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Tempura Hajime

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60 Park Street, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Superb fresh sushi and tempura. Chef prepares in front of you. Typical gracious Japanese service. Set menu 2 choices. Not inexpensive but worth it. Later in evening when some guests left, had interesting conversation with chef. Only 12 places around cooking area.

Thank Fra P
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Came here with my sister for my bday dinner. We were hoping to get some good omakase experience like we had in Japan and it doesn't dissapoint. The place is really nice, service was excellent. We ordered the 10 course Tempura + Sashimi Omakase. Just because we thought we will be super full if we had the sushi course as... More 

Thank Cherilia P
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

12 seater Japanese Restaurant specialising in Tempura. A choice of 8 -10 Tempura pieces served individually with other courses of Sashimi, chicken or wagyu beef. Just came back from a trip to Japan and it brought back lovely memories. Very tasty food and lovely Sake also available

Thank drichia
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

the restaurant seats 12 people at the bar looked after by 2 waiters with one chef cooking from 2 stations the most exquisite Japanese tempura in Australia supplemented by fresh Sushi and sashimi. It is a genuine Osaka, Japan experience.

1 Thank graemephillips2016
Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

The staff, the ambience and the feeling of being 'special' because you are one of only 12 diners in the place. Exceptional service and impeccable presentation for the courses. Every course was amazing and there was decent explanation. The food were mouth watering. Don't be deceive by the size of each course because by the time you finish the 8... More 

Thank CWKB2
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

If you are in Melbourne, you have to go to Tempura Hajime. You will need to book ahead as there is only 12 seats available. I had only been to Tokyo 2 weeks ago so to have Japanese tempura in Melbourne was the same as if in Japan. The restaurant was if it was plucked out of Japan and placed... More 

Thank Glenda L
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70 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

It was an intimate setting, all 12 diners around a counter with the chef on the other side of the counter doing tempuras. We started the set menu with little cold dishes of spinach, chicken in some mayo and cooked tuna. Then we were served, arguably the freshest sashimi pieces with freshly grated wasabi. The tempura pieces were unique such... More 

1 Thank fuzzytraveller
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Great tempuras, great sake, great wine, great service. No fancy walls, no fancy atmosphere. Simple design, straight to the point. What an experience ?! Highly recommend it.

2 Thank antoine h
Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Boutique restaurant with excellent Japanese delicacies. Service is outstanding and personable. Enjoyed coming here and would visit again

Thank Michael_Swallow
Port Douglas, Australia
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70 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Had high expectations .small japanese 12 seat restaraunt. Nice room.set menu at night . Have been to similar places in japan where the food is great and the chefs are entertaining have a filling lunch before you come for dinner..the chef deals with 12 people and thus service is very slow. Excruciating slow..while its nice to see him work that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$52 - US$105
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Park Street, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: 96960051

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?