Thursday, November 25, 2010

chocolate buddha - federation square

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Ah Chocolate Buddha. I used to love you what feels like a million years ago when I first moved to Melbourne (in reality 7). I was hugely disappointed with visits in the more recent years, coupled with my utter disdain for their sister restaurant Soul Mama, and you have a relatively soured opinion. I try and avoid it as much as possible but for some reason I cant EVER remember that Movida Next Door is closed on Mondays so we ended up at Chocolate Buddha out of desperation.

The service was one million times improved from recent years. I would actually describe the service as "good" though you have to flag the servers down, as they consciously avoid eye contact and revisiting your table.

The food? The food used to be jaw droppingly incredible, this trip nothing spectacular but I only felt it was slightly too expensive for what it is. But I guess if I couple in their location you could call it even.

The nasu dengaku was lovely, perfectly cooked and the sauce was delicious. The sunomono salad was also very nice (Clare didn’t like it), the dumplings were lovely and the best dish of the evening, I just wish there were more of them. The tofu steak I liked, though found the sauce flavour too subtle. As said not amazing but not bad either. Helpfully all vegetarian items are labelled with a green v and green item number. I would recommend as a back up, if you are in that neck of the woods and in need of some quick food. They also have Monteiths on tap which is a win.

Deets: cnr Flinders and Swanston St, Federation Square web: http://www.chocolatebuddha.com.au/
$$: nasu dengaku $9 gyoza $9.80 tofu steak $11 sunomono salad $12.5

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mel: hot or not
the ninja review (love this writing style!)

7 comments:

  1. I went there once many years ago and the service was so bad that I have never returned. your pics look lovely and it is nice to hear service is better nowadays

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  2. Well, the food certainly looks delicious though...

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  3. Not a fan, never been a fan. Totally overpriced and bland!! For what it is, Wagamama does it better, and I'm not a huge fan of that place in Aus either.

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  4. they seem to do small dishes a lot better than they do their proper meals. tofu steak looks pretty good...though probably not enough to get me back there =P

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  5. I saw your comment on Dmitri Orlov's blog and followed links to here. You are so lucky to live in Brunswick! OK, maybe not the living there part because much of the housing is kinda daggy, (we lived in Elwood when we were in Oz, which was nicer but more expensive). To be able to eat in Brunswick, though! One of my favourite quick trips when I could wag some time off from other activities was to take the 19 tram up to Balha's for some sweets and then scamper across the road to the Phoenecian for a Lebanese pizza that I could scarf on the tram back home.

    Agree with you on Soulmama. While my wife and I are not vegetarian, we do appreciate veggo food. Went there one time for the birthday party of a mate in our anti-nuke group and the food was crap. It's the kind of bland, undercooked stuff that gives vegetarian cuisine a bad name. How that place stays in business is beyond my comprehension.

    Enjoy yourself! You're in one of the better places for food in the world.

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  6. great blog...love your photos too. was wondering where you get your vegie box from?..would love to be able to get a box of great organic veg each week but im not sure where to go for something like that.

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  7. hi schlep! heres the details of the veg box:

    http://www.easyasveganpie.net/2010/04/moreland-organic-food-co-op.html

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