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Chocolate Buddha Japanese Restaurant

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published December 13th 2011
The dish I ordered; menu item # 205

Chocolate Buddha at Federation Square is a great 'catch up with friends' venue. I recently caught up with a friend there for a late lunch.

I would have loved to have complemented the chef at this restaurant, although that fell short as we both left the restaurant 90 minutes later fully bloated (in need of an urgent nap; you know that feeling when you have eaten too much), despite dealing with a waiter who was so hard to understand, and with the brightest yellow teeth I have ever seen. Oh dear.

The food and the service wasn't all that bad. The ambience was beautiful, especially with all the Buddha statues around the restaurant, and the chic dining space. The staff were friendly, so full marks for friendliness. I ordered item number 205 (for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the dish) which had fresh and chunky free range chicken which was a delight, and my friend ordered dish number 201 (again, for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the dish) - and hers had more of a soup base than mine.

The menu said "chilli", which caught me friend's eyes; an Indonesian who loves her chilli. She tasted the dish and had to ask for some more chilli. It took a while to finish our meals, and as I mentioned before, these meals were quite filling, and for $19.80 a pop - this represented pretty good value for money. In many cases (like yours truly) a cup of soup is all that you need for dinner after a quality meal here. Not the best Japanese food in Melbourne, Oki2go in St Kilda is still my favourite, but this restaurant is still up there in the quality stakes.

Come to this restaurant at around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, and this is when a small dinner is called for if you order one of their main dishes straight away.

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Why? For quality Japanese food that is guaranteed to fill you up at lunchtime
Where: Federation Square
Cost: $19.80 per person (only drinking water)
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