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Lau's Family Kitchen

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4 Acland Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
8598 9880
Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Chinese food in St Kilda

This comfortable and simple restaurant delivers faultless Chinese cuisine in a most professional way. The service is helpful, knowledgeable and discreet. The winelist is more than adequate, and the ambience is pleasant. We accepted the waiter's suggestion of a series of dishes and as a result... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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melbourne
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

This comfortable and simple restaurant delivers faultless Chinese cuisine in a most professional way. The service is helpful, knowledgeable and discreet. The winelist is more than adequate, and the ambience is pleasant. We accepted the waiter's suggestion of a series of dishes and as a result enjoyed an outstanding meal.

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Perth, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Easy to find/get to for those using public transport. This is a small restaurant, so booking is a must. Service was excellent, and the food was fresh and all our menu choices were enjoyed by all.

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Sydney, Australia
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190 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

authentic Chines cuisine with a modern twist, that was simply excellent! We asked the waiter to surprise us with his own choice of small dishes, and we definitely enjoy each of them. Spring rolls, salty squids, wagyu beef...we left the table without any sweets: we were full and happy!

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

On arriving at the restaurant we were greeted politely and shown to our window seat, there is inside and outside seating, for not a large restaurant there were a lot of guests dining with plenty of space. Our friendly waiter gave us the choice of selecting from the menu or leaving the meal selection up to him..... who could refuse... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We enjoyed an outside table on Fri night with the Lau family visiting our table to ensure we were satisfied with everything! We had 5 courses including oysters, calamari, tender beef and Patagonian toothfish as the finale of the night! Simply superb...

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Three of us went for a casual lunch during the week. The restaurant was only half full however this meant we had a great table. The food was up the excellent standard the last time I was here which is a couple of years ago. The service was first rate and the value was OK. We will not wait two... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A group of 10 of us ate at Lau's Family Kitchen. We asked him to do shared plates for around $40 per head. We had a couple of starters and a couple of main courses. Whilst the food was delicious, each portion was very small (e.g. the coral trout portion was less than the size of the palm of my... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went last night with a friend ..hadnt booked and they very quickly accomodated us without any fuss for not booking. The staff are excellent and cater for your every need I was a bit cold so they quickly put the heaters on and gave me a blanket ..we were sitting outside. The staff treat everyone like royalty including children. The... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Superb service and really excellent food. We tried quite a few dishes over the many lovely hours we spent at lunch, huge garlic prawns, squid, prawns with mung beans, crispy skin poussin, sang choy bau. All the dishes were served with perfect timing and were outstandingly good. There is a lovely outdoor terrace for sunny days

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Melbourne, Australia
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226 restaurant reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

With the Lau name to live up the pressure is always on! Another visit with friends before xmas did not disappoint…in fact over the years never has. Only bugbear is parking ! Should be put on the list to savour a sample of one Melbourne's better Chinese restaurants.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 Acland Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: 8598 9880

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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