Adelaide, South Australia

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Imagine all the prawn sushi you can eat, and chicken teriyaki, and California maki, and ... you can enjoy it all at Aroma - Adelaide's first all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant. It sits above the crowds window-shopping restaurants and admiring the chefs in the front window slicing barbecued ducks and lassoing hand-made noodles in the air.
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31 Gouger Street,
Shop 4
Adelaide CBD SA 5000


Adelaide CBD



Asian, Japanese, Korean

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Licensed & BYO (wine only)

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Trudging up the well-worn, carpeted steps to Aroma, you wonder what you are in for. Its first-floor position does not allow windows of opportunity to attract foot traffic as is part of the Chinatown fun. It sits above the crowds window-shopping restaurants and admiring the chefs in the front window slicing barbecued ducks and lassoing hand-made noodles in the air.

On street level, Aroma's posters spruik the curious combination of Korean cuisine and Japanese buffet. The latter is enough to lure interested parties upstairs, intrigued by promise of a never-ending sushi supply.

The restaurant's glass sliding door shields a swarm of eager young ladies wielding menus, keen to have you in. It is a huge restaurant. Buffet feasting is geared toward the rear, while the front section hosts Aroma's Korean counterpart. Its tables are set with barbecue plates ready to grill marinated meats. Summon an Aroma special combo and you will be cooking wagyu beef, king prawns and ox tongue at your table. Then there is the delight of bibimbab - hot pots flavour-filled with a colourful combination of meat and vegetables over rice. Their savoury smells make it hard to cross the room for alternate Japanese treats.

Rest assured this is not a buffet in the true sense. You will not be confronted with dried rice and "fragrant" fish left on display for hours. It is sushi and sashimi after all - the epitome of fresh is best. Order from the menu and its dishes will keep on coming to you, for one an hour at lunch and two for dinner. A three dollar surcharge is added to your bill for each unfinished plate, but who would want to waste the likes of ethereally fresh slivers of tuna, salmon, kingfish, eel, seaweed, crab, lobster ships…
Roz Taylor

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175 pax


Cheap & Cheerful
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Something Different
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.


This restaurant has not being recommended yet.
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Steph - 12/01/2013
My friend and I came to Aroma for lunch. Staff were friendly and took our orders promplty. Choice of food was good and came out fairly quickly. Would've loved to have some dessert options on the menu though! Overall had a good experience here and will be coming back again. Great value for money!
Eerie - 21/08/2012
My husband,Best friend and her boyfriend went to Aroma for my birthday dinner, let me just say that this restaurant needs a lot of improvement. We chose the more expensive menu, which had a larger variety. We ordered drinks, 2 out of 4 were not available so then we ordered something else in place of those that were currently unavailable, again they come back and tell us those particular drinks were not available either. Then we ordered our food, we got the first order alright, but then from that point on, we struggled getting any service and IF any of the hot food we ordered came to us, it was cold or undercooked. Let me just say, it was not a very pleasing experience to eat there on my birthday, it was very lacklustre and we ended up leaving with only paying for our drinks. Advice to the owners of this site, I do believe it's important for consumers to be able to voice their reviews as they see fit, as other consumers deserve the right to know, what they are in for when dining out ahead of time as to avoid wasting time and money on a bad experience.