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235 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9639 1633
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you see the ducks hanging in the window you know this is the place in China Town for that classic combo on a budget and in a hurry. Quick, good service - not a dining experience but sensational crispy skin pork and roast duck combo on rice in Melbourne town. Many other menu options - all good - big... More 

Thank Marcus W
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I usually love going to China bar,but expect to be treated like a criminal here. Had to wait a long time for a table and then got the wrong food without an excuse. Authentic Chinese food with the rudest waiters ;)

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a disgrace, I have been many times to China bar and I always I had good time, but this time was the worst! I ordered 1 portion of Shanghai noodles and two portions of pork fried dumplings. The noodles were cold when I got them, the dumplings were really soft and fluffy and they should be kind of... More 

Thank tankredi
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was a bit sceptical about dining here at first as I heard other China Bars were not so great. However this one was a nice surprise. Its definitely a place for a quick bite. ..... The food was delicious- we had dumplings, beef with flat noodles, special rice and a chicken dish. Service is quick yet impersonal, tables are... More 

Thank kristie m
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I know my review won't dissuade anyone from going to such a popular place but I have got to say how peeved off I am. We had to pay for our meal before it even came! It really put a downer on our meal. There were 8 of us 4 adults 4 kids and we spent over $150. I checked... More 

Thank squealing p
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I am a regular at the China bar because i live n Melbourne which has grown over the year's now thy have about three outlets in a three block area of Melbourne's CBD my favourite is the soya chicken an duck on rice with soup on the side! but thy many other dishes i really enjoy Melbourne has a serious... More 

Thank Wylie J M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

I used to have supper here after clubbing. Glad it has not changed except for people and price:). We had lemon chicken and sweet sour pork with fried rice, and Singapore fried noodle. They were tasty without too much MSG. They cost more than Nam Loong next door, around $12 each versus $10. They charged $1 for tea, while tea... More 

Thank Davidlye70
Riddells Creek, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

My wife and I had breakfast recently. I had the hainanese chicken rice, and my wife had the nasi goreng. They both tasted perfect. I could have been in singapore or KL. Very quick service, reasonable price, and open 24 hrs. What more could you want?

Thank Randali_Orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Get N19 - do not pass go - Seriously one of my favorite meals, and we come back again and again and again.

Thank Cameron H
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Dinner for two, two mains, three sides and three non alcoholic beverages for a total of $56.00AUD is not bad at all, food tastes good and they were exceptionally quick to deliver.

Thank NigelThornberries

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (03) 9639 1633

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.