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50 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9662 2681
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 41
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  • 17
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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If the grumpy and terse Cantonese floor managers could just smile and welcome people nicely this place would rate as excellent - we go there often for Dim Sum and enjoy the food offering and the floor staff are pretty friendly Tables are packed in like sardines do don't expect an intimate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If the grumpy and terse Cantonese floor managers could just smile and welcome people nicely this place would rate as excellent - we go there often for Dim Sum and enjoy the food offering and the floor staff are pretty friendly Tables are packed in like sardines do don't expect an intimate experience for two - go somewhere else -... More 

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Warrnambool, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went there with a group of 200 people so the restaurant was under pressure. Our initial few entrees were served cooler than expected. They tasted ok but could have done with a bit more dipping sauce. The food after that was much better. It was all very good but basic Chinese food. I would happily go back and try... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Large Group Dinner was handled magnificently by the Restuarant Staff for approximately 200 people. We came away feeling well fed,well served & looking forward to returning again - either as a couple or as a small group. The food was superb & the wine list was extensive. Service was brilliant. Great location @ the Top of Bourke Street in Melbourne

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Good quality Chinese food, specially the dimsums. Great place to have Yum Cha on the weekends. Very busy on the weekends

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

One of the more traditional Chinese restaurant in Melbourne's Chinatown. There are two Shark Fin Inns, and this one at 50 Little Bourke Street is the original one. Don't be tricked by its name, and you do not have to eat Shark Fin in the restaurant... it offers a full range of Cantonese (Hongkongnese) cuisine on the menu, plus good... More 

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Sydney Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had four for dinner and had a banquet. Lots of food and some good choices like mud crab. Wine was a bit pricey. Service was ok but not special. Food was competent but not outstanding.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

good food. Typical Asian staff, blunt and rude. That is their nature I know, but this is Australia, we should feel welcome in our own country.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great Yum Cha lunch on weekends - have been coming to this restaurant for a decade or more - always good quality food, helpful speedy service and happy to order a separate dish that is not on the trolley menu. Drinks service is also quick and efficient. Suggest booking in advance otherwise you might be in for a wait.

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Took a close friend for Yum Cha on a Saturday. The restaurant does two seatings: 11:30 am or 1:30 pm for Yum Cha. Dishes are served very timely and organised (eg. you get your savoury dishes before sweets), for specific dishes the staff were very helpful in ordering if not available on the carts. Consistent, Reliable, Good and will go... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Very good traditional yum cha. excellent quick service and lots of variety. Waiters will make effort to explain the dishes in English. Reasonably priced.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: (03) 9662 2681

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood

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