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Takumi Japanese Restaurant

32 Bourke Street
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Tel : +61 3 9650 7020
Cuisine: Japanese
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Proud to be Melbourne's only Wagyu beef specialist, Takumi Japanese restaurant is a spacious and comfortable eatery just outside Melbourne's Chinatown.A concept Japanese restaurant, Takumi selects only the highly quality Wagyu with offers an impressive selection of prime cuts, seafood and vegetables to be cooked over tableside barbecues.

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Centrally located at the Spring Street end of Bourke Street.

This contemporary Japanese restaurant is a Wagyu specialist and offers a wide array of choice cuts of this marbled, melt-in-the-mouth meat. Takumi also differs from many restaurants due to its sumibi yakiniku style of cookery, where food is cooked at the table over charcoal. Diners can be their own Iron Chef – choose a set menu or select a variety of items for the smokeless grille and start cooking. Seafood and vegetables are also available for the grille as well as the premium Wagyu cuts such as jo-karubi (rib eye cap), jo-rosu (porterhouse) and tan (ox tongue) and with cuts differing in quality and levels of marbling, staff are on hand to help select a combination of complementary items.

Other specialties here include scallop sashimi infused with carrot and onion sauce, salmon carpaccio or traditional Wagyu beef stew. Alternatively try the Takumi special of thinly-sliced Wagyu fillet, lightly grilled and dressed with minced onion and a citrus seasoning. There’s also a selection of small dishes designed to partner sake, of which there is a good selection, as well as shochu and Japanese beers. Edamame, sea snails with kimchi sauce, boiled scallops with wasabi or a combination of the above make an excellent accompaniment. Lunchtimes see an assortment of excellent bento boxes on offer or try a Wagyu hamburger to eat in or take away. Takumi means connoisseur in Japanese and with its scrupulous service, attention to detail and dedication to offering the best quality Wagyu available, Takumi aims to please.

Angela Costanzo

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Most reviews of Takumi (Melbourne) raved about the melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef so there I headed. Ok, the various types of beef cuts were delicious but wait, there’s more. As I stepped into the posh restaurant when it opened at 6pm for dinner I did not detect any BBQ smell in the air associated with grilling/BBQing eateries. Unusual…. The (yakiniku) grill crockery would have seen grease over its lifespan yet it was spotlessly clean or even sparkling round the edges. Unusual…. I slowly felt the heat from the charcoal as the grill warmed up. Good time to exfoliate my face while I wait, I thought to myself. The place must have turbo-charged the air-con as we were comfortably cool upon leaning back on our seats. I have been thoroughly entertained yakiniku-ing my food. The staff were welcoming and responsive too. This restaurant was unusually right in many  08/01/2012

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