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Okami Japanese Restaurant

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published January 2nd 2016
More Food Than You Can Poke a Chopstick At
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Delicious sushi and salmon platter


When I was told we were going to an 'all you can eat' restaurant I immediately envisaged a low quality buffet style meal. In my imagination there are queues of overfed people impatiently piling substandard food on to their plates regardless of their appetite level. On tables there are masses of food left on plates - enough to feed a small African village - but yet they still go back for more.

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Perfectly cooked vegetarian gyoza


Okami is nothing like this. If I had not known it was an all you can eat restaurant, I would not have picked it. It is possible to order off the menu but why would you? There are so many good choices and this is such an economical option. For $32.80 per head (seniors $29.80) you can choose as many dishes from the menu that you would like.

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Don't ask how many plates of this thinly sliced beef we ordered


Okami is a fun and lively restaurant where food is served promptly to the table. I'm not sure how they make money because despite the large bar they were not pushy with the drinks. I somehow missed their inquiry about whether we wanted a wine list or not.

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BYO or order from the bar


At times I noticed the loud buzz in the restaurant and while others might find this loud, for us who work in education, it was just background noise. It was really nice to be able to block it out and not worry about what was going on in the peripheral vision and just enjoy the food and conversation.

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One of the favourites for the meat lovers


I knew we had eaten a lot of food but was surprised to get the printout bill that showed us we devoured 21 dishes of food between four of us. In our defence some of these were very small serves and we had two very hungry men.

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Fresh, crispy stir fried vegetables


When you eat as much as we did it's not hard to have a few popular dishes. My vegetarian favourites included the eggplant salad, Agedashi fried tofu and the vegetarian gyoza. The carnivorous diners loved the teriyaki steak and the miso steak the best. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the green tea and the black sesame ice cream but that's just personal taste.The vanilla was the best.

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Try them all


Note: there is a corkage fee of $5. They have a reasonable and ethical policy of an extra charge for those who waste over 100 grams food.

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A must order dish - crispy and sweet eggplant in miso sauce


If you want to impress someone with your generosity, don't tell them that this is an 'all you can eat' restaurant. Just tell them it's your shout and make the most of it. 楽しみます
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When: Mon Closed Tue 5:30 PM to 10 PM Wed 5:30 PM to 10 PM Thu 5:30 PM to 10 PM Fr i5 PM to 11 PM Sat 5 PM to 11 PM Sun 12 Noon to 3 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM
Phone: 9576 1300
Where: 67 Kooyang Road Caulfield
Cost: Cheap
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