A new and relaxed large Japanese restaurant with excellent food and a huge selection of 80+ different sake, a rice-based alcoholic beverage. It is designed as a popular modern eating place, with long communal tables, four-person booths, tables for two and a mezzanine. Most of the guests early in the evening mid-week seemed to be young people, probably a reflection of the large number of apartments nearby. We chose to splurge and had the AU$90 each degustation menu, wine or sake not included, and we tried three different sake by the glass. There were no language problems. Our principal waiter happened to be an enthusiastic young Czech Australian, very knowledgeable about Japanese food and sake. The service was excellent. Ask for a booth if you want a quieter experience. The restaurant had a great buzz but would get noisy at times. Modern design with lots of hard surfaces! East Brunswick is off the beaten track for tourists but easily reached by tram from Swanston Street in the city centre. Kumo Izakaya is at 152 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, NOT in Carlton, no parking restrictions after 6 pm. on the restaurant side of the street. A short walk from the traffic light intersection of Lygon Street and Edward Street, East Brunswick. Currently open in the evening only.
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