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Don Don Japanese

#303 of 3,116 Restaurants in Melbourne
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Central Business District
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198 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
9670 9670
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cheap, fast and no frills dining

At less than $7.00 per rice bowl, I doubt you can find any meal that is cheaper (and at such sizable portions) in Melbourne CBD. You order at the counter, return to your table, and the food gets served in less than 5 minutes. The teriyaki chicken don and the curry beef don we had were quite yummy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been there for so long since my university life. Always quality food can be expected. Nice atmosphere with history also. Good price.

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Thank Judy L
Singapore
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

At less than $7.00 per rice bowl, I doubt you can find any meal that is cheaper (and at such sizable portions) in Melbourne CBD. You order at the counter, return to your table, and the food gets served in less than 5 minutes. The teriyaki chicken don and the curry beef don we had were quite yummy, but don't... More 

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Thank HK_Chiang
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28 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

A great stop when you are in a hurry and want a good 'home style' Japanese meal. It is a terrific place to take a group of hungry teenagers. Food is excellent quality for the price.

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Thank Mimilawmac
Melbourne, Australia
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Very quick service, a Chicken Curry Don will generally appear before you decide what you're having. Dirt cheap as well $6.60 for a basic but tasty curry

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Thank bounceyman
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

I headed here as I was in the area today for lunch. Was quite impressed with the cheap prices for the simple good Japanese dishes. I had the bento box. For $8.70 I was stonkered. What more could I ask for. I'll be back when I need some nice Japanese food.

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Thank paul b
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Although there are only about 8 things on the menu to choose from, Don don is certainly one of the cheapest yet reasonable Japanese restaurants in the CBD with regards to the quality and portion size. Average but very quick service- the food was ready in about a minute! Overall satisfied and would recommend if on a budget!

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Thank YN_Birch
Malaysia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A reasonable yet exotic restaurant with the comfort yet yummylicious food packaged with industrious yet welcoming staff.

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Thank tmag79
Kiwi on tour
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164 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Although not a Japanese food junkie or connoisseur, no huge raps on this establishment in melbourne Chinatown precinct. The interior has seen better days and the graffitied toilets badly need a paint. In its favour at least the food is very efficiently pumped out and is even tasty too. Niece and I shared a chicken/ rice dish , salmon -pickled... More 

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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Average service. Definitely not cheap eats! 6$ for a little cold don bowl. I'm not impressed! The food is average quality. Only cash accepted is also a BIG minus to me.

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Thank quynh n
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Within literally 30 seconds of ordering, my food was served to me lukewarm to almost cold. When food is served this fast you know it is from a bain-marie. Regardless, the food tasted terrible! It was overly sweet and grossly salty. It also looked like it had already been digested. Do not eat here unless you hate yourself!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 198 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9670 9670

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 9
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.