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“Disappointing”

Dragon Boat Restaurant
Ranked #1,171 of 4,572 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Reviewed 9 December 2017

My husband and I had wonderful memories of the excellent yum cha (dim sum) eaten in Melbourne when we lived there for a while. So after we checked into our hotel near Chinatown, we headed to Dragon Boat, based on the recommendation of a woman at reception. Alas, we failed to have the expected dining experience.

The clean, well-maintained restaurant itself was bright and cheery with typical Chinese decor. A huge street-side window brought much natural illumination into the dining room. The pleasant hostess seated us immediately in the half-full room. It was 2 p.m. and yum cha tends to attract diners from mid-morning to noon. Most of the customers appeared to be eating standard meals.

We ordered tea and the server set the tone for our lunch here. She immediately filled our cups from the teapot before the tea had time to steep. I sat there looking at my cup of hot water and poured it back in the pot. My husband followed suit and we waited for the tea to brew.

Trolleys came quickly because the place was uncrowded; but the first two were
crammed with fried offerings, and we avoid fried food. The servers seemed bored and failed to smile. Finally, steamed shrimp dumplings (our favorite) arrived and we ordered a basket. We quickly discovered that they had not been separated from each other and were in one big clump. The shrimp were rubbery and tasteless. Some of the other dumplings we ordered also lacked flavor. The only choice we made that we considered to be excellent was a pork and shrimp mixture, and the barbecued pork bun was above average.

We ordered a total of seven items and the bill came to $53 (AUS), a bit pricey for this kind of fare.

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We were impressed with the service and how hot the straight-from-the-kitchen dishes were. Our two choices were tasty, but we were surprised that the "seasonal" vegetables were so limited. A 20 year old restaurant that deserves its longevity.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Staff pleasent ..A little disappointed in the variety and amount of dishes offered in the Banquet for 2. Also toilets for patrons are up quiet a few stairs and not an option for elderly or anyone with a disability...l

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We went straight to Dragon Boat on this visit to Melbourne as we had been a few times before for YumCha and loved it.
This visit was disappointing to say the least, yes it was late (9.30pm) on a Friday night. We had just got off the plane, dumped our stuff in the hotel and made our way there.
We were eventually seated, in a not very busy restaurant, given menus and then left to our own devices while people fluffed around doing other stuff.
Eventually a waiter came to us and took our order from their menu (no yumcha). This was a long wait and we were talking about leaving.
Anyway we ordered, they brought warm beer and food that was average. Very overpriced for the quality and service.
We paid our bill - way too much for the average food and crappy service.
We won't be back, even for yumcha.

Thank SD E
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We have just been to Melbourne and went to the Dragon Boat Restaurant. Great food, really enjoyed the Quail entree followed by Spicy King Prawn and also Beef in plum sauce, the food was really tasty and the Beef was so tender. Well priced and good atmosphere. Highly recommended

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