Melbourne

The Best Chinese Restaurants in Melbourne Right Now

Try something new.

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Chinese food ranges from delicious comfort food to spicy cleansing soups, to super-refined seafood dishes. It’s one of the most extensive cuisines and for that reason, it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose a place to dine. 

Don’t worry, we’ve narrowed it down to eight of the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne. While some focus on yum cha and others on live seafood, there’s something for everyone in this line-up.

These are the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne.

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Lee Ho Fook

Duckboard Place
Set in a graffiti-lined alley just off Flinders Lane, Lee Ho Fook is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Victor Liong, and it reimagines traditional Chinese flavours through a modern lens. Think ocean trout sashimi, with salted chilli and black beans, or a master stock poached spatchcock, with soy caramelised onions, green garlic and ginger, all served in a setting that celebrates traditional themes with a modern flourish. Even the lanterns are funky.
Book here.

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Flower Drum Restaurant

Market Lane
In 1975, Gilbert Lau opened the Flower Drum in Chinatown, Melbourne, and what started as a humble desire to serve authentic Cantonese food to Australian people, turned into a critically acclaimed institution. Operating as an a la carte restaurant, their entire menu is a refined yum cha experience to remember. By far the most successful restaurant in Chinatown, Flower Drum is well worth its prices—which are a bit more expensive than your regular Sunday morning yum cha. Trust us when we say, every cent is worth it.
You can book here.

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Panda Hot Pot

Carlton
If you haven’t been to Panda Hot Pot yet, you’ve most likely seen it; an elaborate temple-style building, decked out with a 1.5m suspended dragon and all, just opposite RMIT University on the border of Carlton and the CBD. Dubbed to be one of the best hot pot franchises out there, Panda Hot Pot has 80 fiery soups to choose from, as well as extravagant cocktails and decor that will simply blow you away. It’s worth it for the experience alone.
Book here.

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David’s

Prahran 
David’s is a contemporary Shanghainese restaurant inspired by Zhou’s hometown Zhouzhuang, a water village in which his family’s recipes originated. Loved by locals for over 20 years, it’s no secret that David’s authentic menu showcases some of the finest dumplings and yum cha in town while treating customers as an extension of Zhou’s own family. Different from your typical Cantonese yum cha, David’s harnesses the authentic flavours of Shanghainese cuisine in 11 varieties of delectable dishes. Think dumplings, spring rolls, signature loaded veggie fried rice, pork and prawn shumai and homemade pork buns… and there’s even a vegan menu if you’re eating plant-based. David also has a great a la carte menu with all of your classic faves, plus a few things you may not be familiar with but will certainly be ordering again.
Book here.

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Chef David

Elizabeth Street
This 160-seater uber Instagrammable eatery used to be a hotpot spot but is now a grill-yourself Sichuan restaurant. Come for sizzling skewers, whole grilled fish and colourful side dishes, stay for the theatrical cocktails, dry ice cured fish and endless neon signs. 
Book here.

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Secret Kitchen

Little Bourke Street
Another Melbourne institution, it’s hard to walk past the live seafood tank—one of the biggest in the city—without being lured inside. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the speciality, with braised whole abalone, braised shark fin with fish maw and steamed crab with lotus leaves being some of their most popular dishes, but they do a bit of everything. Set amongst the bustle of Melbourne’s Chinatown, as well as Malvern East and Doncaster, Secret Kitchen is all white tablecloths, impeccable service and incredible traditionally-made Chinese food.
Book here.

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Roast Duck Inn

Box Hill
It goes without saying—if a suckling roast duck is what you’re into, then Roast Duck Inn is the place to be. Although they do offer a bit of everything (all your favourite Chinese dishes are on the menu), you can’t go past their whole roast duck and white sauce duck, for that crispy skin and juicy centre perfection that they seem to nail every time.
No booking is necessary, but you can order take away or find out more here.

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Supper Inn

Celestial Ave
Supper Inn is old-school Chinese eatery-style, open past midnight most nights, serving up live seafood, share plates and flowing BYO into the wee hours. They have everything from duck pancakes, to whole baked barramundi, to classic fried rice, tripe, dumplings, honey soy chicken, you name it, it’s in Supper Inn’s overwhelmingly heavy laminated menu. They don’t have any socials (always a sign of authentic food tbh), but turn down Celestial Ave, just off Little Bourke Street, and you can’t miss the big vertical neon sign. 
No bookings.

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Melbourne

The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

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Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

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King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

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Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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