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West Lake Restaurant

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189 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9662 2048
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The crab we ordered was poor quality , the expansive crab cost us 138/kg , and the weight of the crab is 1.2kg , but the crab is not fresh ! I would not reccomend anybody for the crab dish , although the crab is thier icon dish !

Thank Simon W
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's a lot of yum Cha and dumpling places in Melbourne but this one would have to be the best , the trolleys coming around past your table are always full of fresh dim sum or wonton dishes , and then you'll get the roast duck or the honey beef trolley come around all delicious my favourite would be the... More 

Thank Chris P
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is quite highly priced - but then the servings are large. More or less cancel each other out. Unfortunately it's also very average. Considering the restaurant is in the centre of Chinatown, there are better choices. It is BYO, always a good money saver.

Thank dianavd
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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Great location, clean restaurant and good service. The food was amazing. Recommend the chickens feet!! Worth visiting.

Thank Rebecca P
Rosebud, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

I have been coming here for 35 years with my husband and we have enjoyed the service and the food. We love this place. The staff are friendly and the food is always excellent.

Thank Carmela D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This was a little more expensive than other yum chas but worth every cent. Food was fresh and beautiful with a huge variety to choose from

Thank Ann H
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Being placed upstairs is never a good thing for Yum Cha. That's where we found ourselves with limited food choices, no vege options and rushed out he door at 1.30 despite being open to 5. Very expensive too!

Thank Lynda A
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Yum Cha on a Saturday, the place is full of people, most of whom have an obviously long affinity with the culture - a great sign! Good food, fast service, leave full with great intention to return when we are next in Melbourne.

Thank Bob S
Uga, Spain
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211 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

There dim sum lacks the complex flavour you will find elsewhere. The serving size is larger than you will get in other local restaurants but size isn't as important as flavour to me. Resturant was very clean, they even put down paper on the floor under the high chair of a child.

Thank whitepointer
Singapore, Singapore
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73 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Good Cantonese style cooking and portion is of good size. However, the tables are placed close to each other with not much privacy. In addition, most of the wait staffs are indifferent with minimal service.

Thank wolfverine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (03) 9662 2048

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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.