Melbourne is flush with modern Asian cuisine, but few pull out all the stops to offer a considered fusion of Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Japanese and Korean as Taste Buds Kitchen and Bar, a stylish Doncaster East restaurant easily spotted down the stretch of Doncaster Road near the junction with Blackburn Road thanks to its unmissable neon signage. The ethos in the kitchen is all hawker-style street food by day and more refined a la carte dining by night, all underpinned by a restaurant whose chic design encourages communal dining and adventurous appetites.
Excellent little spot on Doncaster Road. The food was delicious and I particularly liked their use of the iPads for ordering. Made things nice and efficient. Loved It!
Small cosy restaurant in Doncaster offering great Asian fusion with excellent service. Try the Korean chicken wings variety and the Beef Sliders and hot pots.
Many Doncaster East locals head to Taste Buds Kitchen and Bar for the simple pleasure of a few plates of Asian fusion-style tapas and drinks – Japanese sake, Korean soju, domestic and imported beers and a great selection of wines and cocktails. Non-alcoholic beverages include such Asian favourites as homemade milk tea or lemon tea. Order up some share plates of Korean kimchi pancake or Korean fried chicken (not that kind of KFC), grilled baby snapper, slow-cooked duck ssam and hunker down for an afternoon or evening with friends in a spot that is becoming well-known in Melbourne as a quality Asian fusion joint.
Gyoza, spring rolls, lotus chips, and the bulgogi beef or soft shell crab Taste Buds slider are signature starters that are ideal for whetting your appetite for the Asian fusion onslaught that follows. Wok-fried hawker-style crispy chicken or the Singapore chilli prawn are popular dishes for those who like a good flash in the frying pan and immediate satisfaction. Rice and noodle dishes from around Asia jostle for attention further into the menu, with lesser-known delicacies like the Korean bibim guksu enticing fans of Asian fusion cuisine from across Melbourne to make the jaunt down over to Doncaster East. Indeed, Taste Buds Kitchen and Bar’s Doncaster Road premises packs out regularly so be sure to book to avoid disappointment.