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178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 2311
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had been going here for years and it was great but this time, the prices had skyrocketed and the food was bland. REALLY over priced and not great- give it a miss...

Thank Craig Y
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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91 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Don't let the POOR street appeal prevent you from eating here. It looked like the locals knew where the good food at reasonable prices could be found. The service was even more impressive. 5 people Ordered, feed & paid for in 40 minutes. Decor has not change from the 3 star, yet the Duck Pancakes in my opinion are still... More 

Thank ceowarren
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

First time in Melbourne did not realise most restaurants close at 3pm and was Super hungry. Saw this and went in. Overall Food was not bad, ordered a noodle and soup, both were quite tasty. Order a 3 roast but came 3 roast rice. Duck was good but char Siew and roast pork is average. The place is good for... More 

Thank Seah J
Singapore, Singapore
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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Ordered Roast Duck noodle: 6/10 Duck very oil. Overpriced. Ordered Minced meat, scrambled egg. 2/10 Look like some vomit mixed with rice, tasteless and not edible! We eat one mouth, also wanted to vomit. When ask them what tim SUM they have, their reply: Normal TIM SUM They don't even understand what is tim sum... Got shock for a chinese... More 

Thank Belle1812
Uga, Spain
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433 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Just average Chinese bbq food here, you pay for their location in China town, but the most memorable part was the disgusting condition the rest room was in. Urine all over the floors (toilet & uranil ), taps left running, sink filthy, paper on floor, horrible smell, two containers of salts sitting on floor to mask the smell. Kitchen hands... More 

Thank whitepointer
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457 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

There are plenty of places in the area. We wandered in here. Doubtful we will again. Service is polite and quick, prices are reasonable BUT the food was bland and the wine was supposed to be Sav Blanc but wasn't. Disappointing.

Thank rama1
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24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

For our last meal in Melbourne before returning home, we decided on Chinese tucker, after hammering the pasta and pizza circuit over the last week. Not wanting to go "over the top", we found this venue hidden alongside its bigger brothers, in CBD Chinatown. Initially, when we first walked in the front door, I found the smell a bit overpowering,... More 

Thank DougK677
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Only over from Perth for a day, but my love of good duck brings me back here hoping its not changed, it hasn't. Easily located in China Town, just on the outer of the city mall, this venue has a extensive range of Chinese cuisine to temp most. The restaurant is clean, the mens bathrooms possibly could have a bit... More 

Thank C B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Ate here twice and had the roasted duck both times. The roasted duck really is delicious! The skin is roasted nicely and the meat is tender. A bowl of noodle soup with duck cost 11 dollars and you get a huge portion. Tried the Peking duck the 2nd time and the pancake used is a bit too thick to my... More 

Thank 813andil
Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Went here at Chinese New Year. Plenty fireworks outside but not in this restaurant. Got a glass of warm tea first. Waitress brought 2 dishes one to us and the other to another table. Repeated this then 2 of us sat waiting while our rice went cold. Reminded them of our order and asked for hot rice again. No apologies... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 2311

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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