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Chocolate Buddha


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Korean, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Scenic view, Large groups

Location and contact

CHOCOLATE BUDDHA IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS and WILL REOPEN IN LATE SPRING 2019. Please come and visit our temporary restaurant aptly titled POP UP BUDDHA 20 metres across Federation Square. In the heart of Federation Square with some of Melbourne's most impressive views, Chocolate Buddha is a Japanese casual dining experience. The menu consists of sushi, sharing dishes, Ramen & Donburi. We cater for vegetarians and have a substantial gluten free section on our menu. We cater for functions for 8 people and more and have great sharing function menus We hope to see you soon
$11 - $29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Korean, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very easy restaurant to go to as the service is slick and the long shared tables are communal but still give a sense of privacy for small groups. But they provide an opportunity to comingle with other diners... The accoustics are excellent...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe is situated at Federation Square, with outside [have blankets for the cooler days] and inside seating and table service. The menu itself is healthy and also have alcohol. This venue is great for a snack or a light dinner or lunch. The staff...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Swelltraveller67
Reviewed March 13, 2019

I came here for lunch on a Saturday and had spicy pork ramen. Yeah it is quite spicy, but very flavoursome, it's also a massive portion which I couldn't eat. Lovely views out across Federation Square from inside as well as outside. Can't go wrong....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TashW35
Reviewed March 2, 2019

Excellent Japanese food, well priced and delish! Really friendly and helpful staff members. Great location, good to pop into after visiting NGV or the Ian Potter Gallery.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PDennis25
Reviewed February 25, 2019

This place is amazing for gluten free diets and those who do not need gluten free. The japanese food is beautifully presented, and the cocktail menu is great. I booked this place for a work function and every one of the team of 50 people...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank lewis353
Reviewed February 20, 2019 via mobile

Food was amazing, decor is cute, communal sitting but still able to discuss things without worrying that people will listen. Will be renovated shortly so get in quick!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Yiotaaa87
Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

We had a visiting friend who is celiac, and Chocolate Buddha was absolutely perfect. Our friend was so excited when she saw the size of the gluten free menu - an entire A4 page. They also have a “regular” menu that has a few extra...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank SeaDreaming22
Reviewed February 8, 2019 via mobile

I’m annoyed with myself for failing to acknowledge the blatant signals that this place was giving off. The menu was a confusion of genres, the staff were mismatched to the food and there was not a single Asian dining in an ‘asian’ restaurant. I’d go...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Doronski
Reviewed February 3, 2019

Divine Asian Fusion Food! They have nice food for vegetarians. Love coming back every time. Great service.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Xavier L
Reviewed January 31, 2019

I have actually enjoyed meals here before, and my colleagues' food looked swell, but I ordered the curry tofu, and it was nasty. The fried curry was okay, but the curry it was in was almost entirely bereft of the promised vegetables. Essentially it was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Christine R
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Rosemary D
May 19, 2017|
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Response from Chocolate B | Property representative |
Hello Rosemary. That would be our illustrious leader - Mr Lucas Vanderstadt , our Restaurant Manager who was training a new shift leader on Friday Night, so he was a waiter for the evening looking after our outside tables... More
March 14, 2017|
Response from Chocolate B | Property representative |
Hi Robyn, we have a full Gluten free menu and many Vegan options as well. You are more than welcome to bring your vegan cake along to enjoy with us after lunch. Yes, Saturday at 12 noon is possible and available, you can... More
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