cuisine: Japanese
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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Meeting at a point somewhere between Tokyo and Collingwood, eclectic fusion is the Wabi Sabi way at this exciting Japanese restaurant. A quirky, bohemian vibe finds its match in traditional Japanese cuisine here, with a menu replete with sushi, sashimi, ramen and a generous selection of sake, making Wabi Sabi perfect for a fun night out.

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Close to the corner of Gertrude Street, easily accessed via #86 tram.

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Quaint and eclectic, Wabi Sabi Salon embraces the Japanese aesthetic of the same name, which in essence celebrates the beauty of imperfection and the patina of age. It translates here as a quirky and bohemian Smith-Street-meets-funky-izakaya vibe that sees this space cluttered with all manner of furniture and collectibles. Choose the wide bamboo chairs in the main restaurant or enjoy a tete-a-tete on the upper mezzanine level or outside in the Japanese garden. The menu features both traditional and fusion cuisine, with a rustic edge and great flexibility that could see you enjoying Japanese-style “tapas” perched on the stools at the front with a cold Kirin or a more traditional hotpot with sake or plum wine.

The small back kitchen produces authentic and flavoursome food that is attractively presented the Wabi Sabi way on mismatched crockery. Start with eggplant with tempei and okura in ankake sauce or the crispy soft shell crab with sour yoghurt sauce. Mains include tofu dango; a boat filled with a colourful array of fried tofu balls, lotus root and vegetables in a thick seaweed stock, and the signature dish of broad bill tuna and seasonal vegetables delicately poached in a traditional broth. Fusion triumphs in a dessert of homemade green tea cheesecake with black sesame ice-cream; or try creme brulee with pear and mixed berries. The lunchtime bento boxes are also excellent value.

Angela Costanzo
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