Pop Up Buddha

4.3
14 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Pre/post Theatre
Pop-Up Buddha is open from December 2018 to December 2019, it has been created due to the pending closure of Chocolate Buddha for renovations in March 2019. Our offering is izakaya style and varies from the Chocolate Buddha menu until Chocolate Buddha closes when we will bring some of our guests most loved dishes across. We hope you enjoy our short tenure in this fabulous location.

Pop-Up Buddha respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and pays respect to the elders, past and present.

What 14 People Are Saying
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LT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great good service and fabulous atmosphere Beautiful night to sit outside
Thank you once again

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LH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the food and the space, hiccup with our booking being cancelled an hour before causing panic and a visit there to be told it was their mistake.

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SO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chocolate Buddha was a great dining experience. I am currently on a restricted diet and the staff were very accommodating and helpful. The food was delicious and we will definitely be returning (hopefully next time I will be able to eat more of the menu).

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ML
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire dining experience at Pop Up Buddha was excellent, with well trained and pleasant staff. When we arrived we received a very warm and friendly greeting and were offered a choice of tables. Our waitress was excellent in terms of offering advice and adjusting the servings to suit our numbers. The sommelier was very helpful, she clearly knew the wines and was able to provide specific descriptions to enable a good choice. The food was fresh and delicious. My dining companions had not eaten at this restaurant before and all three have vowed to return.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Food not executed as well as the original chocolate Buddha

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SW
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night and excellent space. Not over crowed and all the patrons appear to be enjoying themselves. The food selection was a little different than the larger Buddha, but was very enjoyable. Good wine and excellent service - will be back.

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MH
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love coming - am enjoying the pop up while Chocolate Buddha goes through a revamp!!

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JE
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great. Lovely food (even tho' we ordered too much) and my wine was delish. Service great, happy they've created this lovely pop up while the 'main' venue is being redone.

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K
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious food and friendly staff in nice setting by river. With hot evening, sitting outside was sadly not an option and inside was bit hot too despite air con.
Great to have pop up Buddha while we wait for Chocolate Buddha's renovations.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Amazing food, which makes up for the noise level. Service was a bit slow but once served out food came out relatively quickly. Good idea to pre book to ensure a table.

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MH
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I have been a regular at Chocolate Buddha so enjoyed trying the pop up as something a bit new. Still a fantastic menu, lots of options and our meals were delicious. Ambience and decor beautiful.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent venue for dinner. Great food, a rare find with the associated reasonable price. Staff are very friendly and attentive. Will be visiting again.

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CN
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food fabulous service love the dedicated Gluten free menu and staff very knowledgeable friendly and informative we will be back and definitely recommend

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BA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

New Year's Eve here - excellent location, easy access to transport. Great food, prompt, professional service. Will be back next visit to Melbourne...

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