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Eating & drinking are taken to an exciting new level at Pabu, a modern take on a traditional Japanese pub or Izakaya. The word Pabu is Japanese for pub, and like an Aussie pub, Pabu is casual, friendly & lively.

Pabu: About Pabu

About Pabu

Eating and drinking are taken to an exciting new level at Pabu, a modern take on the traditional Japanese pubs or Izakaya.

The word Pabu is Japanese for pub, and like any Aussie pub, Pabu is casual, friendly and always lively. You will be wowed by the cutting-edge Japanese-influenced décor as soon as you walk through the door. The infamous giant abacus on the ceiling has been the talk of the town ever since Pabu opened it’s door! At the front of the restaurant you will find the beautiful communal table made of recycled timber which welcomes single diners or larger groups. Stretching the length of the side-wall is the beautiful graffiti artwork inspired by the seasons of Japan by Hiroyasu Tsuri, an award winning local Japanese artist based in Melbourne.

Pabu is always filled with chatter and laughter just like any “pabu” you would find in Japan. The energetic “Irrashaimase!” takes you from the streets of Collingwood to the alluring back streets of Tokyo city.

Pabu: Who is Pabu

Who is Pabu

Pabu is owned by the dynamic Khoa Nguyen. Don’t let his fresh-faced youth fool you – hands-on Khoa has over ten years experience in Japanese cuisine. Khoa’s food adventure began 10 years ago with his popular Japanese takeaways, located in major shopping precincts well known for their innovative take on Japanese classics and fusion dishes influenced by his Vietnamese background.  “Owning an upmarket Japanese restaurant has been my dream ever since I started the Japanese takeaway venture. I love to share; whether it is food, a drink or my stories. It’s amazing how simple but quality food can bring people closer to you. I love that I am creating a whole new culture here at Pabu with a wonderful team where we all share our enthusiasm, we laugh together and we have the same goal to bring the best forward to our customers” says Khoa.

Passion is the main ingredient you will find in Pabu: The passion to bring the best of Japan to Melbourne; the passion to create seasonal dishes to entice your taste buds and the passion to bring people together over food. Pabu is definitely a gem in the rough; a new kid on the block and a strong contender for the Melbourne food scene. Wouldn’t you want to jump on board to experience the Pabu adventure? “Irrashaimase!! Welcome to Pabu!”

Pabu: Izakaya


Perch at the sushi counter and watch the chefs work their magic to prepare the freshest, most exquisite sushi & sashimi right in front of your eyes. Enjoy an icy-cold Japanese beer including a very clean, dry Kirin on tap; sip on top-quality sakes from all regions of Japan; try a gorgeous signature cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine while snacking on Japanese tapas. The wide selection of tapas, seafood dishes, sushi and sashimi, and healthy salads will satisfy any/all cravings. On entering Pabu you will be immediately seduced by the sweet aroma of the environmentally friendly bamboo charcoal grill. Savour char-grilled yakitori from the open barbeque and select from the extensive menu to entice your taste buds. The expert chefs also offer daily specials featuring market-fresh seafood, meat and vegetable creations. At Pabu, we respect the produce and work with the seasons as most would in Japan. we emphasis on the quality of ingredients, freshness, and subtle seasoning to ensure all dishes are well balanced to the true Japanese culture. This strong belief alone has won many diners’ hearts in the ever-so-exciting Collingwood restaurant scene.

Pabu: Private Dining & Function at Pabu Grill & Sake




Pabu: Function


Celebrate that special occasion at PABU!

The architecturally designed space is the perfect venue for birthday parties, product launches and cocktail parties or a pre-dinner cocktail. Towards the back of the restaurant there is a Private Dining Room which features original 50 year old movie posters, it is ideal for a sit-down dinner for up to 20 people. Another option we can offer is the large table at the front dinning area of the restaurant, which features a handmade recycled timber table seating up to 14 guest.

Pabu: Set Menu

Set Menu

You and your guests can select from a number of set menu options offering 10-courses expertly matched with sake or wines, or our staff can tailor-make a menu to suit your individual tastes.

For more information contact Pabu on (03) 9419-6141 or

Pabu: Dinner


Pabu’s Japanese-style tapas are great for sharing and grazing. Savour char-grilled yakitori from the from the environmentally friendly bamboo charcoal grill – skewers include chicken thigh, chicken balls, chicken skin, pork asparagus, beef loin and more. While watching the sushi chefs carve and slice fish at the open bar, enjoy the freshest sushi, sashimi, and seafood dishes. Experience new taste creations from stewed, grilled and fried meats and to healthy salads. Every day, there are new specials featuring market-fresh seafood, meat and vegetable creations. Pabu’s friendly and knowledgeable  staff  are always on hand to explain what’s on offer and suggest matching sakes and wines.

Pabu: Seafood Nabe
Pabu: Teriyaki Chicken
Pabu: Ebi Soba
Pabu: Gyu Tataki
Pabu: Pabu Sumiyaki Set
Pabu: Pabu Famous Watari Kani Maki
Pabu: Watari Kani Karaage
Pabu: Maguro & Salmon Salad
Pabu: Sushi Sashimi Set
Pabu: Dessert Moriawase
Pabu: Sake


At Pabu you can have your rice and drink it too!  With a selection of sakes from all over Japan, your cup need never go empty – indeed, if you order from the premium range the cups is yours to keep. If new to this versatile rice alcohol, served both warm and cold, a good way to start is with a tasting flight in which three contrasting sakes are offered. Our attentive staff can help with suggestions and food matches. Explore exotic Japanese inspired cocktails based on sake, shochu (a vodka-type spirit) and umeshu (plum wine) as well as a range of Japanese beers on tap. Kanpai! (Cheers)

Pabu: Sake Tasting Premium Flight
Pabu: Ranman Tokusen Ginjo
Pabu: Pabu Cocktails
Pabu: Promo 1


Pabu: Promo 2

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Pabu: Promo 3


Pabu: Promo 4


Pabu: Contact Us

Contact Us

Pabu Grill & Sake

190 Smith Street, Collingwood
3066 Victoria, Australia
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(03) 9419 6141

Opening Hours

Mon – Thur: 10am – 10pm
Friday: 10am – late
Saturday: 5pm – late
Sunday: 5pm – 10pm