Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Takumi, Melbourne

32 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9650 7020
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12-2pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun 6-10pm

My travelling companion had researched some Melbourne restaurants and suggested trying out Takumi for their yakiniku so off we set. This restaurant is located right at the top of Bourke St, far away on the other side of the city.

As we were a little early, we stopped by on a cafe nearby. I forget the name of the cafe as I didn't really want to remember or care to go again. The staff were not welcoming and came up to us without even a menu (however I noticed other patrons were provided with menus).

To top it off, the seats were very cramped together and another man in the cafe kept on pushing his chair against the back of my travelling companion without an "Excuse Me" or a "Do you mind moving your chair a little for me." He simply kept on pushing his chair.

A little later, another man sat behind me and at least this one was a bit better and politely enough asked if I minded moving my seat a little for him. This is how cramped this little place was.

Flat White
We wanted to get out of there and escaped over to Takumi.

Takumi Table Setting
The decor of Takumi was nice, simple and very clean.

Unfortunately, the BBQ buffet wasn't available for lunch, we went for the:
"No. 1 Takumi Yakiniku Special" at $29.80 per person
- Cuts of wagyu beef slices, chef's selection of seasonal vegetables, steamed rice and miso soup

BBQ Grill w/ beef and vegetables
The sliced raw beef looked like it was very good quality and there was a nice selection of vegetables (sweet potato, zucchini, capsicum, eggplant, mushrooms).

Grill w/ vegetables
Grill w/ beef and mushrooms
BBQ beef on rice
The food, quality and selection was very good. The problem was the quantity provided for the price tag. If you have a very small appetite and plenty of cash, Takumi will do. However in terms of value for money, Takumi would rank very low.

The buffet menu is $55 for person and has a very very limited selection of items available. In comparison, other restaurants such as Nishiki, Suminoya etc offer a much larger selection in their buffet menus. As much as bbq beef is quite delicious especially if it is good quality beef, there's only so much beef you want to eat and it's nice to have some other dishes thrown in for the meal.

Takumi Bill
Given the tiny portion of food provided, $60 for 2 for lunch was exceedingly expensive. It may be worth trying out their buffet for dinner even with its limited selection as their beef quality and the decor of the restaurant is pleasant.

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