Sake brewers to open Eazy Peazy in Richmond

Eazy Peazy sous chef Ella Cooper, owners Yuta and Shar Kobayashi and head chef Dan Chan.
Eazy Peazy sous chef Ella Cooper, owners Yuta and Shar Kobayashi and head chef Dan Chan. 

The couple behind sake brewers Toji Sake are set to open a Japanese restaurant and bar in Richmond on July 4.

Yuta and Sharlyn Kobayashi, one-time owners of Armadale's Coin Laundry cafe, have dubbed Eazy Peazy the "cheeky younger sibling" of Toji Sake. "We want it to be playful, for there to be an element of fun," says Yuta.

Occupying a former Swan Street newsagency, the 100-seat restaurant will specialise in hibachi grilling.

Chef Dan Chan, formerly of Hong Kong yakitori restaurant Yardbird (also ex Cutler & Co, Supernormal and Cumulus Inc.) has built a menu around the hibachi – beautiful cuts of wagyu steak, whole chickens broken down into various parts for yakitori, and vegetables such as okra or mushrooms.

There will also be dishes such as the savoury Japanese pancake okonomiyaki, along with raw dishes such as kingfish with ponzu dressing.

To drink, expect sake by Toji Sake, wine from producers around Australia, Japanese and Australian craft beers, and cocktails with a fun Japanese spin.

Carr Design (responsible for Jackalope Mornington Peninsula and the renovation of Ezard, among others) is creating an interior with a huge concrete bar, banquette seating and a large window looking directly onto the kitchen's hibachi station.

Eazy Peazy will be open Monday to Wednesday from 5.30pm-late and Thursday to Sunday from noon-late from July 4.

108 Swan Street, Richmond, eazypeazymelb.com