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The dramatic transformation that occurs as you step from hectic Lygon Street into the upholstered serenity of Kazuki's is one of Melbourne's great dining overtures.
Kazuki's in Carlton, Melbourne
121 Lygon St, Carlton


Looks like Lygon Street got the memo that it was time for a change. Kazuki Tsuya raised eyebrows when he planted his Franco-Japanese flag on the strip six years ago, but his self-described “slow restaurant on a fast street” has led a renaissance. His aesthete’s vision approximates Zen with treacle-coloured carpet and moody grey walls and continues the refinement across five- or seven-course set menus posing for their close-up on bespoke ceramics. The union of French technique and Japanese sensibilities finds the delicacy in ingredients like tamarind, galangal and finger lime. Surprises are delivered with a steady hand – puffed quinoa bringing toasty crunch to a jewel-like tranche of raw tuna with a shiso hit; lotus root layered, Miró-like, on miso-spiked toothfish. It’s a singular experience, grounded in the verities of snowy white linen and scarily delicate stemware, with a standout wine and sake list rounding out a reliably noteworthy meal.




121 Lygon St, Carlton

(03) 9349 2223

Open Lunch Fri & Sun; Dinner Wed-Sat

Chef Kazuki Tsuya

Price guide $$$

Bookings Recommended

Wheelchair access Yes

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121 Lygon St, Carlton
Kazuki Tsuya
Price Guide
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Fri & Sun; Dinner Wed-Sat

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