The Age Good Food Guide
One chef’s Hat 2018
One chef’s Hat 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
2018 The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide – One Chef’s Hat
2015 The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide – One Chef’s Hat
2014 The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide – One Chef’s Hat
2013 The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide – One Chef’s Hat
2012 The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide – One Chef’s Hat
Gault & Millau
2018 – 2 Chef Hats
“Owner/chef Shigeo Yoshihara moved from Osaka to Australia in 2004, and he brings more than two decades of culinary experience to the dishes at Tempura Hajime. One of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, it is a quiet oasis with only 12 seats. They are arranged in a semicircle overlooking two cooking stations where disciplined and precise chefs serve up delecasies to an appreciative clientelle.”
2017 – 2 Chef Hats
“Shigeo Yoshihara is both the owner of and the Head Chef at this incredibly authentic establishment offering classic Japanese fare.
The menu is driven by the ingredients and the skill of Chef Yoshihara, who cooks right in front of diners. The dining room seats only 12 people, so the atmosphere is intimate and special. Diners sit in a semicircle around the open kitchen, and there is little in the way of room decoration to distract diners from the culinary theartre in front of them.
“The dishes showcase the finest tempura skills and interesting ingredients…”
2016 – 2 Chef Hats
“Born in Osaka and with two decades of experience, Shigeo Yoshihara brings a touch of authentic Japan to Melbourne…taking the freshest of produce and cooking it to perfection right before your eyes.”
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