Permanently Closed - TORA Eatery & Bar

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13 reviews
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$40 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. A casual eatery serving up Japanese and Thai comfort food without all the fuss. With 3 intimate dining rooms, we can cater for small groups or large parties. Whether you're after a quiet dinner, a quick drink or a standing canape function, we've got it all covered.

Our popular chicken karaage marinaded in Thai spices paired with an authentic crispy Japanese batter will make you begging for more. We prefer not to use the 'f' word 'fusion', but rather a combination of Asian cultures to create the perfect balance of your favourite street snacks and comfort food.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese, Thai, Chinese (Taiwan)
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Hours of Operation
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(03) 9939 9231
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Daniel Liao
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Private Party Facilities
We have 3 separate dining spaces available for small to medium sized functions.
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Cross street
High street and Williams Road
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Parking Details
Ample street parking available on High St
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Take Away, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
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1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019

Great quality produce presented with a fragrant blend of asian flavours - I would have liked more hot spiced dishes - but I am a chilli/wasabi addict! The corn fritters and salmon were the stand-out plates for us and we also appreciated the quiet ambience of the restaurant.

1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019

The lamb shank was unreal. Everything else we had was also delicious, but the lamb shank is what foodie dreams are made of.

Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019

Fantastic venue, food was delicious. We’ll definitely return

1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019

Great food at a decent price. Our group had a great time

1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019

The food was delicious and fresh. Service was great.
We will definitely be going back.

TORA Eatery & Bar - Permanently Closed
Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you Angela for visiting. We're thrilled to hear of your feedback and hope to see you in again soon !

1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019

Was overall disappointing despite what I had read online. I was a little concerned when I walked in at 6.30PM on a Saturday night and we were the only table.

I throughly enjoyed our cocktails and starters however main course were lacking. Goat neck curry was the consistency of water and lacked flavour. Meat was chewy. Serving size was small for what is referred to as a “sharing plate”.

The ragu (noodles) were over cooked and again the sauce lacked depth and flavour.

I like fish but the barramundi just wasn’t my thing.

Service was good. Two waitresses were present and were very polite and attentive. Ambiance was nice, cozy and quiet.

Overall I was disappointed. Food quality and value for money just was there compared to what else is available in the area.

TORA Eatery & Bar - Permanently Closed
Responded on 14 May 2019

Hi Dion, thank you for your review. We're extremely sorry to hear of your disappointing experience on two of our most popular dishes which is definitely a first for us. We take pride in all the dishes served and have extremely high standards with the quality of food. Nevertheless, we do appreciate your feedback and thanks again for your patronage.

Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019

Lovely ambience, friendly service, but extremely slow. Not very good value and limited menu. I'll try again though.

1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019

This is a fairly low key looking restaurant which we might not have tried if hadnt been recommended. We were not disappointed - the food was amazing - every dish we had was delicious and all at such a reasonable price . Will definitely be back. It would be great to see a few more people there - I'll definitely be spreading the word.

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Dined on 20 March 2019

A great Asian inspired fusion (Japanese,Taiwanese and Thai) casual restaurant, serving 'street style' food. The service was friendly and attentive and the quality and flavour of the dishes was outstanding. This was our third visit. 👍🙂

Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018

This is the cutest little bar-cafe with a great eclectic menu and attentive service. Food was great and the noise levels so much lower than other similar bars. It was a pleasure to sit and chat easily whilst eating great food and enjoying a drink. Highly recommended.

Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018

Served up food that was just so yummy. Can’t ask for more than that when u go out. The combo of Thai/Japanese food is unique and the flavours were bang on.

New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018

So delighted to have this gem as our neighbourhood local. Delicious food great for sharing and very reasonably priced wine. Lovely friendly service.

1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018

The food and service was brilliant. A good variety to select from.
We will definitely be coming back in future.

TORA Eatery & Bar - Permanently Closed
Responded on 9 December 2018

Thank you Kathy for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!