Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Tokyo Canteen, Kingston

Home > Canberra > Cafes | Brunch | Cafes | Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Lunch
by Heidi Cee (subscribe)
Explore the food, sights and events of Canberra and the surrounding regions with me. To see what I've been up to, I'm on Instagram @heids_c
Published February 14th 2021
Breakfast - the most important meal all day at Tokyo Canteen
Tokyo Canteen, Tokyo Canteen Kingston, Japanese restaurants in Canberra, japanese food canberra, Japanese brunch canberra, Japanese breakfast canberra, where to eat in Kingston
Agedashi tofu at Tokyo Canteen


Tokyo Canteen is a modern, light-filled restaurant offering a welcome a breath of fresh air on the Canberra food scene. Located in the new mixed use precinct on Eyre Street in Kingston, it brands itself as a Japanese brunch cafe serving Japanese inspired breakfast and lunch all day long. There's an open kitchen at the back of the small space and the front is minimalistic but oh-so Japanese with light wood furnishings, fluffy white lanterns overhead and sweet little vases of flowers adding a soft touch to the tables.

The restaurant's menu delivers a creative spin on home-style Japanese cooking to hungry Canberrans craving a unique dining experience. Bursting with innovating dishes and a few takes on familiar classics too, the menu has plenty to offer without being overwhelming. It's based on the teishoku or 'set menu' style of dining which apparently originated in the traditional meals offered at zen temples and became widely popular in Japan. It has evolved into a 'set menu' where all of the dishes are served together as one course.

Tokyo Canteen Kingston, Japanese breakfast, Japanese restaurants in Canberra, Japanese brunch Canberra, where to get Japanese food Canberra, Kingston restaurants, inner south Japanese restaurant
Panko chicken sando at Tokyo Canteen


At Tokyo Canteen, they've embraced the teishoku trend and you can expect many of the menu items to include soup, pickles and rice alongside the main dish. You're guaranteed to find some familiarity on the menu (agedashi tofu, nasu dengaku, poke bowls) but also some unusual surprises (ginza honey toast and udon carbonara, I'm looking at you!). I had multiple cases of food envy as other tables received their food but then mine arrived and it was like hitting the jackpot. The agedashi tofu was like it was coated in a crunchy cloud and the sides were sensational. The panko chicken sando was a reminder of some of the westernised Japanese magic you find when visiting Japan with sweet, light bread hugging salty, crunchy chicken - a true match made in heaven.

Visiting Tokyo Canteen is the perfect antidote to any pandemic-era blues because while you're there, for just a moment, you could be tucked away in a trendy corner of Tokyo. Highly recommended for both the flavour and complete difference from anything else on offer in Canberra.

Tokyo Canteen Kingston, Japanese breakfast, Japanese restaurants in Canberra, Japanese brunch Canberra, where to get Japanese food Canberra, Kingston restaurants, inner south Japanese restaurant
Teishoku style dining at Tokyo Canteen
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  61
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? For an all-day Japanese breakfast
When: 8:30am - 3pm daily
Where: 38 Eyre St, Kingston ACT 2604
Cost: $8 - $26
Your Comment
I've never been a great fan of Japanese food Heidi, but after reading your article and seeing the photos my conversion may have begun.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1655) 13 days ago
Featured
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions