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Nihonbashi Zen

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87 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 4
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 4
    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
Potato salad event

I dropped in for a quick lunch but stayed a little longer as the food and cold beer made me do it. Plenty of cheap lunch choices but this time chose off the menu. What made it for me though was the potato salad that was mixed at the table or in my case at the bench. The ingredients were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Margot D
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I dropped in for a quick lunch but stayed a little longer as the food and cold beer made me do it. Plenty of cheap lunch choices but this time chose off the menu. What made it for me though was the potato salad that was mixed at the table or in my case at the bench. The ingredients were... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

I paid $20 for about 5 small pieces of chicken (think doulbe the size of KFC popcorn chicken) and a bowl of rice. I waited about 30/40 mins. When the food finally came, it was terrible. Not recommended , plenty of other good options in that area

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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