Smith St on the border of Fitzroy and Collingwood has seen an increase in Japanese eateries in the past couple of years. As I noted in a recent post about the decline in Indian restaurants in the area, Japanese is becoming a far more popular cuisine.
Hanabi Sushi, Shop Ramen and Hinoki Pantry have all opened on Smith St recently, and Teriyaki Anarchy Sake, Momo Sushi, Aka Siro, Mina No Ie and Pabu all opened in the past year or so. Smith St veterans include Wabi Sabi, Cocoro, Peko Peko, Wood Spoon Kitchen and Shoubu.
What are the factors that contribute to the evident appeal of Japanese food? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this, and to start the conversation Perhaps the most obvious explanation is that many of the Japanese restaurants in the area are inexpensive and appeal to younger, less affluent eaters who are attracted to the area. Another is the emergence of westernised / Japanese influenced places like Cibi and Teriyaki Anarchy Sake.