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Ming Dynasty Chinese Restaurant

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Chinese, Asian, Cantonese
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Shop 6 | 47 Williams Esplanade , The Drift Complex, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia (Formerly Marilyn's @ the Cove)
0740592185
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 9
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  • 8
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  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
real chinese food

i love this place - real chinese food from a real chinese chef. the ambiance of the place is authentic too, chopsticks on the tables the prices aren't too cheap but it's the only authentic chinese near cairns

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
Sara R
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English first
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

i love this place - real chinese food from a real chinese chef. the ambiance of the place is authentic too, chopsticks on the tables the prices aren't too cheap but it's the only authentic chinese near cairns

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Palm Cove, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Been looking forward to this Chinese food but they never answer the phone. I tried for a week to call and their doors are always locked despite signs saying open 7 days. I gave up and tried the other good restaurants in Palm cove

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Tasty but unfortunately not worth the $. When a $28 beef and black bean comes to the table in under 3 minutes from ordering it shouldn't be a $28 meal. However the taste is good as well as service. Only real Chinese option in Palm Cove but much better places in town

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were told the owner that they had a new chef from Melbourne and he was really good. Well the food was bland and uninspiring and was pretty expensive. The dishes we had were Sizzling garlic prawns which were braised prawns on a sizzling plate with a salty sauce and they were not whole pawns just the tail and lemon... More 

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Newport, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

First visit to Palm Cove, and this place was the only one with an available table one night - it is advisable to book in Palm Cove when it's busy! We waited an hour to be served a $9 beer, and a shocking miso soup - yes Chinese restaurant. We noticed lots of take-aways being carried out and 4 or... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Please don't go here. There is nothing worthwhile. On sitting down we were told " this is no ordinary Chinese restaurant". How right they were. It was terrible. Food was bland, stodgy, flavourless, and more expensive than Melbourne. While eating well in Palm Cove is becoming increasingly challenging, there are many many better places than this.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Do yourself a favor, dont listen to the negative reveiws. Try this restaurant for consistently great cantonese food from a genuine family run business. Go here often love the shumai shumai, san choy bau, Peking duck to die for equal to Bamboo House in Melbourne, some of the nicest cantonese food in Australia. Yes its pricey but you get what... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Worst dining experience I have ever had from the moment you see prices on the menu to the jar of garlic on the prawns (see picture which is $70 worth of food), the cheap wine that they charge a fortune for and then the attempt to justify prices by telling me they are Australian prawns and local produce. Never again... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Sat down bro used the menu most of the mains around $35 to $40 we eat at anything from fine dining to BYO local restaurants ... Decor looks like a middle of the range Chinese restaurant that you find in any sml town. But the price they asked for there meals suggested to us it was not your average local... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Whilst having a golden wedding anniversary visit to Palm Cove we had dinner at Ming Dynasty on two occasions, the first was with my wife on 29th May 2015 and the second was with our daughter and her partner on 1st June 2015. On each occasion we were pleased with the prompt and extremely friendly service which was far more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shop 6 | 47 Williams Esplanade , The Drift Complex, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia (Formerly Marilyn's @ the Cove)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Palm Cove
  • Phone Number: 0740592185

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 120
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Cantonese

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