The Best Chinese Restaurants in Melbourne
For Chinese food in Australia, Melbourne offers some of the best restaurants in all categories and styles of cooking. For anything from a Cantonese banquet dinner, a Dim Sum feast or some mouth-numbing Sichuanese dishes, this list guides you to all the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne.
In this article, we bring you a selection of the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne. Experience the modern Chinese cooking at Lee Ho Fook, the genuine Sichuanese flavors at Tina's Noodle Kitchen, and the traditional hand cut noodles at Dao Noodle. This list is based on the recommendations from World of Mouth experts such as food writer Pat Nourse and chefs Kay-Lene Tan and Duncan Welgemoed.
Whether you are a local or a visitor eager to experience Melbourne's diverse Chinese food landscape, this hotlist will guarantee you a dining experience to remember. Continue reading to discover the best Chinese dining experiences in Melbourne.
Flower Drum Restaurant Melbourne is a renowned establishment known for its fine Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant is an institution in Melbourne, offering an array of well-prepared dishes such as the classic Peking duck, Pearl Meat and Quail Sang Choi Bao, all served with meticulous attention to detail. With its combination of great food, extensive wine list, and dedicated service, Flower Drum provides a refined and elegant dining experience.
Delicious Cantonese cooking with a touch of luxury and a hint of Twin Peaks. Flower Drum is a Melbourne institution, celebrating its 50th birthday in just two years. Dining here is an experience, an almost surreal combination of opulence, well-prepared dishes, and tongue-in-cheek performance - their classic Peking duck is a prime example. Their legendary front-of-house team is composed of real characters, and the wine list is extensive. If you're unable to secure a table (which is not easy), you also have the option to dine in the bar. While you might miss out on some of the action, it's a fun option as well.
Lee Ho Fook is a restaurant that serves new style Chinese cuisine, utilizing the finest products from top-notch Australian producers, growers, and winemakers. Patrons often recommend the restaurant for its deceptively simple dishes that offer a complex array of flavors. The restaurant also provides a blend of traditional and modern Chinese culinary techniques, ensuring a memorable dining experience.
Victor is a genius when it comes to creating deceivingly simple dishes that have a complexity of flavour. Lee Ho Fook is definitely one of my go-to restaurants in Melbourne.
Tina's Noodle Kitchen is a noted destination for Sichuan cuisine, known for its marinated cold chicken and off-menu meatball with pickled chilli broth. This restaurant, part of the renowned Dainty crew, is recognized as one of the top spots for authentic Sichuan dishes. Visitors to Tina's Noodle Kitchen can expect an outstanding culinary experience with a focus on traditional recipes.
Legit one of the best Sichuan restaurants in Melbourne. By the Dainty crew. The marinated cold chicken and the off menu meatball and pickled chilli broth is outstanding.
Dainty Sichuan Hot Pot - CBD is renowned for its la zi ji, a spicy chicken dish from Chongqing, China, often considered the best in Australia. The restaurant is beloved by locals who appreciate its authentic Sichuan hot pot offerings. If you're a fan of spicy food, Dainty Sichuan Hot Pot - CBD is a must-visit.
I have to stop and remind myself occasionally that I live in the same city as the best la zi ji in Australia. I love you, Dainty; I love you, Chongqing chicken.
Dao Noodle is a restaurant specializing in Dao xiao mian noodles, a delicacy from China's Shanxi province. Known for their handmade long and chewy noodles, they offer a unique experience with their secret sauce. Their menu also includes a variety of other dishes and drinks, and they operate six days a week, providing both pick-up and dine-in options.
The best example of Dao xiao mian in Melbourne, if not Australia, might well be Dao Noodle.The fastest noodle in the world? It’s gotta be dao xiao mian, the knife-cut nood that is the pride of China’s Shanxi (one A) province. And the best example of it in Melbourne, if not Australia? It might well be Dao Noodle. Certainly the version I ate here, drenched in chicken gravy and dressed with wood-ear fungus and ham, makes a very strong case.
Benyue Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant specializing in homestyle Cantonese cuisine, using only the freshest ingredients. The menu offers a variety of dishes, cooked with exceptional skill, including popular items like the fluffy crab omelette and the juicy, glossy spring chicken. With attentive service and a passion for providing the best Chinese meal possible, Benyue Kitchen is a must-visit for fans of Southern Chinese cuisine.
Smart, mostly homestyle Cantonese dishes cooked with rare skill.Aberfeldie? For Chinese food? It’s certainly a first for me, but when you hear that several members of the old Lau’s Family Kitchen team have opened a restaurant of their own on Buckley Street, you’ve gotta get out and see it for yourself.And Benyue Kitchen doesn’t disappoint. Its service is pleasant and attentive, its menu a concise edit of smart, mostly homestyle Cantonese dishes cooked with rare skill.There’s lots here you’ll want to eat. And that goes double for any Lau’s fans hankering for their old favourites. I loved the fluffy crab omelette, the lamb spring rolls are every bit as good as you remember them, the green vegetables are en pointe, and this is the juicy, glossy spring chicken of your dreams. Get some.
HuTong is a renowned spot in Melbourne's Chinatown, known for crafting some of the best dumplings in the city. Their menu features a tempting range of dishes including the highly recommended shao long bao, spicy wontons, pan-fried dumplings, and mapo tofu. It's a great place to bring friends and enjoy a feast of delicious dumplings.
Delicious dumplings hidden down a Melbourne laneway. HuTong is my go to spot in Melbourne. Situated in Chinatown in the CBD, HuTong craft some of the best dumplings in the city. The shao long bao, spicy wontons and pan fried dumplings are seriously good, the mapo tofu ia also a go to dish.Take some friends and order up.
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