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Bala's Cafe

Noodle, Asian
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1 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
(03) 9534 6116
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12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating

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    2.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
What a mix

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2014
Vic S
Melbourne, Australia
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English first
St Kilda, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is local to us and the food is consistently of a high quality and freshly cooked.WE sometimes have take-away and that is also consistently good. Great value for money and ,although my husband cannot eat really spicy food he can still get things that suit his needs and are delicious.

Thank Sheila S
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

St Kilda is not the place to eat something Asian. It was late at night and to drive to Footscray or even Box Hill for a nice Asian curry was not an option. From the car park, I saw Balas' Cafe and from outside I saw their menu listing of Indian, Chinese, and Thai dishes. I went in and ordered... More 

Thank juanmanuelrodriguez
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I ate here several times during my Australian holiday. The menu is fantastic & they cater for vegetarians too. The flavours & portions were outstanding & they do a carry out menu too. Two mains with rice or noodles for $12 They also have an Ala Carte menu for a few dollars more. Its not licensed & more of cafe... More 

Thank Harry Z
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

1 Thank Vic S
On the road
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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.

Thank AkunaMatata17
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Phil C
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank allinam
Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 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 

1 Thank Rikkimca
New York City, New York
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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 

1 Thank OZinNY
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88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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!

Thank mekanoid

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: (03) 9534 6116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Noodle, Asian


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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