China Chilli

Wednesday
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm
15 206 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000

Up the escalators in the same building that houses dumpling chain Tim Ho Wan and HuTong spin-off China Red, China Chilli is a more upscale dining destination than its budget-friendly neighbours.

Stepping into the restaurant feels a bit like being transported into a Wong Kar Wai film, albeit more modern and sleek. Think vivid red, lows light, glowing neon signs and graphic wallpaper across a dining room split in two parts.

On one side you can get there’s all-you-can-eat, DIY hotpot where you can go crazy with toppings. A paper menu lists down the different broth bases (including spicy Sichuan and mild tomato soups) as well as ingredients to cook in it. Options include seafood, meat, poultry and vegetables. It’s all unlimited, and you can stay as long as you like.

The menu for the venue’s other half has a number of a la carte dishes, including steamed and braised meats, live seafood from the tank and fruity desserts. There’s also a Hawkers Lane section, with cheaper street-food options such as dumplings and shallot pancakes.

Updated: March 15th, 2021

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