Niku Shiki

Melbourne Central's wagyu-centric venue operates as a sleek restaurant, takeaway joint, and in-house butcher and grocer all rolled into one.
Nishika Sharma
Published on April 30, 2024


Whether you're after top-quality hot pot, grab-and-go lunches, or meat and marinades galore, Elizabeth Street's three-in-one outpost has got you covered. Niku Shiki is a specialty wagyu house, wagyu butcher and takeaway restaurant all rolled into one, and it has opened a sibling CBD location to its OG Glen Waverley site.

Co-founded by Kai Gu and Executive Chef Yasuo Matsuike (ex-En Japanese Brasserie in New York and Nobu), the wagyu house's second outpost offers top-of-the-range cuts supplied by Pardoo Wagyu. Chef Ken Kee (ex-Shoya, Shira Nui and Head Chef of Marble Yakiniku) has designed the menu, curating a range of dishes starring wagyu sushi, quality cuts of meat, and Japanese classics like donburi and udon.

Wagyu from Niku Shiki.

With a texture-filled venue envisioned by Elvin Tan Designs, the atmosphere of Niku Shiki is intimate and inviting. Its black and gold theme, warm lighting and veined black marble — reminiscent of the pattern that you'll find on a slice of wagyu — add a touch of elegance.

Niku Shiki translates to "meat for all seasons", encouraging CBD-goers to enjoy its premium cuts all year round. For those on the go, takeaway is available for any of the restaurant's dishes, with a selection of grab-and-go sushi and sashimi taking centre stage.

niku shiki in Melbourne CBD

Or, you can opt to dine in at its sleek restaurant and enjoy wagyu sukiyaki hot pots, top-quality sushi and sashimi, donburi rice bowls and thick udon noodle dishes, all of which incorporate luxe ingredients like foie gras, caviar and truffle.

The in-house butcher and grocer slings a selection of wagyu cuts, from hot-pot meat, fillets and steaks to fresh fish with pre-made marinades, sake and specialty rice. Plus, you are also able to grab any cooking utensils you may need, including your own hibachi grill or hot pot.

niku shiki in Melbourne CBD


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