Chocolate Buddha

(03) 9654 5688, Federation Square, 2 Swanston St, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Japanese $ -
Open 7 days noon-11pm bookings accepted on Fri & Sat nights only for groups of six or more; Licensed; Cards EFT, No bookings, Seats inside 93, Outside seats

Chef: Masayuki Yoshida (17-10-13) Owner: Angela Mathioudakis (17-10-13)Chocolate Buddha

Mietta's Review
Casual, Australian/Japanese dining at a frantic pace. Set at the top of the slope at Federation Square, the menu is based on home-style ramen noodle and donburi rice dishes. With many Buddahs watching on, tables are communal, and you and your meal are a number, which is fine for the sake of expediency. The master computer ordering system seems to find you every time, with a bowl full of steaming, broth-soaked organic and locally grown meat, fish and vegetables. There are some great teas on the list too, Buddah's Tears is recommended. Paul Mathis, co-creator of Blue Train and Automatic has graduated from bowls of fries to bring us places like this and Soulmamma in St Kilda. Food prices are reasonable, the wine list is as expensive as it is limited.

Other Published Opinions

The Age Good Food Under $30 2013 March 16, 2013 "
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The Age Cheap Eats 2012 February 28, 2012 "
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The Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 12/20

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Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 12/20

Age Good Food Guide 2012 Score: 12.5/20

The Age Cheap Eats 2011 Score: **

The Australian Veg Food Guide 2011 Score: Food 3 Service 3 Ambience 4 Value 2 "Chocolate Buddha is a modern Japanese-inspired restaurant in Federation Square, prices are elevated accordingl"

Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 13.5/20

Age Cheap Eats 2010

Age Good Food Guide 2010 Score: 13.5/20

Age, Sunday Night Dinner Janne Apelgren "You can book a spot at one of the long communal tables, but you might still end up in the middle of two groups. Chocolate Buddha will have you fed and on your way promptly without feeling pressured, though older diners and the broad-beamed may find the backless boxy stools a little character-building."

Age Cheap Eats 2009

Age Good Food Guide 2009 Score: 13.5/20

Age Cheap Eats 2008

Age Good Food Guide 2008 Score: 13/20

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Herald Sun Bob Hart 26/3/05 "On balance, I found the place to be so effective in achieving its objectives that had I spotted Siddharta himself at an adjacent table, signing menus, I would have been less than astonished. ... And after two and a half years, a facelift, and a new emphasis on sushi and sashimi, it is at the top of its game."

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Age Cheap Eats 2004

The Foodies' Guide 2004,Allan Campion & Michele Curtis,'Lunch here is just about as good as it gets.A big bowl of slurpy noodles,with quality ingrediants,fast service and an innovative drinks list.'

Age Cheap Eats 2004

AGFG 2004, score 13/20, wide selection of vegetarian dishes, two courses for $25 or less

Age, A2, 29/11/03, Melinda Houston

Herald Sun, Weekend, 13/12/03, Donna Coutts,'Best Cafes' A terrific eating experience.Fresh and fun. Looks good, tastes good, makes you feel good.'

VE+T, March April 2003,'a Japanese-inspired communal dining specialising in ramen and donburi'

Age, Sunday Life, Eat Streets, Dani Valent, 22/6/03

Cheap Eats 2003, Noodle Dish of the Year - Miso-ramen-tori.

Age, A2, Food & Wine, 10/5/03, John Weldon

SMH, Good Living, 25/3/03, Matthew Evans. One of the best picks of Melbourne's new eating opportunities.

Herald Sun, citystyle, Shared Experiences, 25/3/03, Michael Harden. Great for communal dining.

Herald Sun, sundaymagazine, dining, Graham Pearce, 2003, Score 6/10. Japanese themed serving very good dishes, especially the gyoza (dumplings). The overall package needs some fine tuning.

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