106 Cambridge Street Collingwood, Victoria 3066
|Opening hours||L Wed-Sun; D Thu-Sat|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Payments||eftpos, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||03 9417 0886|
It must be blossom season in Collingwood, with countless back streets flowering with quirky Japanese cafes. This bright, woody outing is no exception. Idiosyncratic touches abound - $3 special plates are hand-scrawled on a teapot lid, the lemonade is a home concoction, and the tenth of each month is pork tonkatsu day. Meals might come with a crisp cabbage salad topped with a signature carrot relish, or feature Hungarian sausage in a sweet sauce glaze. Even the standard miso soup contains thin shards of almost translucent daikon in its cloudy depths. No wonder the staff are perpetually beaming: it’s always springtime here.