The best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne

If you're heading to Melbourne in the near future, you'd be foolish not to try some of these stand-out Chinese restaurants.

On his recent trip to Melbourne, British media personality Gok Wan discovered the delights of the city's incredible Chinese cuisine.

"[Melbourne is] incredible, and I do think that this is the future of Chinese food," Gok proclaimed on his recent series, Gok's Chinese Takeaway. "It will constantly be part of the big, huge fusion movement. And you know what?  I'm kind of okay with that, because the flavors that I've tried here and the food that I've eaten has been absolutely wonderful."

Chinese fare is one of Melbourne's most well-established food offerings, with the city's Chinatown owning the title of the oldest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world.

Combined with a thriving foodie culture, world-class chefs, and a love of fresh produce, the Chinese cuisine found in Melbourne is truly something to brag about.

So, if you're planning a trip to the Victorian capital this year, hit up one of these eateries to satisfy your Chinese cravings. 

1. Flower Drum

You simply can't talk about Chinese food in Melbourne without discussing Gilbert Lau's Flower Drum. It originally opened in a carpark in Chinatown in 1975, but has since grown into one of the most exclusive dining experiences in the city. 

Gilbert is often attributed with changing the way Melbournians, maybe even all Australians, eat Chinese cuisine. His dedication to serving fine, quality Cantonese cooking made Flower Drum one of the best restaurants in all of Australia.

Credit: Facebook/Flower Drum Restaurant Melbourne

2. Lee Ho Fook

As Gok Wan discovered, Lee Ho Fook's masterful head chef, Victor Liong, is the king of Chinese fusion cooking. Presenting more of a modern twist, Lee Ho Fook serves up unique dishes, such as a Mapo Wagyu Beef Tartare and a Matcha Tiramisu. Top it all off with a stunning wine list, and you'll end up with a night to remember.

Watch Victor Liong make his famed beef tartare dish for Gok:

3. ShanDong MaMa

Tucked away in a shopping centre, ShanDong MaMa is deceptive in appearance. While it looks like your average mall kitchen, its food is top notch - and easy on your wallet! Students, workers and couples flock to ShanDong MaMa for cheap and cheerful dumplings or noodles, and the best part is a huge meal shouldn't set you back more than $30!

Credit: Facebook/ShanDong MaMa

4. Lau's Family Kitchen

For those who can't get a booking at Flower Drum, or simply prefer a more casual dining experience, you can't go past Gilbert Lau's other venture, Lau's Family Kitchen. Situated in St Kilda, this seaside eatery is friendly and delicious, while sticking to Lau's strict Cantonese repertoire.

Credit: Facebook/Food From Venus

5. Spice Temple 

Neil Perry's Chinese restaurant received Two Hats in last year's Good Food Awards for the second year running. The restaurant calls itself "elegant and sexy" with a focus on regional Chinese cooking, from areas like Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xinjiang. If you're looking for a date night venue for your significant other, Spice Temple is the perfect seductive treat.

Credit: Facebook/Spice Temple Melbourne

6. Lucy Liu's

This bar and kitchen is relatively new, having opened in 2014. In typical Melbourne fashion, this trendy CBD night spot opens off a cobblestoned lane way, giving that fun feeling of heading into the underground scene. 

Credit: Supplied/Lucy Liu

7. David's

David Zhou is a veteran of Chinese dining in Melbourne. While his Oriental Tea House in Prahran was this first to open 15 years ago, this quickly grew to incorporate David's, a celebration of Shanghai cuisine. David is a well-known master of dumplings, so definitely stop by for all-you-can-eat Yum Cha on the weekend, otherwise treat yourself to a cocktail and some sticky pork belly on a Friday night.

Credit: Facebook/David's Restaurant

8. Dainty Sichuan

The Dainty Sichuan in South Yarra is the perfect spot for a group to partake in a joyful, mid-range feast. Quite spacious with a vast menu, typical of many Chinese restaurants across Australia, the dishes are flavourful and reasonably sized, so you're bound to leave satisfied.

Credit: Zomato/Dainty Sichuan

[Feature image: Facebook/ShanDong MaMa]

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