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Knox Ozone Survival Guide

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Published December 13th 2012
As a Wantirna local I've tried a lot of the offerings at Knox Shopping Centre's dining precinct. To give you an idea of what's hot and what's kinda not, I'd like to share my knowledge. Here is a list of some of the dining and entertainment options available at Knox Ozone:

Bar Bosh
A Turkish restaurant serving tapas as well as mains. Dimly lit and warmed by coonaras at night, it's well suited to dating couples. The main courses are nothing to write home about, but the coffee is probably the best in the precinct. They also make a nice Devonshire tea.

Coffee Club
It's likely one of the chain's busiest and largest Melbourne outlets, but otherwise much like any other Coffee Club. It provides light meals, cakes, sweet beverages and somewhat milky coffee.

[ADVERT]Comedy Club
Located behind the eastern entrance to the main pavilion, the Comedy Club was formerly a great night out, serving three comedians over approximately two hours on certain nights of the week. After its recent refurbishment it was newly presented as a marriage of comedy hall and nightclub venue. Unfortunately, the opening night suggested that this may not have been a successful venture, as the substantial crowd of young people waiting to dance all but drowned out the comedians' voices.

Dragon Boat
A large, well-known Chinese restaurant, Dragon Boat is possibly Knox's best dining offering. Main courses are well-prepared and reasonably priced, and there's a substantial beer and wine list. Their flagship dessert - a crepe with orange liqueur and brandy prepared in front of you - is to die for. For anybody who owns a copy of this year's Entertainment Book, Dragon Boat has a spot in the gold section at the front.

Hog's Breath Cafe
A quasi-American diner with haphazard artefacts of Australian lore on the walls. Steaks are one their specialties, cocktails another. Dinner can be a noisy experience, as voices echo off the hard walls. Their curly fries are tastily seasoned.

An Indian restaurant with mains priced a few dollars above what might be expected. The quality of the fare makes it worthwhile. They also offer a takeaway delivery service.

Knox Tavern
Located behind the eastern side of the main pavilion, Knox Tavern serves fairly standard pub fare. Pokies and pool tables are available.

A large nightclub, Lulu is quiet until about 11pm, quickly filling up with young people who prefer a typical clubbing atmosphere to the gritty decor of Seamus O'Toole's.

A large establishment with a takeaway pizza bar. It provides quite serviceable Italian fare.

Red Salmon
Red Salmon's cosmopolitan menu has some interesting things on it (I recommend the Moroccan Goat curry). Some dishes are less appealing (I wasn't crazy about the chicken envelope) but I've been there three times and dining experiences there are generally pretty favourable.

Seamus O'Toole's Irish Pub
Beer, bogans and bands (on weekends). More of a night spot than a dining venue and bustling at most nights of the week, Seamus' fare is basic, but it's a popular hangout for the 18-22 age-bracket.

Switch has a reputation for slow and unresponsive service, but its atmosphere, cake range and coffee quality make it Ozone's best cake-and-coffee venue. It also serves Western fare for lunch and dinner and has a large beer garden.

Other takeaway outlets
Knox Ozone also has a large range of well-known fast food outlets, such as: Grill'd, KFC, Nando's, Salsa's, Schnitz, Trampoline Ice Cream.

Other Entertainment
Timezone and Village Cinemas are also present in the Ozone precinct.

This isn't an exhaustive list. If you've been to another venue in the Ozone precinct or have a different take on those I've listed, please share your thoughts.
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Where: Wantirna South, VIC
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