Hihou

3.4
75 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Casual
Hihou has an extensive drinks list with great food to match.This restaurant should be put on top of your list for date night or to wow out of towners. Make sure you ring the buzzer when you get to the door and one of the waiters will come and greet you.
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Food
3.0
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3.9
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3.0
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2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was brilliant, service - efficient, we had a great time, thank you!

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KY
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Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Not the best food and it took a long time between courses, but the place has a good ambiance. I would come back for drinks.

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NK
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Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

I used to go here all the time and it was amazing. I booked for dinner at 7pm for my partners birthday and asked for a nice seat. When greeted the gentleman said we could sit anywhere we liked and didn’t receive my special request and when we sat down in the “4 people only” seat he said he would have to relocate us if 4 people come in. The whole restaurant was nearly empty. I said ok. The service was terrible and the staff could not understand what I was asking them nor give us recommendations. Poor/ no English. Our bill was 200 for two people -Food was very expensive for a below average experience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

The food and drinks over priced. One of the worst establishments that I’ve ever been to in Melbourne for the price.
Service horrible, the waiter forgot the order. Too long to bring the food out.

Edamame was brought out uncooked, unflavoured.

Service standards compared to other venues was very low.

Example: bringing water out in glasses.
Instead, bring the glasses out and pour the water out of a nice vase.

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Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

We were sat at a communal table in the bar next to a large loud party. It took 35 minutes to receive menus. The food was outstanding, portions tiny for the money and not made of anything super fancy.

It’s a shame, I liked the drinks, loved the flavours but the service was a major let down. It took 4 hours from sitting to last course of a 5 course ‘banquet’ more like a snacklet. The vegetarian first course was a plate of crisps....

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TC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Food was really good but worst service I’ve ever received in my life. Staff were rude, ignored us, debated us on what we ordered, didn’t communicate with each other, and were just overall shocking. Do not go here on a date! I went with friends but definitely an extremely awkward experience. Would not reccomend if you want a relaxed romantic time

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BW
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Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

We were given our cocktails which were really good. Then never approached again about having food which was the main reason we came. After 30 mins I went over and asked for some food menus. The food that came out was unexplained and no further inquiry as to whether we may want more or not or deserts or drinks after dinner.
I paid and we let ourselves out.
For a place which I’d heard good things, it was completely underwhelming and I wouldn’t return. I’m sure it could be nice but our service was terrible bordering rude and I was left with a bad taste in my mouth.

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CR
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Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant, lovely wait staff and delicious food.

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JW
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Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening! The perfect evening to have a table by the window and look out onto the park. The food, the wine and the service was superb. My work colleague from Sydney was suitably impressed.

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Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoyed the ambience of this place, the five course degustation and paired drinks was of very good value. Service was professional and friendly, and I liked how it felt a little exclusive to be buzzed into the restaurant.

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SM
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Dined on 29 January 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

My wife and I were recommended Hihou a while back by friends in the hospitality industry - specifically, people who know that we love sake. It took way too long to try this spot out, and perhaps that didn't work in our favour, but, I would say we are glad we finally got around to it.

However, Hihou is not the sort of spot you can hunker down in for hours at a time. The chairs at the front window aren't comfortable, and there are a lot of wooden stools elsewhere; reading reviews by others I get the feeling that towards the back of the bar/restaurant there may be a more comfortable area, but, we didn't see that, so, I can't really comment.

Hihou has a great bar -- it's striking visually, and the contents are also noteworthy. They seem to have gone in big with the Enomatic by-the-glass dispenser, which, in the case of sake, was a bit of a shame -- there were very few sakes available by the bottle, which is what we were after. You're pushed towards glasses, 100ml and 300ml instead.

The menu at Hihou is basic, but has some definite winners (we quite liked the dumplings) - however, and this was my fault, I was under the impression that Hihou was a restaurant which had a bar. It's not. It's a bar, and generally designed (at least in our experience) to get you in and out.

Hihou would shine as a quick-drink destination, a small bite to eat, but if you're looking for a long and comfortable meal with great sake, you'll find better options elsewhere.

Will we be back? Maybe. Staff was excellent, service was great, but we definitely prefer a slightly different experience.

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Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great bar, but the food was a sad, and at its best, a average story.
Nothing actually wrong, eg the tuna was exellent itselves, but the taste was just boring. We would probably be back for drinks, but never again for food. The only thing that impressed, was the tuna cigars, wich was exellent!

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SC
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Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Discovered this place through a friend only a few months back and have been back multiple times since. Great sharing food, interesting cocktails. Amazing ambience.

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Dined on 12 October 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Hidden gem in plain sight. Ring to bell to be let into a very cool space. Upstairs bar gas a great range of the finest Japan beverages... And a tapas style Japanese menu. Oh, and great staff!

