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Yakimono to open in late 2021

Yakimono, a contemporary high-energy, inner-city eating house is set to pen in late 2021, a collaboration between Chris Lucas and Chef Martin Benn.

Located at 80 Collins next door to the soon to open SOCIETY, Yakimono will offer a Japanese-style grill menu with a pared back, delicious and modernist take on Japanese inner city dining. Yakimono will combine adventurous and robust flavours in a high-energy environment.

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The name hints at the offering – the word ‘yaki’ means ‘grill’ in Japanese and ‘mono’ means ‘everything’. The menu will represent Martin and Chris’ shared love of Japan and focus heavily on cooking over charcoal. The food, while respecting age-old methods of cooking over fire, will also bring Martin’s creative ingenuity to ingredients and techniques.

The fitout takes cues from Chris’ favourite hangouts in the years he spent living in Japan. Set over two floors with a completely open kitchen at its heart, Martin’s deep connection with traditional Japanese cooking is re-interpreted at Yakimono, an energetic and vibrant all day, every day dining experience.