Chinese in City Centre

Supper Inn

No-one minds queuing on the stairs to wait for a high-turnover table in the unglamorous and dated upstairs dining room – the reward is the top-quality Cantonese food. Open until 2am, Supper Inn is a classic late-nig…
Chinese in City Centre

Camy Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant

A Melbourne institution. There’s nothing fancy here; pour your own plastic cup of tea from the urn, then try a variety of dumplings (steamed or fried) with some greens and BYO booze. Put up with the dismal service a…
Chinese in City Centre

Flower Drum

The Flower Drum continues to be Melbourne’s most celebrated Chinese restaurant. The finest, freshest produce prepared with absolute attention to detail keeps this Chinatown institution booked out for weeks in advanc…
Chinese in Richmond & East Melbourne

Pacific Seafood BBQ House

Seafood in tanks and script-only menus on coloured craft paper make for an authentic, fast and fabulous dining experience. Fish is done simply, perhaps steamed with ginger and greens, and washed down with Chinese be…
Chinese in City Centre


Start off with a cocktail under a canopy of tiny qipao on the top floor, then make your way downstairs to the dining room for some contemporary Chinese cooking. The food – coconut and roe rice balls, curly-fried sna…
Chinese in St Kilda

Lau’s Family Kitchen

The owner’s family comes with absolutely flawless pedigree (father Gilbert Lau is the former owner of famed Flower Drum) and the restaurant is in a lovely leafy location. The mainly Cantonese menu is simple, and dis…
Chinese in City Centre

HuTong Dumpling Bar

HuTong’s windows face out on famed Flower Drum, and its reputation for divine xiao long bao (soupy dumplings) means getting a lunchtime seat anywhere in this three-level building isn't easy. Downstairs, watch chefs …
Chinese in Southbank & Docklands

Spice Temple

Chinese in City Centre

New Shanghai

According to local dumpling experts, New Shanghai, high in the new Emprorium shopping complex, serves up Melbourne's best xiao long bao, the soup-filled dumplings. We not quite ready to shift the crown from HuTong D…
Chinese in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

HuTong Dumpling Bar

This Prahran outpost of the city restaurant of the same name is best known for its xiao long bao (soupy dumplings).