Restaurant Guide

Minamishima: Restaurant review

It could be downtown Tokyo instead of backstreet Richmond. Despite its Antipodean location, Minamishima sticks to the sushi-temple script by playing hard to get in.


4 Lord St
Richmond, Melbourne, VIC


Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


Omakase menu $225

Is there a finer sushi-ya in Australia? This refined raw fish temple tucked into back-street Richmond takes the title of Australia's best thanks to the skills of owner-chef Koichi Minamishima, a man seemingly wedded to the mood-lit glossed wooden counter. The restaurant tables offer a wider array of hot dishes, but the 12 ringside seats are where you want to be, enjoying dinner and a show as Minamishima and his two offsiders deftly conjure a sushi parade that changes with impressive frequency. Each visit offers new revelations such as Hokkaido king crab enlivened with a squeeze of lime, miso-cured King George whiting on a raft of sushi rice or the textural wonder of mochi and seaweed anointed with bottarga. Opt for the specials – and we highly recommend you do – and the parade might be interrupted by just-seared Japanese wagyu sushi, or a fan of puffer fish sashimi to dip in ponzu sauce. Minamishima is an experience to commit to thoroughly, which also means putting yourself in the capable hands of sommelier Randolph Cheung, who has a captivating array of sake and an international cast of wines at his disposal.
(03) 9429 5180
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Wheelchair access
  • Private room
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Koichi Minamishima & Yoshiki Tano
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.