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Dined on 9 October 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, really tasty quality food but over priced and small servings we were really disappointed. The bar is nice for a drink but we won't be back for food.

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Dined on 1 October 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A good selection of Japanese wine and sake. The warm plum wine is super good for winter. Food is delicious but very small portioned. Better for late night drink.

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Dined on 16 July 2016
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

We thought we were coming for dinner in the restaurant as booked, but we were sitting in the bar area with a different menu from expectation.
There was a lack of service from staff, we had to request to get food menu and to order drinks.
This experience would have been 'just ok' if we had reserved a table knowing it was bar seating and menu, overall very dissapointed.

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Dined on 30 April 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

We found the service a bit of a let down- it wasn't bad because the staff were professional and knowledgeable and pleasant but they were slow, we kept having to get their attention. Maybe they needed more staff on. The food itself - gyoza and tuna were delicious, the rest was average, buckwheat pancakes in particular were cold and rubbery. The ambience/ lighting/ decor were all very nice and felt up market. Probably a good place to go for a drink but not for a meal.

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Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great bar with fantastic selection of Sake, Japanese Plum wine, cocktails, decent Wine list, Japanese whisky etc. food is exquisite - coffee infused salmon sashimi orgasmic amongst others. Sophisticated fit out with intimate spaces. I'm from Sydney so just wish it was here. Damn you Melbourne!

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Dined on 17 November 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We returned here to celebrate our anniversary - it was a lovely evening! The staff are very attentive and the food is fantastic - a hidden gem. Request a table near the window for great views across Fitzroy Gardens.

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Dined on 30 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked for a celebration, service, ambience, style, location and food and cocktails- wine - liquor all fantastic

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Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to unwind. Impeccable service and sophisticated setting.

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Dined on 16 October 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely restuarant with a great set up, particularly the couch area. Good Japanese plum wine. Great place to drink and talk.

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Dined on 26 September 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing value for money, great service! Will definitely be back again! Perfect afternoon!

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Dined on 11 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A friend introduced me to this place. Loved it so much I told all my friends about it. We were seated upstairs at the back. Intimate enough but spacious for 4 people. We ordered 1 of each item from the menu. Food was fab but I'd avoid the chicken dish. Nothing special. They also have a great range of whiskey which we loved.

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Dined on 11 September 2015
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very small portion sizes for the sharing dishes. We ordered 4-5 and left still feeling hungry.

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Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing little bar with great atmosphere and perfect selection of Japanese whiskey and food

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Dined on 2 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere, one of the city's best Japanese places in my opinion. Simple, small, interesting plates and great service.

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Dined on 27 August 2015
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great service and ambiance but food was average.

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Dined on 24 August 2015
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I did not feel overly welcomed or comfortable when entering the premises. The place was quiet, and felt cold in terms of atmosphere (not temperature). We were not greeted with warm smiles which was the very first impression we got.

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Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was my second time visiting HiHou and it didn't disappoint. Food, service and cocktails were exceptional. Special thanks to the staff for providing a lovely birthday cake for our special occasion event. Lovely addition to our evening!

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Dined on 12 August 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Hihou has a tasty selection of nibbles and sides to go with their excellent selection of Sake, Plum wines, Umeshu and cocktails.I love going to Hihou to lounge around on their couches and try a new tasty Sake.

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Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely decor and ambience. Was reminded of a Tokyo bar. Tub chairs uncomfortable so opt for high stools if possible

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Dined on 5 August 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I met a colleague at Hihou for a business meeting, but we wanted to treat ourselves to something nice as it was a bit of a celebration.It floored me totally. It has a real mystique about it. The service was fantastic, food incredible, and they gave me three of best vodka martinis I've ever had. Our table overlooked the Treasury Gardens, and could talk easily while we grazed our way through the shared menu. It was perfect.

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Dined on 1 August 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely servers, very helpfulYummy snacky foodsExciting cocktail list

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Dined on 25 July 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went earlier then our booking time but staff are more than accommodating. We were then taken to the lounge area which is super cool, Staff were very knowledgeable in recommending drinks. Such a cool place!

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Dined on 24 July 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Melbourne bar experience. Everything from the obscure entrance to interior design, the impeccable service to tasty dishes, and an absolutely fantastic drinks menu, this was a great Friday night out!! The waiters are great - there was a guy who helped us pick out sake and took the time to explain how the sake grading system works, and "Hiruko" makes the best gin cocktails. We were sitting at the bar and just ordered what she was making for other people, they looked that good!

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Dined on 22 July 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing whisky and matched Japanese delicacies. Highly recommended.

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Dined on 22 July 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the Suntory Whisky Degustation which was fabulous, we loved the intimate booth setting. Food was amazing.

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Dined on 22 July 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service and great staff. Great whisky selection

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