MELBOURNE | Tsubu is a Japanese style beer garden and dining room, offering Japanese food, sake, beer, wine and cocktails. It features a simple interior and a spacious, garden-like courtyard, in a somewhat secluded part of Melbourne University’s Parkville campus. It’s a well known haunt to students who study on campus, but is relatively unknown to those who otherwise wouldn’t have a reason to visit the university campus. Indeed Tsubu was an unknown venue to us until we discovered that it has a secret. That secret is that it’s a fantastic craft beer venue.
Across Tsubu’s taps and bottle list you’ll find an assortment of local and Japanese craft beers, including many that aren’t often found too easily in Melbourne. Beers like Koshihikari Echigo, Kirin Ichiban Shibori, and Ginga Kogen Silver can be found along with brews like the Quite Deeds Pale and 4 Pines Summer Ale. The taps, which are constantly rotating, also feature one-off special beers. Recently Tsubu poured a Yuzu IPA that they brewed in collaboration with 4 Pines that you could only find at Tsubu (and 4 Pines’ brewery bar in Sydney). Being located on a university campus means that there’s always something affordable, but still great quality, on tap too.
The short wine list features mostly local wines, with a few New Zealand and Italian wines making an appearance, while the sake list features a range of drops from dry to sweet, and clear to milky.
Food wise Tsubu offers a small menu that’s about simple Japanese dishes from across the country, with a leaning towards the comforting end of the scale. Things like sushi, gyoza, okonomiyaki, Japanese beef curry, and cured salmon provide enough variety and there are a few options for those wanting something vegetarian/vegan/gluten free too.
Gate 6, Building 1888
The University of Melbourne
Telephone: (03) 9035 3410
E-mail: [email protected]
Mon – Fri: 10:00am to 7:00pm