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“Some food was not fresh, smelt off. Was not acknowledged by the host”
Review of Nihonbashi Zen

Nihonbashi Zen
Ranked #2,929 of 4,023 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $0 - $39
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Melbourne
2 reviews
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“Some food was not fresh, smelt off. Was not acknowledged by the host”
Reviewed June 26, 2011

We have lived and in Japan, and are pretty au-fait with Japanese food. We visited this restaurant and were extremely disappointed to say the least.

The chicken yakitori was not cooked fresh - it had obviously been reheated, and the chicken was tough and inedible. Worse was the beef yakitori skewers, where the meat smelt and tasted bitter, as if it had been sitting in your fridge for too long and had gone off. When we advised the hostess of this problem (in both Japanese and English) she refused to acknowledge our issue and instead claimed "the meat always smelt this way". We will be lodging a complaint with the food hygiene authorities.

  • Visited June 2011
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“Very Real Japanese Dining. Nice Yakitori and many kinds of Sake!Grrr! Expensive but here is worth visiting!”
Reviewed May 31, 2008

Very Real Japanese Dining. Nice Yakitori and many kinds of Sake!Grrr! Expensive but here is worth visiting!

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“Expensive, but very cosy, great service and high quality food!”
Reviewed May 15, 2008

Expensive, but very cosy, great service and high quality food!

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“Great yakitoris, good atmosphere.”
Reviewed April 9, 2008

Great yakitoris, good atmosphere.

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