Look above the door and admire the Art Deco leadlight windows before you enter this cosy 24-seater (including room for eight at the bar) in the heart of Launceston.
Inside it’s light and fresh, with a seasonally changing menu that leans heavily towards Japanese fare and a communal table where you can meet the locals. For a quick, hearty meal there’s a choice of four ramen but if you want to string it out go for the chef’s tasting menu of house specialities, such as tempura asparagus with miso aïoli, pork crackle with kimchi salt and ocean trout sashimi with mandarin ponzu.
To drink, try a Pachinko Negroni made with Roku gin, yuzu vermouth and Okar amaro or wine by the glass, such as Luna Wines Field Blend or Two Tonne Tasmania Ziggurat pinot noir, both from the Tamar Valley. There may only be one dessert but who can say no to an ice-cream sandwich of matcha green tea parfait with berry and white chocolate ganache?
23 Quadrant Mall, Launceston; (03) 6778 9758; open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.