Tokyo Tina's new private dining room is primed for post-lockdown celebrations

Inspired by vintage Japanese train carriages and kitted out with karaoke, Tokyo Private is ready for Melbourne's summer ...
Inspired by vintage Japanese train carriages and kitted out with karaoke, Tokyo Private is ready for Melbourne's summer of fun. Photo: Parker Blain

Lively Japanese diner Tokyo Tina is gearing up for Melbourne's reopening, adding a 28-person private dining room that features karaoke, a 6.5 metre timber burl table and interiors inspired by a vintage Japanese train carriage.

"It's Tokyo Tina on steroids," says co-owner and creative director Simon Blacher.

The space can be booked for a minimum of 14 people, with no reservation time limits, allowing for long lunches and late ...
The space can be booked for a minimum of 14 people, with no reservation time limits, allowing for long lunches and late nights. Photo: Space Between

With a separate identity and entrance to Tokyo Tina, Blacher and his team hope that Tokyo Private will be a destination in its own right.

Exclusive items like umeboshi-glazed duck and soy-marinated devilled eggs with spanner crab and avocado mousse join familiar Tina dishes. There's also castella cake, an ultra-light honey sponge cake, that comes with whisky creme and soy caramel. Those taking festivities up a notch can add caviar bumps and sake, or platters of oysters, sashimi and scallops.

Japanese beer and whisky sit alongside local names, while the wine list is an approachable line-up of mostly Australian riesling, pinot grigio and familiar reds. Negronis featuring shochu, martinis made with sake and a yuzu, mint and gin cocktail are all offered on arrival.

The new venue occupies what was previously the office of Tokyo Tina's owners, Commune Group, with the conversion into a 1970s-inspired dining room taking two years from planning through to final build. The fit-out features fabric-draped walls, minimalist aluminum blinds, splashes of burgundy and wooden ceiling beams to create a cosy, enveloping atmosphere.

But Tokyo Private's most appealing feature might be the unlimited dining times, a true luxury in these times. We're predicting the summer of the long lunch.

Minimum booking size is 14 people, with maximum capacity of 28. Reserve via tokyotina@communegroup.com.au or 03 9525 2774.

66A Chapel Street, Windsor, tokyotina.com.au