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Shimbashi Soba – gluten free Japanese in Melbourne

100% gluten free Japanese in Fitzroy 

Many coeliacs rarely eat Japanese food due to the liberal use of soy sauce, which usually has wheat in it. Shimbashi Soba has changed all that for Melbourne coeliacs, with their Fitzroy and Liverpool Street (city) stores both serving 100% gluten free food. (NB the Russell St store does not appear to be 100% gluten free.)

Shimbashi Soba Japanese Melbourne

Smith Street, Fitzroy store

The menu

There are several special boxes to choose from (including vegan), warm and cold soba noodle dishes and small bites. You can check their website for all the menu details.

The drinks menu is not entirely gluten free but they do have gluten free beer.

The food

I had heard a lot of talk about the Karaage fried chicken, so we had to try that. It is on the ‘small bites’ menu but there was a lot there, even shared between two people.  It is tasty and a good option if you missing KFC!

My husband and I both chose the Teriyaki salmon bento box which was very enjoyable with lots of different flavours from all the side dishes. The buckwheat (soba) noodles are cold but mixed in with the warm salmon it all tastes good.

The food is served with chopsticks but you can ask for cutlery if you are as incompetent as me at catching food with chopsticks!

Shimbashi Soba is a great option for gluten free Japanese food in Melbourne. Bookings are recommended.


131 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065 Phone: (03) 9973 9486
Tue – Fri  12:00 – 2:30pm / 5:00 – 9:30pm, Sat – Sun/ public holidays   12:00 – 3:00pm / 5:00 – 9:30pm, Mon Closed

Melbourne CBD site closed end April 2021 – a new site will be opening soon in Northcote.


Shimbasi Soba is also featured on the Melbourne 100% gluten free listing.

Melbourne 100% gluten free

For other Melbourne eateries, check the following links:

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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