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Doki Doki Japanese Restaurant

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by JMBowen (subscribe)
Glutard foodie and adventure seeker.
Published August 3rd 2016
A great new lunch spot
Doki Doki is a newcomer to the north of Melbourne CBD, hidden in those strange little streets just north of La Trobe Street, around RMIT university. These are fun streets to explore, full of street art and new places popping up. You have to be paying attention to find Doki Doki, since its outside is quite nondescript.

Doki Doki on Literature Lane
An unassuming front entrance

There are two entrances, one off Little Latrobe Street, and one from the back of Literature Lane. If you want to feel like a lunchtime adventure, go down to the back entrance.

doki doki japanese restaurant
Fit some exploring into your lunchtime

Doki Doki offers tasty Japanese lunches and dinners, including delicious sushi, sashimi, donburi, Japanese curry and takoyaki (yummy deep fried meatballs). The interior is hip and clean cut, dark and cool.

The salmon teriyaki don is worth visiting Doki Doki for. I was amazed at the portions of salmon that I got for my $12.

salmon teriyaki don
Fantastic salmon

We got take away since it was busy on its opening days. I so enjoyed my two large pieces of salmon, I couldn't carry on polite lunchtime conversation. The fish was perfectly cooked and lightly flavoured, sitting on a bed of salad and rice. I was in a very happy place for the duration of my salmon experience.

My friend had the chicken curry, which was juicy and full of flavour.

For my afternoon snack, I got one of their sushi rolls. More expensive than a standard roll ($3.80), it was a new sushi experience for me. The filling comes separated from the seaweed wrapping, though it is presented as a wrap. This means you unwrap the centre, then unwrap the seaweed, then carefully roll it yourself. This may seem against the point of buying sushi (i.e. not making it yourself) but it's actually really fun, and means the seaweed stays crisp, which is a totally different flavour and texture experience to the usual soggy sushi outsides.

I plan on making Doki Doki a regular lunch spot. Its prices are standard for the area (around $10), but the portion and atmosphere is significantly better than your average quick city lunch.
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Why? For yummy, affordable Japanese
When: 12am-11pm
Phone: (03) 9662 4568
Where: 18-20 Little La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $4-$20
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