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Westlake Restaurant

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189 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 2048
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Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been coming here for 25 years for Yum Cha. In recent times I only visit once a year and it is always enjoyable and I always look forward to my next visit even before I have walked out the door. The service is very Chinese, not to big on the small talk or niceties but it is effective... More 

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Thank Dean K
Hyderabad, India
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dear Madam/Sir, RE: Westlake restaurant situated inside the Chinatown of Melbourne is a perfect place to dine for those seafood and meat lovers. The attractive restaurant sells sea creatures available for the guests to choose and select their live stock. Crab, lobster and fish could be cooked as per the guest requirement and quantity size of the portion. Roast duck... More 

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Daylesford, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 946 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yum Cha is such a wonderful way to catch up with friends - to share on a round table - to delight in small dishes and a myriad of tastes. That's the way it used to be at Westlake. Now $100 for 4 person yum cha with only Chinese tea as drinks and no special dishes and choices that were... More 

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Uga, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I despise places that charge a % for using a credit card. They make a lot of margin off food and alcohol and to charge additional when u get to the register is just wrong. By the way according to the law in Australia you have to advise people that this is the case before they order. Some places print... More 

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2 Thank whitepointer
Colac, Australia
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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After being waved randomly to a table whilst the "maitre d" continued his conversation with a staff member, without looking at us, the waitress then stood over us almost demanding that we place our order. We asked for a drink and as soon as 2 beers ordered, the wine list was whisked away (quite grumpily) never to appear again. We... More 

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Daylesford, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We met friends for a catch up lunch at an old favourite restaurant. The staff were helpful and informative, but we thought the yum cha options lacked excitement and we were disappointed. We also thought it was expensive, so we will probably try other places in the future.

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1 Thank Karen M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food taste was awfull. Staff were grumpy and unclean!!.. the food was really overpriced. never go there.

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bendigo, australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have tried others, but always come back to Westlake. The food is great, and it has a real Chinatown atmosphere. Never disappointed! We go for early lunch and as we leave there is always a queue of people waiting to come in.

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Thank CheekyMareAustralia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just coincidentally had dinner two nights in a row at the West Lake restaurant. 1. Free range steam chicken 9/10 2. Peking duck 7/10 3. Garlic stir fry Snow peas 10/10 4. Steam parrot fish 6/10 5. Stir fry broccoli 10/10 6. Beef ribs 7/10 7. Pork cheek with jellyfish 7/10 8. Spinach 8/10 The food was generally good. Though... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busy, crowded, lots of Asian tourists. That means that the food is not overly expensive and fairly genuine! We go there regularly every few weeks.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 2048

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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

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Chinatown
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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