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Bala's Cafe

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    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
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Melbourne, Australia
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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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
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Bala's Cafe

Address: 1 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
Phone Number: (03) 9534 6116
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10

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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
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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