MELBOURNE | Just when we think they couldn’t add anything more to Melbourne’s Emporium centre, we get Tetsujin. Situated on level 4 just down the hall from Din Tai Fung, The City Lane were invited to visit as Tetsujin took off the wrapping.
(Very) roughly translated from Japanese to be ‘Iron Man’ (no link to the comic/film series), Tetsujin is a sushi and Japanese barbecue restaurant that aims to offer two very different sides of the same coin. While entering from the shopping centre entrance will take you to what looks to be a very robust and stylish sushi train (it wasn’t yet up and running when we attended, sadly), entering via the escalator near Little Bourke Street takes you instead to a more relaxed area offering high tables and amazing views of the city below. It’s an approach that owner David Loh (ShopHouse Kitchen, Dessert Story, Rice Workshop, Food Republik, Yokozuna) is calling order and chaos.
As it was a preview, we didn’t get a chance to explore what the Tetsujin menu had to offer, but here is a bit of a breakdown of what was on offer on the night and what you can hopefully expect if you make it there.
Although coming from a more manual sushi train, this was every bit the highlight of the night.
It’s a little messier than your usual sushi, so be sure to have napkins standing by, but really for one of these, i’ll take all the mess in the world.
Tetsujin is yet another addition to Emporium’s already impressive selection of food establishments, and a lot of care has been taken here. It’s too early to tell if this will be your next great sushi destination, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it.
Level 4 Emporium Melbourne
295 Lonsdale Street
Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Sushi Train closes at 9:30pm