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Ocha 3 Church Street Hawthorn VIC 3122 (03) 9853 6002
Celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday 11th May and enjoy 10 course degustation lunch!
Call us on 03 9853 6002 to reserve a table as there are only a few left.
The Age Good Food Guide Single Hat 1998 - 2011
The Age Good Food Guide
“If you want a little lesson in the importance of texture and freshness in cooking, go to Ocha.”
Stephen Downes
Herald Sun 2010
“Traditional techniques are combined with playful imaginative touches to create tastes and textures both approachable and memorable.”
The Age Good Food Guide Single Hat 1998 - 2011
The Age Good Food Guide
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At Ocha we focus on the important things in life – family, friends and the domestic theatre of great food. For more than 16 years we have been tempting Melburnians with contemporary Japanese flavours meticulously prepared from the freshest ingredients. Our menu encourages shared dining whereby traditional techniques are combined with playful imaginative touches to create tastes and textures both approachable and memorable. Our dining room is an understated affair – pared back and relaxed to let the food (and our gorgeous staff) – shine.

All you have to do to become a part of the convivial Ocha experience is make a booking.

Welcome to the Ocha family. Itadakimasu.

Here to serve you… Joining owners Michelle Rogerson and Yasu Yoshida, the Ocha team is a small, tight-knit bunch, dedicated to attentive service but equally ready to share a story and a smile.

From humble beginnings… Back in the mists of time – 1994 – a small restaurant opened in Kew with the express aim of bringing superbly crafted Japanese food to an Australian audience. Here, in a tiny converted butcher’s shop that barely seated 30 people, Ocha was born. The toilets were outside and elbows were kept tucked in, but this unassuming little star was on the rise. It wasn’t long before this suburban restaurant captured the hearts and taste buds of the locals (and interlopers from all over Melbourne!) and quickly built a fiercely loyal customer base.

Fast-forward to 2010 and Michelle and Yasu reluctantly decided it really was time for a few more seats and Ocha relocated down the road to the refurbished Bee Hive complex in Hawthorn. Now all grown up (and boasting amenities) the new dining space maintains the familiar friendly feel of the original with just a little more leg room.

Plum wine jelly
Sake and edamame

Recreate your Ocha experience at home with our range of dressings and sauces, as we welcome our newest additionthe Yuzu dressing.

Ocha gift vouchers are also available.

Kew Friendly Supermarket
Leo's Fine Food & Wines
Oyster dressing
Sushi soy sauce
Japanese salad dressing
Yuzu dressing
Ponzu sauce
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday
12.00 - 2.30
Tuesday - Saturday
6.00 - Late
Reservations are essential and can be made up to three months in advance. Give our friendly team a call to secure your table. Our phone line is often busy, so please be patient or book online Lunch (Tuesday to Friday) or Dinner (Tuesday and Wednesday - there are two seatings 6 - 7.45pm and from 8pm onwards).
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Fully licensed
B.Y.O. (Wine only)
Gluten-free options
Vegetarian options
Takeaway available
Degustation menu (last Monday of every month).
Wheelchair accessible (Ramps and amenities)
All major credits cards accepted (NO EFTPOS)
We would love to accommodate your next private function, depending on availability (maximum capacity 70 people). Please call Paul, Sue or Michelle to discuss your requirements.
Left Crunchy prawn dumplings
Right Sushi
Left Warm calamari salad
Right Crispy skin salmon
Left Teriyaki duck
Right Nabeyaki udon
Left Wasabi beef
Right Tofu age
Left Daikon salad
Right Yakiniku
Left Winter pavlova
Right top Dining room
Right bottom Bar