Maedaya offers one of the most authentic izakaya experiences outside of Japan. Use touch screen menus to select sake tasting sets or some of the house specialties like matcha beer! Sushi and sashimi are also on offer, but you definitely can’t go past the grilled skewers and tapas style dishes which really give Maeadaya its izakaya character. A short tram ride from Melbourne’s CBD, Maedaya is hidden in plain sight and a favourite amongst locals.
Great for big groups and catch ups with old friends, Maedaya is great for share style dining. With personal booths also available, small groups can dine intimately as if they have the whole restaurant to themselves in Japanese style private rooms.
Ask for Sake Master Toshi to run you through the drinks on the menu to help you find one you’ll keep asking for more of. He’s truly a master and will not only educate you but also entertain you with his knowledge, trivia, and personality.
Name: Sake Master Toshi
Country of origin: Japan
Toshi-san is a certified Sake Master from authentic Japanese sake brewerys like Kizakura and Asabiraki. Toshi-san says he’s on a mission to spread Japanese sake to Australians, and his passion stems from the rich sake culture that he grew up with in Japan. He believes that if wine-loving Australians knew the ins-and-outs of the flavours and depth of sake, they would definitely love it, too.
Currently, he runs Sake Training and Sake Master Classes at Maedaya, focusing on teaching patrons how to match sake to their dining experiences so they can enjoy the full richness of washoku.
At Maedaya, other than Japanese Sake, there are over 300 types of alcohol making it a true Izakaya that is a must-visit. Maedaya wishes all of its patrons a carefree night of good food and drink!
Chef Nakamoto entered the world of cooking when he was just 18 years old.
Washoku Lovers caught up with him at his restaurant, Maedaya in Richmond, Victoria, to see what gives him passion… READ FULL INTERVIEW