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Nihonbashi Zen

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87 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Today
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • 4
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Small Friendly Good service

Very Small restaurant in Little Collins street in the heart of Melbourne Chinatown. I can recommend the Salmon Belly cooked in Soy. Emmy at front of house is a gem and makes you feel very special and looked after our party extremely well. She is good with her advice catering for you likes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2014
John S
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Very Small restaurant in Little Collins street in the heart of Melbourne Chinatown. I can recommend the Salmon Belly cooked in Soy. Emmy at front of house is a gem and makes you feel very special and looked after our party extremely well. She is good with her advice catering for you likes and dislikes and will help with the... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the banquet meals and thought they were good value for money. We both thought the servings were plenty for an evening meal. Everything was top quality with the delicate flavours able to be fully appreciated. Service was very friendly and efficient.

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Pasadena, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

we came here before the theatre. The owners were very inviting and friendly. The prices were really inflated. I had the seafood special which was one prawn, two small scallops and a chewy skewer of calamari, served with miso soup and a cup of steamed rice. Husband had the tempura with only one prawn. Our bill was $120 for two... More 

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Amsterdam
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Nice and friendly, good food (seafood or meat) on skewers. Small place with friendly staff, for reasonable prices. Loved it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Having recently read a raving review in the Australian Financial Review, I was not disappointed on the service and atmosphere. But the food was very overpriced. For $40, the seafood special only delivered one prawn, two small scallops and two small tentacles of calamari. The rest was filler (rice, miso soup, a couple of pieces of asparagus wrapped in bacon).... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

expensive. Ordered seafood platter and got 3 pieces of seafood and veggies wrapped in bacon, i.e. potatoes in bacon. Not very japanese.No flavour.Poor quality of food. Will not go there again.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I am sorry, but I have read through the positive reviews above & I can't say I agree. Personally I found the food just OK. I have eaten at Japanese restaurants before and I found this to be the worst. The meals sizes were very small considering the price. In fact we had 1 beer, 1 plum wine, stuffed shitake... More 

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melbourne
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130 reviews 130 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This authentic Japanese restaurant is worth the price. Been to Japan, and have experienced the local eateries around. This restaurant embodies the Japanese cuisine. It is indeed a bit dear and people who are used to the cheap Japanese restaurants will be turned off with their price. Most of the so called Japanese restaurants around Australia are not real Japanese.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I agree with others a little pricey but the food is great and the service very lively. Go down into this place and just have a good time.

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Busselton, Australia
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116 reviews 116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

If you want an experience in classic cooking a history of flavour then you must try I have never experience tofu until I dined here and that's just the entree the rest is their to view Quite and meaningful, delightful service one could expect. I'd highly recommend the experience Price is high if you order to much which is easily... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 87 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 39
  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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