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“Good food, good service, overpriced” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bentoya

Bentoya
115 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9642 1136
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Ranked #2,086 of 3,912 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Melbourne
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“Good food, good service, overpriced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Went there with my wife on a voucher for eight courses.

The 2/5 rating has more to do with the fact that the place has missed the mark in terms of what it is supposed to be and the price point that this place is pitching itself at, rather than purely on the quality of food.

Their marketing pitch is "Eat Drink Bento has brought Japanese Izakaya (ee-zah-kah-ya) style dining to Melbourne". My wife and I regularly holiday in Japan.

Each individual dish, if judged by its own merits I would rate as "between average to below average". Izakaya by default requires each dish to have a bit of fineness to it. The dishes at Eat Drink Bento, while tastey were littered with various small faults which are typical in restaurants with Asian chefs not proper Japanese trained chefs (not being racist here, just an generalised observation). Attention to detail and presentation, in particular with food is an entrenched part of Japanese culture, and Eat Drink Bento missed the mark.

The type of dishes selected for the 10 courses were also odd, in the sense that I doubt they were the best dishes to showcase their menu or encourage customers to return especially pitched at a western market.

While the serving sizes were adequate over 8 courses and a good price for the cost of the voucher, the menu price of $140 was far above what we felt the meal was worth.

To sum it up, we won't be back. If we want Izakaya in Melbourne CBD we'll go to Izakaya Den instead.

Visited December 2012
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“Delicious food & excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

We went for dinner with a voucher for a 10 course banquet which included 2 glasses of house wine. The service was very friendly and efficient. Although we are not huge eaters we felt the courses were a bit small and the glasses of wine that were included were definitely on the light side. We ended up buying another serve of Gyoza and extra wine. The extra Gyoza had 2 extra pieces on the plate and the extra wines were filled up to the level we had expected, not light on at all.

Other than that we would definitely return and probably try some of their mains, rather than another banquet. It is definitely one of the better restaurants along the tourist strip that is Hardware Lane & Hardware St. Note that the name of the restaurant is actually Bentoya (Eat, Drink, Bento).

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“good bento menu!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

good bento menu!

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“Love the food, love the...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2008

Love the food, love the atmosphere, love the music, love the friendly service.......worth every penny!

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“Cute bento boxes but not...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2008

Cute bento boxes but not really worth the price..

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