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Niku Ou in the Melbourne CBD is relatively new to the dining scene in this bustling city, but it’s already making some serious waves. Specialising in Japanese cuisine, namely grilled meats, this stylish, chic and unique restaurant has Melbourne city folks seriously excited. Open for lunch and dinner, Niku Ou is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re in the mood to sink your teeth into some high-grade Wagyu, fresh sushi, sashimi, tempura or noodle soup. It’s all high-quality and it’s all delicious. Ideal for business lunches, romantic meals for two or special celebrations with all the family, we’re quite sure you’ll be blown away by the space and menu at this hotspot. Located on Bourke Street, right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, reservations at Niku Ou are essential to avoid disappointment.
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I knew that Niku Ou is another restaurant owned by the same owner for Wagyu Ya. To be frank, I was kinda disappointed at their service given that price point. The waiter can’t speak full English and he was kinda unpleasant. We ordered a foie gras sushi roll and they delivered a unagi avocado roll. We told the waiter and he said the picture differs from the real dishes. But we insisted they had delivered the wrong dish. After a while, he agreed to either change the price tag to unagi avocado roll or to re-order for us. His attitude could have been a lot better. Instead of hiring Japanese wait staff, I think they should hire someone with enthusiasm and speak full English. On the food perspective, their foie gras rice is good as usual. And they mix some soy sauce on our Wagyu platter. If the meat is fresh enough, why do they have to add soy sauce? That is perplexing. Most of the seasonal seafood was unavailable on the menu. I understand that since the pandemic hits logistics. Overall, I’d rate a 3 out of 6. 1 point deducted for service. 1 point deducted for soy sauce wagyu. 1 point deducted for missing menu item.
Beautiful atmosphere and the food was spectacular! Best beef I’ve had in Melbourne.
Amazing food and attentive staff. Can't ask for anything more especially when it's my fiancee's birthday! Highly recommended!
While Niku Ou Melbourne may be relatively new, the team behind it have a wealth of experience and expertise. The sister restaurant to Wagyu Ya, you’ll find the same high-quality dining experience, friendly service and delicious food. Japanese cuisine is centred around quality ingredients, and at Niku Ou you’ll find Wagyu with grades ranging from six to ten, the freshest seafood available and marinades and sauces all made in-house. If all this has your taste buds tingling, then believe us when we say that a trip to this Melbourne CBD restaurant is most definitely in order.
We recommend starting your culinary experience at Niku Ou Melbourne with starters such as the wasabi octopus; agedashi tofu; house-made gyozas filled with grade-nine Wagyu and the Hokkaido scallop carpaccio. Then, sushi lovers will want to try the special Niku sushi that involves selections like foie gras sushi and Wagyu nigiri. For larger Japanese options, select from any of the Wagyu meat platters; noodle soups; uni sashimi; kurobuta pork belly kushiyaki or the black cod with saikyo miso. With so much more on offer, you’re best bet is to discover Niku Ou on Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.
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