Ajisai Carrum

Location: Carrum
Cuisine: Japanese and more.

Wed to Fri – 9.00am – 2.00pm & 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Sat – 8.00am – 2.30pm & 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Sunday – 8.00am – 2.30pm
Closed Mon & Tues

Price Range: $$

Kid’s Menu:
Your choice of Japanese or Western Food. Their kids menu offers chicken nuggets with Salad or Chips, Cheese Burger and Crumbed Chicken.

Adult Offerings:
Fancy some Japanese? Consider their Tapas, Rice Paper Rolls, Poke Bowl, Sashimi and Nigiri, Dumplings and Gyoza, Donburi Rice Bowls or Noodles. They also offer all day breakfast, burgers, wraps and parmas.

See full menu. Page 2

Need to know:

Recently opened across the road from the train works in Carrum. They are located where Zanko was located. Their signage will be updated soon.

Spacious restaurant with colouring pencils for the kids, high chairs, plastic cups and plenty of room for prams. Their menu offers under 200 options, so there is something for everyone. Select from traditional Japanese cuisine or something a little more familiar. They also have a lot of vegetarian options.

They do have a kids menu, but don’t limit your options to the kids menu. There are plenty of options to choose from for those little taste buds.

Did you know that Carrum Foreshore playground is situated right behind the restaurant? Perfect opportunity for a play before or after the meal.

Source: Ajisai Carrum

Our latest visit:

After a well publicised shutdown of a cafe nearby, the local community has made a point to not neglect the other local businesses during the train line works. It may be an inconvenience to find parking at times and the weather isn’t always the best at this time of the year, but these businesses need ongoing support.

What’s even harder is opening a restaurant during this time with no signage. The only way to hear about this new restaurant is word of mouth. The local community groups on Facebook have certainly done their fair share to spread the word. I have seen nothing but good reviews for this place in it’s short time.

The opportunity arose for a quick bite for lunch to investigate with the kids. We immediately were welcomed and my kids were immediately catered to. We sat at a booth, which my son was excited about and were given plastic cups for both kids and a high chair for my daughter.

Who needs entertainment, when you have a cup?

I didn’t have a large amount of time up my sleeves, so I ordered chicken nuggets for the kids to share and Karage Chicken Don Ricebowl for myself. Next time I’ll take the time to read the menu in full and order a variety of dishes to share with the kids, not from the kids menu.

The meals arrived quickly and both kids enjoyed tasting my dish (of course). The Karage Chicken Don was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. It was served with some seaweed salad, rice and pickled carrots. The serving size was great, even with the kids stealing my food.

After my son finished eating his meal, he had a bit of a wander around the restaurant. You could tell this was not an issue, as they are parents themselves. They were happy to have a chat and we most definitely will be back.

Definitely give them your support and enjoy delicious food at the same time. If you can’t make it in, they offer delivery via Menulog.

Karage Chicken

Esther enjoying the Karage Chicken

What they do well:
-Huge menu to cater to everyone’s tastes.
-Welcoming and warm staff.
-Delicious traditional Japanese food

Contact them direct:


Information correct at the time of posting. Please notify us of any incorrect information. We always recommend calling ahead to accommodate your needs and to confirm kitchen times.
Photo Credits: Kids for Dinner and Ajisai Carrum

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