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If you’re after some of the best tempura in Adelaide, look no further than Akimitsu. Serving delicious and authentic Japanese cooking straight from the land of the rising sun including donburi, noodle and rice dishes. However, the real star of the show is their crispy and award-winning tempura, bringing the deep-fried seafood goodness with the highest quality local ingredients. The interior, decorated in timber paneling and an open kitchen, is reminiscent of many tempura bars across Japan, letting you experience both the flavours and feeling of Japan in Adelaide at Akimitsu!

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Shop2/62-68 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA 5000

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Ramen & Izakaya Himeji

Slurp up some noodles at Ramn & Izakaya Himeji, one of the best Japanese restaurants in Adelaide. Famed for their ramen, this eatery blends izakaya style cooking with traditional Japanese cuisine. Bringing you all the Japanese flavours and dishes one could hope for, their soul-satisfying ramen bowls are a standout. Think simmering soup, a variety of noodles, and high-quality ingredients that add a little extra oomph to your dinner. So park yourself at Ramen & Izakaya Himeji and slurp some of the most wholesome ramen.

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22 Grote St, Adelaide, SA 5000

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What does it take to be one of Adelaide’s best Japanese restaurants? For Shobosho it’s the smoke, the fire, the steam and the grill. This Japanese eatery serves a specialty char-grilled meats and vegetables for their succulent Japanese dishes. Think Katsu King George Whiting and Spit Roast Teriyaki Chicken. Operating seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Shobosho also houses a traditional spin-off yakitori bar, ShoSho, that serves charcoal-grilled sticks. Regardless, this award-winning dining experience is perfect for any Adelaideans looking wanting to try gourmet Japanese cooking at its finest.

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17 Leigh St, Adelaide, SA 5000

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ShoSho in Hyde Park knows that no meal is truly complete without a great drink. Inspired by Japanese izakaya eateries, this Japanese restaurant in Adelaide’s CBD focuses on an informal and intimate dining experience around snacks and drinks. Specialising in crunchy tempura, enjoy a constantly changing menu and imported Japanese beers with friends and colleagues for the perfect after work drinks. So book a booth at one of the best Japanese restaurants in Adelaide for a night of quick bites and wholesome laughs!

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164 King William Rd, Hyde Park, SA 5061

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Sushi and booze. What more could you want? Welcome to Umaii, one of the best Japanese restaurants in Adelaide! Hanging off Currie Street, Umaii focuses on offering the best sustainably sourced and expertly prepared sushi to Adelaide. Using only the freshest local and internationally sourced produce, Umaii is more than proud of their ocean to plate stance. Inside this cool eatery you’ll find 80s Japanese decor housed in pops of timber accents. An izakaya, a restaurant, a bar and, most of all, a must visit in 2024!

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27 Currie St, Adelaide, SA 5000

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On a small side street in Adelaide’s Chinatown lies one of the best sushi restaurants in Adelaide. Open Tuesday till Saturday, Wasai specialises in delicious sushi and sashimi platters, serving you all the raw fish and vinegar rice you could want. Their signature sushi boat is a decadent delight, treating you the chef’s selection of sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri. And, with plenty of Japanese staples including katsu curry and karaage, you’ll never leave hungry at Wasai.

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9/15 Field St, Adelaide, SA 5000

This article was first published on June 15 2023. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on April 04 2024.