Melbourne is an exciting place to eat, largely due to the cultural diversity of the city. The Chinese community is one of the most dominant in Melbourne, with the number of Chinese-born migrants living in Melbourne more than doubling since 2001. This means that Chinese culture and cuisine is very much ingrained in the city. In fact, Melbourne's Chinatown is the second longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world.
If you love Chinese food, you're in for a real treat when you dine in Melbourne. Packed with great establishments, many of which are partnered with the Good Food Gift Card, you'll be spoilt for choice. Grab a quick and cheap bite to eat in Chinatown, or enjoy something a little more fancy with the best of Melbourne's Chinese food at some of these restaurants.
No other Chinese restaurant in Melbourne has a better reputation than Flower Drum when it comes to fine dining Cantonese cuisine. Flower Drum has been awarded two chef hats from the Australian Good Food Guide.
Renowned for its beauty and elegance, this restaurant very much reflects the alluring traditional dance that it's named after and diners are guaranteed an experience to remember. Refinement and delicacy is the restaurant's ethos and dedicated service is what you get. Choose from a special lunch menu, a la carte menu, or a selection of dinner banquets.
Another Chinese restaurant with two hats the locals can't get enough of is Spice Temple. Offering world-class service, this modern Chinese restaurant centres its menu on China's lesser known regions including Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xinjiang. The menus are designed to be shared in a banquet style and each dish uses high quality produce. Aromatic and fragrant, dusty aromas of dried spice and the intensity of chillies will warm you from the moment you walk in the door.
Spice Temple offers Chinese food that's rarely seen in Australia, so if you're wanting to sample something unique and memorable, here's the place to do it.
Delight your tastebuds with the creative and energising flavours from not just China, but Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, and Laos as well. Red Spice QV is your one-stop ticket to Asia, and is conveniently located in Melbourne's QV Centre.
Red Spice QV's kitchen is overseen by John McLeay, a well-known Executive Chef who experiments with Asian flavours. He takes great joy in bringing his Asian experiences to Melbourne and this is obvious through the great-tasting food. Add to your food a refreshing cocktail from their award-winning drinks menu and you'll be grinning from ear to ear.
Serving authentic Asian flavours at curbside prices, you can imagine that POW Kitchen gets pretty busy. If the Chinese food doesn't bring the crowds in, the large selection of beers on tap, wine by the glass, and delicious cocktails certainly will.
POW Kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Daniel Hawkins and Head Chef Woosun Choi. It's located inside the Prince Bandroom and occupies the balcony and about a third of the band room space. The idea is that you can chow down on some tasty Chinese food before going to your gig – all in the same space. The food ranges from snacks including shrimp crackers with pow peanut sauce, to mains like Xinjiang style cumin rubbed lamb ribs with chilli hoisin and sesame.
To find great Chinese food, you must follow the Chinese to see where they eat. If you were to do that, you'd be led straight to Thuan An Restaurant in Sunshine.
Thuan An Restaurant combines excellent service with really fast and really tasty food. You'll get to choose from classic dishes like fried rice, rice paper rolls, or their famous crispy chicken, and they'll be delivered to your table in minutes. The overall experience will be so good it'll become your go-to Chinese restaurant. It's also BYO, which adds to the already budget-friendly dining experience.
Want the whole Chinese experience? Go beyond just the food and pay a visit to Melbourne's Chinese Museum, located at 22 Cohen Place. The museum's five floors feature a dragon gallery displaying the largest processional dragon in the world, an interactive 'finding gold' experience, Australia's Chinese history, inclusive of stories of recent arrivals from the Asia Pacific region, a Han Dynasty exhibition, as well as contemporary Chinese art.
Book ahead and enjoy a guided heritage tour, or enrol your kids in the exotic treasure hunt. Museum entry is $11 for adults and $9 for children or you can visit as a family for $26.
You can't go past good Chinese food, and Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs certainly offer plenty of Chinese restaurants to choose from. Whether it's for a family lunch, a romantic dinner or a quick bite to eat on your work break, Good Food Gift Cards can be used at any of these restaurants.