Update from Lucas Group – Yakimono to open late 2021

Yakimono, a contemporary high-energy, inner-city eating house, is 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. Due to open late 2021, Yakimono will combine adventurous and robust flavours in a high-energy environment.
The name hints at the offering – the word ‘yaki’ means ‘grill’ in Japanese and ‘mono’ means ‘everything’. The menu will represent Chris and Martin’s 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 fit-out takes cues from Chris’s 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.


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