You tell us:

If you were forced to choose, which would you go without:?
Food 23.21 %
Wine 76.79 %
( 336 Votes)
For a two-course meal, would you prefer dessert or entree?
Dessert 44.94 %
Entree 55.06 %
( 316 Votes)

- Podcasts
- News

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner



Ocha - Mon, 20th Jul 2009
156 Pakington St, Kew
Ph: (03) 9853-6002
Prices: Mains $20-$30
Style: Japanese
22nd Mar 2018

Our top 5's:

Dave and Alicia's Best :
  1 : Tetsuya's
  2 : Attica
  3 : Vue de Monde
  4 : Bistro Guillaume
  5 : Rockpool Bar and Grill
Lachie & Sarah's Picks :
  1 : Attica
  2 : Jacques Reymond
  3 : The Lake House
  4 : Pearl
  5 : Matteo's

Quick Links:

News Archives:
  Feb 2018
  Jan 2018
  Dec 2017
  Nov 2017
  Oct 2017
  Sep 2017
  Show all


Review by Dave
Ocha is one of those places you'll never find, unless you're told about it. Hidden away in suburban Kew, we managed to secure a Friday night booking at the rather specific time of 8:10pm only because of a cancellation. From all reports, being on the waiting list for a table is the norm here, and regulars book their next visit as they leave. And for good reason.

A tiny twenty-odd seater, Ocha hits all the right notes: original, but not to the point of ignoring time honored Japanese techniques, it's arguably the best traditional Japanese you'll find in Melbourne, if you can find a table. Regulars will recommend the specials board, changing daily. We could have happily ordered purely from that, but the menu offers several temptations that we couldn't resist. Of particular note is the soft shell crab (the way crab was meant to be!), and also the Agedashi Tofu, deep-fried cubes of tofu topped with bonito flakes and served in a flavourful broth. For Alicia to like tofu, you know it has to be spectacular!

Also rather intriguing was a wasabi icecream, a competition between hot and cold in your mouth and sinuses that was oddly pleasing. It's something you just have to try. The wine list is small, but happily BYO is an option (wine only) so although we didn't hold back on ordering we were left with a rather smaller bill than we were expecting, for a meal of this quality. At the end of the day, we'll be going back soon - if we can get a table!

We ate:
Specials, changing daily.

We drank:
BYO wine


Leave a comment:
(Will not be displayed)
Alert me to replies to my post (Email req'd)
Type the word in the image:

Reload Image





All content copyright © 2008 Gourmet Husbands. For privacy statement, please click here