Master Den's hot pot pop-up Poppu Uppu warms Melbourne CBD

Melbourne's Master Den have opened the doors to its new Japanese, hot pot pop-up, Poppu Uppu, on the former site of fine diner, Kappo, on Flinders Lane

A sister venue to Izakaya Den and Hihou, Poppu Uppu takes inspiration from the nabemono dining experiences in Japan where noodles, vegetables and protein gradually added to a simmering broth.

“What better winter experience than sharing a hot pot with someone you love, a group of your friends or family, on a cold Melbourne night”, says Simon Denton, co-owner of Izakaya Den, Hihou and Master Den’s Poppu Uppu.

“It’s comfort food at its best – fun, unpretentious, and full of flavour and ritual.”

Poppu Uppu specialises in shabu shabu with a plate of wagyu rump, topside and sirloin 6+; a Hokkaido-style seafood nabe with Tasmanian salmon fillet, local mussels and mackerel; and a mushroom hot pot with shiitake, enoki, shimeji, oyster, and king brown mushrooms, which diners will cook at the table themselves.

Each hot pot are served with an assortment of vegetables and accompaniments like wombok potato, spring onion, house-made special sauce, ponzu sauce, goma (sesame sauce), momiji oroshi (Japanese daikon and chilli), and yuzu koshu (seasoning made from chili peppers, yuzu peel and salt).

All three hot pots are finished with handmade, udon noodles by udon specialist and Izakaya Den and Nama Nama’s original head chef, Yosuke Furukawa.

The drinks program includes cocktails from upstairs bar, Hihou, including ‘KITANO Beat’, a Negroni-style winter cocktail named after Japanese actor Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano, made with Suntory Kaku whisky, Campari, Saika Kokutou umeshu , and Patron coffee and orange; and local and Japanese craft beers; sake; and wines.