We hope you are sitting down when you are reading this because this is some game changing, all-you-can-eat, family friendly eats news! Not everyone is a fan of all you can eat family spots because, honestly they can be pretty intense. Over crowded buffets with questionable food (looking directly at you tray of cold chips), kids flying around all over the place doing their best to sneeze under all the sneeze shields and usually an ice cream machine that is always broken. Good times.
Never fear because the incredible Okami Japanese Restaurant has done the impossible, combining a beautiful venue, terrific service, succulent food with a fabulously valued all you can eat family experience. We popped in with an array of kids of all ages to put Okami to the test, from a tantrum prone toddler, a vegetable shy 7 year old up to a tween who…lets be honest, nobody knows what is going on in their heads.
We visited the brand new Glenunga venue (their other space is out at Newton) and were welcomed by a spacious and impeccably designed restaurant which tows the line perfectly between looking fancy without being scary for parents of a loud toddler. This is where it gets REALLY good. Simply pop down at your table and choose whatever you want from the menu, with table service bringing whatever your hearts (or tummy’s) desire, freshly cooked moments later.
Try a spread of the menu, to really test out the tastebuds, with so many tasty options to choose from, it is kind of hard to recommend what to try! (That is a lie…if you don’t eat a kilo of Karaage Chicken we will be very disappointed in you. Not angry, just disappointed). The fabulous staff whipped out a high chair and some toddler proof plates and cutlery for Mr 1, which he used to lovingly devour a few kilos of fried rice and half a dozen spring rolls amongst other things.
The menu options are seemingly endless, with entree and main size options all included in the all you can eat price. Did we mention dessert? Because that is included too! Some options are limited to one per person but vanilla ice cream is all you can eat, which our crew could not get enough of. Our crew are usually fairly fussy, so there was a little question mark on how they would go, veering away from usual pub fare, but they all found their niche menu items and just loved it.
Pricing wise its really good value (we cannot wait to go back) and they don’t charge the world for kids (in fact kids under 3 are free!)
Their All You Can Eat menu for Adults is $36.80 and kids below;
- Under 3 years are FREE
- 4-8 years are $18
- 9-12 years are $22
If Japanese fare is your thing, and for a lot of us it is, this has to be on your bucket list. Even writing this and reviewing all the photos makes us want to book in for a sneaky lunch because to be honest, we have been dreaming of karaage chicken ever since we went!