MELBOURNE | Nestled on Bray Street, off Chapel Street in South Yarra, Bosozoku is a hidden sake and burger den in the heart of Melbourne. The only Japanese Biker Gang themed bar in Melbourne, with its edgy vibe, tables made out of tyres and motorbike chairs, this is the place to head to for a night out with a twist. We were invited to see what it was all about, and decided to see for ourselves.
Owners Dan Hansen and Craig Kellerman (the brains behind popular ramen spot Yoko Ono), along with former chef Tomoya Kawasaki of Wabi Sabi, bring Japanese fusion flavours to life at Bosozoku, creating something very unique. Sit down around the fire pit, take in the interesting ambiance and go up to the bar and order with the attentive staff.
With something for everyone, a karaoke bar, sake stations, pool tables and even a dry ice spa, not only does this venue have a great vibe, the food is also a must try. Enjoy a generously sized Japanese inspired burger on a brightly coloured green tea, charcoal or beetroot bun full of fresh fillings like tonkatsu miso, crumbed swordfish, wagyu beer, and lobster. Sides include things like chicken karage, katsu curry fries and drunken gyoza. We recommend going for a Bento Burger Box – choose your preferred burger, black rice or a bun and edamame, fries and a Japanese salad.
While playing Mario Kart on Nintendo 64 in a private room, take a look at Bosozoku’s cocktail list which includes things like alcoholic bubble cups, matcha martinis, and sake espresso martinis. If it’s beer you’re after, there’s Asahi Super Dry and Black, and Mountain Goat Steam Ale on tap, along with a few bottles from breweries like Coedo in the fridges. A small wine and spirits selection rounds things off. To end the night on a high, Bosozoku’s desserts Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake and the Pinky Finger Deep Fried Ice cream are a good choice. Be sure to visit and even pat Bosozoku’s very own friendly dog, Chaos.
Overall we enjoyed the food and drinks we tried here and love the fun, exciting vibe of Bosozoku.
Editor’s Comment: One thing we’d be remiss not to mention is the “miso horny” text on Bosozoku’s menu, website, and social media – it’s 2017 and time to move on from lazy, culturally insensitive stereotypes. It adds nothing to the food or dining experience so ditch it.
34A Bray St
Telephone: (03) 9827 1864
Sun – Thu: 5:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am