Hokuto Japanese Cafe brings the 'spirit of Tokyo' to your lunchtime. This to say: this cafe has a fast, breezy, no frills vibe. So, while true lengthy, long, and considered dining is perhaps best elsewhere - this place is perfect for a quick lunch time meal.
Getting to Hokuto is easy with a number of options. Alongside being just a 2 minute walk from Melbourne Central, there is a tram stop just outside the front door. Further, with RMIT University just across the road, students make up a sizeable population of customers at any given time. Yet, while not everyone may be overjoyed to visit a 'student restaurant' this actually just adds to the vibe of the place with a real sense of energy and bustle about it.
In keeping with this spirit, the menu is straightforward and simple with a sushi bar and a number of Don [bowl] options: Terriyaki, Curry Beef, Chicken Katsu and Niku forming the main draws. While true Hokuto Japanese Cafe is not the only place in Melbourne to list such dishes - and friends shall surely differ about where to find 'the best' curry udon in town - when pressed for time before a next class or meeting - HJC's offerings close by can become very valued.
Hokuto, a solid spot for a midday visit or even a quick pitstop for some sushi to munch before visiting RMIT Gallery just across the road.