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Wabi Sabi Japanese Restaurant, Melbourne

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by Emile Corbeau (subscribe)
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Published September 12th 2011
I happen to be quite a fan of Japanese food, and Wabi Sabi, located in both St. Kilda and Collingwood, has got to be my favourite Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne. When you walk in, you are immediately surrounded by the Japanese atmosphere, artfully set by the seatings, the decor and the garden which makes you feel as if you are actually in Japan itself.

Outdoor seating area
Outdoor seating area

In keeping with Japanese custom and culture, their service is great, they are extremely respectful of their customers. In terms of their food, their lunch menu consists of popular dishes such as Bento boxes, Sushi, Sashimi and Donburi which as their menu amusingly suggests, it is "something yummy on rice". Their Dinner menu on the other hand offers more gourmet dishes such as duck, crab, and of course vegetarian dishes as well. What makes their food so special though is the fact that it tastes like authentic homemade Japanese food and the best thing about it all is that it is so cheap.

Chicken dish
One of Wabi Sabi's delicious dishes

Some of my favourite dishes include the Tofu and vegetable ankake donburi from the lunch menu, which has this most wonderful sesame based sauce so tasty that makes you want to eat ever grain of rice. While the Salmon with the lemon teriyaki sauce from their dinner menu is great for sharing with others. Try some Sake, a rice based alcoholic beverage, if you never have before and be sure to have some Miso soup with you meal, it helps with digestion.

Miso Soup
Miso Soup

For more information, you can visit their website.
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Why? One of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne
When: Hours vary, see website for details
Where: Collingwood and St. Kilda
Cost: Most mains around 15$
Are their miso soup any good? My bf is veggo and really picky with food.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 25th of September @ 11:26 am
Hi there, sorry for the late reply. Their miso soups are great, though miso soup is usually made with a fish stock base. I am not sure if they do them with Shitake mushroom stock as well. They do have great vegetarian dishes as well though, I personaly reccomend the vegetables with the black sesame sauce on rice, it is delicious.
By Emile Corbeau - senior reviewer
Friday, 27th of April @ 02:49 am
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