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Don Don Japanese

#279 of 3,047 Restaurants in Melbourne
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Central Business District
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198 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
9670 9670
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Taipei, Taiwan
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I used to have lunch at least 2 times a week at this pace. Love the sashi don. I came back to this place after a year, still loves it. The speed always amazes me. I missed the time when I could see the kitchen in action. It was an entertainment like a production line.

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Thank BudiW77
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in the centre and looking for good, cheap food, this is probably one of the best places to go to. However avoid going there during peak hours, otherwise you need to queue for ordering and a seat.

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Thank Alexandra M
Melbourne, Australia
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by this eatery. It's always so packed I have been reticent to try it. But it was terrific. Tofu Don for 6.50!! It was excellent And served lightening fast. Great for a quick lunch between lectures.

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Thank Xen_Paul
St Kilda, Australia
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered the beef Udon noodles. The dish its self was quite yummy, however the restaurant area is very dirty and un-kept. The floor was filthy, with grease marks all over the walls, birds flying around inside leaving a mess on the tables. The environment itself is very grungy. I personally wouldn't go back, I found it quite unpleasant regardless... More 

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Thank Lilly C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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49 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Went for a quick lunch and ordered teriyaki chicken rice bowl. Even though the place was crowded, but food was ready within minutes and the taste was well worth the money! Will definitely come back again.

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Thank ying25
Singapore, Singapore
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75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

I bring my hubby and son had dinner here based on the good reviews, what a wrong choice! The food was ready less than 30 seconds, everything was self service. We ordered chicken curry rice set and sliced beef with soy rice set & salad, the chicken was over cook, it was too hard & dry; sliced beef was ok... More 

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3 Thank Ice800908
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommended place for value for money and quick service food. The teriyaki chicken rice bowl was tasty and I also enjoyed the cold soba salad very much. The location is also great.

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Thank Ancch
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Dropped in for a quick lunch after doing the bike tour with Steve from Melbourne Bike Tours. I had the chicken curry Don and a miso soup. It was very tasty and a substantial lunch that filled me up. All for under $9.50! That's what I call value. It's an eat and run type of place but way better than... More 

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Thank Peter R
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

In Melbourne this is a place I frequent very often. Chicken curry rice is my normal selection. The option to eat in or take away. This is a fast in and fast out type place. Don't expect to sit own and eat for a long time. Sit eat and leave, which is great for a quick meal with friends before... More 

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Thank Paul S
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Lovely little quaint place that has only a few items on the menu, but they are more than enough - especially as they seem to do them all well. Prices are cheap and the decor is what you would expect from a Melbourne side street restaurant. Will definitely visit again and recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $9
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Fast Food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9670 9670

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
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.