Creators behind Toji Sake open their new Japanese restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Featuring their signature sake, minimalistic décor and an authentic menu, Eazy Peazy is the stop for your next dinner date.
Stylized as “EzPz”, owners Sharlyn and Yuta Kobayashi combine what they consider the two sides of Japan: simplistic, yet manic. The simplistic side can be seen the moment you walk into the restaurant; beige, white, dark grey, and wood greet you. Carr Design takes the white Shibuya-inspired lines from the Toji bottle and incorporates them into the lighting. While walking to the back of the restaurant, you’re given a show in the form of a Japanese movie projected onto the wall – this is a metaphor for the calmness and bustle of Tokyo coming together as one.
The same level of care and symbolism is put into the interior of Eazy Peazy that was put into the design of the Toji Sake bottles and branding. The scraped concrete walls are reminiscent of the rice-raking process done to create sake. The Asahi Mountain range is paid homage to thanks to the snow-white ceilings and the aquariums filled with sand found throughout. Enjoy your dinner with friends on the grey cushioned benches aligning across each table, or find comfort at the concrete-slab bar to enjoy a bottle of sake or a specialty cocktail.
Former chef of Yardbird, Dan Chan, brings with him his classic Yuba Gyoza recipe. Enjoy raw kingfish with wasabi or pickled daikon from the “Small Stuff” menu. There is also a Yakitori menu that contains hits such as wings with yuzu spice, or thigh skewers and leek. If dinner isn’t doable for you, perhaps take your lunch break here instead and enjoy some chicken ramen.
The time, care, and minimalistic ideals that were placed into the creation of Toji Sake can be easily seen within the restaurant as well. Sharlyn and Yuta Kobayashi continue to impress with combining Japanese traditions with Australian culture, and Eazy Peazy is no exception.