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Chinta Ria Soul

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94 Acland St, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
(03) 9525 4664
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up in St Kilda & Chinta Ria has been the "go to" in this area for incredible, authentic Malaysian. I recommended this to a client for a quick lunch and left SO disappointed. The lunch special menu looked OK (a great price at $13.50 including a house wine) but what we got was awful. His chicken was not... More 

Thank Rennie F
Melbourne, Australia
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71 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were at the restaurant for a quick pre-theatre meal, as were many others present. Service is swift and friendly and it appears best to book beforehand, which we did. Food includes many old favourites, which are competently executed, as well as daily specials. On the day we had the special crispy duck as one of our choices and it... More 

Thank 857david64
Beaumaris, Australia
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The food is tasty, the service is fast and the prices are "real". Recommend the soft shell crab salad, the beef rendang (ordered every time we go there) and the coconut pancakes. The place has a busy, buzzy feel to it and now that they take bookings - even better!

Thank Michelle J
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46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Chinta Ria Soul has been one of favourite restaurants in St Kilda for a long as I can remember. The laksas are simply brilliant (in fact we know people who travel from Mornington to eat laksa here!); the prawns in curry leaves are to die for; and our "must haves" - gado gado, roti curry and roti with peanut sauce... More 

Thank Kanga-roo11
Kangaroo Island
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

An interesting menu which can lead to either a splurge or be quite reasonable. The flavours were more subtle than in your face and I was tempted to ask for a bit of chilli but didn't like to insult the chef! Service good although ambience a bit noisy. Like to go back and explore the menu a bit before making... More 

Thank Derdod
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Read many reviews about this place and thought of giving it a second try. Met a friend over lunch here. The waitress was quite grumpy. Didn't bother to even provide us with water after much later. Noticed other people who walked in had water served immediately. Ordered a crispy noodle with beef, nasi lemak with friend egg, spinach belacan, and... More 

Thank TKW888
Woodend, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Always go to this eatery before a show at the Palais and it has never let me down. Tasty dishes, tried a set menu last night with 5 of us it was wonderful. All of us were happy with the variety of the selection of dishes and delicious flavours.

Thank Vicki179
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Gloriously, richly flavored Malaysian food in an intimate close tabled setting with friendly, really lovely staff.. Second to last visit the owner maître di-ess said no you've ordered too much for 2 people.. How often does that happen!.. The duck special is absolutely sublime!.. And the gado gado the best ever!

Thank Grant645
Melbourne, Australia
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98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

As a Malaysian native, I was excited to dine at this restaurant. I am a casual chef at home and would often whip up laksa, nasi goreng, satay and yam abacus etc. in a bid to appease those hunger pangs. I walked into China Ria without any reservations made and the wait staff was kind enough to ask me which... More 

Thank jaseminsibo
Cleveland, Ohio
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

My coworker from Malaysia met me here for dinner - He's a regular when he visits from his home country. I had an outstanding noodle dish at a really good price. Quick, friendly service means I will return.

Thank NelPit

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Malaysian
Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 94 Acland St, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: (03) 9525 4664

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