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1 Shakespeare Gr, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 6116
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12:00 - 21:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in for a quick Malaysian curry lunch - under $10 and excellent. Haven't been for years and was as I remembered - quality food at reasonable prices. Can even get lakhsa.

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Thank John H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

They have broad range of asian - thai, indian, chinese mix. We had a quick takeaway back to our apartment. The food was good.

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Thank George R
Collingwood, Australia
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406 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

yup, the meals are cheap, but was it good? nahhhhhh! a strange mixture of mainly indian and some chinese dishes, i had rice with stir fry vegies in black bean sauce and beef vindaloo curry with brown rice. yes, it was sustainable, but I wouldn't reccommend it.

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Thank 1mightymouse
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Nice set of menu for meat and veg combo, price is right, and I'll definitely buy again trying other dishes

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Thank Emmil P
Watsonville, California
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252 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I could not pronounce the name of the dish I had for lunch but it was good. But, the interior is quite small and simple. The price was reasonable. the restaurant is very close to beach and the Luna amusement park. You need to pay for tram ride or taxi to get to this area.

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Thank 427BeatleBob
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

For over twenty years this place has been great.now change hands they are already unhappy and quite angry at working there.blandness of the food and the overpowering spicy ness doesn't compensate for poor quality. The stools are very uneven. The door locked and I opening it for customers not a word. We said thank you and no reaction. If you... More 

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Thank alan9999
Adelaide, Australia
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107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Bala's seems to have been around for years and I can remember eating takeaway from here what seems like only yesterday but was in fact quite a few years ago. I'm glad to say that the standard hasn't dropped at all and the food is still delicious. We had Mee Goreng and Butter Chicken, both of which were extremely tasty.... More 

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Thank Navek
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

We spied this cafe after walking on the beach and were pleasantly delighted with the Seouw and a chicken salad. These went down well. The staff were very efficient and always had a smile.

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St Kilda, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

This is local to us and the food is consistently of a high quality and freshly cooked.WE sometimes have take-away and that is also consistently good. Great value for money and ,although my husband cannot eat really spicy food he can still get things that suit his needs and are delicious.

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Thank Sheila S
Sydney
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

St Kilda is not the place to eat something Asian. It was late at night and to drive to Footscray or even Box Hill for a nice Asian curry was not an option. From the car park, I saw Balas' Cafe and from outside I saw their menu listing of Indian, Chinese, and Thai dishes. I went in and ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Indian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:30
Monday
12:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 21:30
Thursday
12:00 - 21:30
Friday
12:00 - 21:30
Saturday
12:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Shakespeare Gr, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9534 6116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?