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Bala's Cafe

1 Shakespeare Grove, Melbourne, Victoria 3182, Australia
(03) 9534 6116
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Ranked #2,391 of 3,886 restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $0 - $10
Most recent review
- Jan 10, 2014
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

It takes some time to get your head around the Indian/Asian fusion but the food isn't bad and it's really cheap. The stir fry was ok it could have had a little bit more meat though.

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On the road
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8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Bala's is the cheapest restaurant where to eat in Acland Street in St Kilda. Indian and Asiatic food. The food is really tasty and the service is quick. It has many vegetarian option and really nice Mango Lassi.

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Sydney
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I had a Thai chicken Tom Yum stir fry with Hokkien Noodles.It was AWFUL.Very little chicken,bland taste and not even a hint of lemongrass.Plus it had broccoli in it ! And celery is not an Asian vegetable either.Plus it had the old chestnut 'Singapore Noodles' on the menu.There is no such dish.It is a purely a name for yesterdays leftovers... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Meat dish was lacking in meat, 90% was noodles, 9% vegitables and 1% meat. Not what I was expecting when you pay for the extra to the vegetarian dish. Very surprised when reading receipt to find GST was added to their advertised prices. Is this like adding a compulsory tip or surcharge? Partner ordered ginger dish but there was no... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

My partner ( A Thai national) and myself went there last night; the food served here would be classed as baby food in Thailand; sorely lacking herbs and spices and any flavour and to top it off we both have very bad stomach problems today. This is a great place for many westerners that aren't used too highly flavoured and... More

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New York City, New York
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49 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This restaurant presents an unusual menu offering an eclectic mix of Indian, Thai and Chinese dishes. If the intention was to create a one-stop shop of sorts, it succeeds - there are not that many places in Melbourne where Thai noodles, roti chanai and beef vindaloo appear on the same menu. Bala's main business appears to be takeaway rather than... More

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Melbourne
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34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

Great food, with ready to eat dishes available to take away in various sizes and combination options. Friendly efficient staff get through the crowds asap. We had the chilli beef, coconut rice and green chicken curry in a large container for $11.40, almost enough for 2 to share!

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