Rockpool Dining Group’s rapidly expanding Saké Jr has just seen a second venue open up for Melbourne, this time at St Collins Lane. The popular fast-casual spin off to Sake Restaurant & Bar debuted earlier this year as part of a larger expansion for Urban Purveyor Group (now Rockpool Dining Group following a merger with Neil Perry).
Opening this past week, the St Collins Lane venue operates similar to its predecessor at 555 Bourke Street, offering grab-and-go and build-your-own Korean and Japanese-inspired bowls with a plethora of options to focus on fully customised food.
As with the other venues, the new Saké Jr is celebrating their first few days by running a few giveaways. On the day of opening they handed out 500 free build-you-own bowls, and this coming Monday 19th December will see them offer complimentary Japanese fried chicken to the first 100 customers through the door from 6pm. The good vibes will continue on Tuesday where there will be 100 free bowls of noodles from 6pm.
Now that Neil Perry is in the picture as Group Head of Culinary, Saké Jr will also be touting some brand new dishes and grab-and-go items designed by the renowned chef in collaboration with Saké Jr’s chef. These new additions add to the range of sashimi salads, noodle salads and poke for breakfast and lunch while dinner extends with the aforementioned Japanese fried chicken with a choice of three dressings, as well as a selection of bao buns, and oil noodles featuring a choice of pork, chicken or tofu with either ramen or udon noodles.
“Abura is a cult dish in Tokyo at the moment. It’s a soupless, oil noodle dish, so perfect for our summer and really delicious”, said Perry. “A bowl of this, with a couple of beers, is a great dinner combination”.
Saké Jr St Collins Lane
Address: 258-274 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm lunch & dinner.