Japanese diner, Sake Restaurant and Bar, is preparing to open at Melbourne’s Flinders Lane, set to open in April.

The new venue will be the fifth in the Sake fold, with others located in Sydney’s The Rocks and Double Bay, Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier and Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

The Flinders Lane restaurant will include a huge interactive dining counter, live entertainers, a shochu library.

National Sak brand culinary director Stephane Chevet said the menu will bring an innovative and playful twist to the signature Sak style while also showcasing Victoria’s local produce.

“We’re looking at featuring dishes such as Nihon braised wagyu short ribs with seared foie gras, asparagus and caramelised onion; slow cooked abalone with garlic lemon soy and taro crunch; southern rock lobster sashimi with ito togarashi, hijiki, and ume neri glaze; and Himalayan salt-chilled seared snapper with karazumi, lemon oil and dry soy.”

Urban Purveyor Group, the restaurant group which operates Sake, is partnering Melissa Collison Design, which designed Sak Double Bay. The two storey restaurant at 121 Flinders Lane has street-level entry with a dramatic dining counter combining a sushi bar and robatayaki grill. A natural stone counter provides seating for more than 50 diners, while the level seats over 125.

The downstairs level boasts an expansive natural Japanese stone bar, as well as Melbourne’s largest selection of sak, shochu, Japanese whiskies and micro-brewed Japanese beers. This level also features a terrace that accommodates outdoor diners.

In addition to Flinders Lane, Sak Jr. a new concept for Urban Purveyor Group, is slated to open at 555 Bourke Street in May.

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