Aka Siro

106 Cambridge Street Collingwood, Victoria 3066

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Opening hours L Wed-Sun; D Thu-Sat
Features Licensed
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.