Welcome to Kumo Izakaya, Melbourne's foremost location for Japanese sake, food and culture. An eating place, a drinking place, a meeting place, Kumo is more than a restaurant and bar.

We serve "Izakaya" style Japanese food, it's closest comparison is Spanish tapas. Lots of smaller dishes to share, meaning you get to try many different tastes as opposed to locking yourself into the traditional western style dining of "entree, mains and dessert".

At Kumo Izakaya, you will find a varied and extensive range of local and imported wine, spirits, sake, shochu, umeshu and beer. Our in-house wine and sake experts will be on hand to offer recommendations and information. Enjoy a range of small gourmet izakaya-style platters between friends while opening up a bottle of wine or sake to match, or sip a house signature cocktail or fine Japanese whisky at the bar.

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Meet our Head Chefs

18 September 2012 ~ News

At Kumo we love to go against the grain. Most kitchens in Melbourne have a bloke calling the pass (and the shots), but in our kitchen with six women to one man we are definately run on girl power!

Kumo Head Chefs Akimi Iguchi and Eriko Hamabe bring boundless passion, skill and expertise to our menu and we'd like to take this oppurtunity to introduce them


Akimi Iguchi
Head Chef

Akimi's passion for food and cuisine stems from a childhood love for cooking. Originally from Sapporo, Akimi brings exquisite skills to the Kumo kitchen having trained in many top Japanese kitchens. Her knowledge of Japanese flavours and technical skills was mastered in Japan and has been applied in Melbourne's Yu-U and Bar Lourinha.


Eriko Hamabe
Head Chef

Originally from Osaka, Eriko trained to be a chef at William Angliss in Melbourne and worked the kitchens of Kobe Jones and the Royal George Hotel. Taking family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, Eriko mixes her Japanese roots with her Western training to offer Kumo Izakaya a unique take on izakaya cuisine.



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