Chinese is one of the most ancient and varied cuisines in the world, yet it often gets oversimplified in Australia. Cantonese and Sichuan may be the most prominently represented of China’s regional cuisines in Melbourne, but they're just two of “the eight great cuisines” (the others are Jiangsu, Zhejian, Fujian, Hunan, Anhui and Shandong).

It’s actually uncommon to group the food of the country’s regions together. Despite Australia’s long history of Chinese immigration (which started in the mid-19th century), it’s only in the past few years that we’ve seen dishes from some of China’s lesser-known cuisines make appearances in Melbourne. And they’re still mostly bound to Chinese-community enclaves such as Springvale or Box Hill.

Whether you’re looking for a hearty Middle-Eastern-inflected stew (commonly served in China’s far-west), a fiery Sichuan hotpot or a basket of the best xiao long bao in town, there’s a place in this guide for you.

Roast Duck Inn


Cantonese chefs with more than three decades of experience serve up suckling roast duck.

29-31 Carrington Road, Box Hill
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Chef David


This 160-seater used to be a hotpot spot, but now it's a grill-yourself Sichuan restaurant. Come for sizzling skewers, whole grilled cod and dozens of side dishes.

Level 1 462 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Panda Hot Pot


Under the watchful eye of a 1.5-tonne steel dragon, Australia’s first outpost of international chain Panda Hot Pot is serving fiery DIY soup with a choice of 80 ingredients.

100 Victoria Street, Carlton



A Hong Kong style eatery from the founders of Chinatown’s Dessert Kitchen, serving creamy congee, Macanese dishes, and sweet and savoury snow buns.

R1 139 Queensberry Street, Carlton

Flower Drum


One of the true icons of Melbourne dining.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne
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Spice Temple


Neil Perry's homage to Sichuan.

Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Red Door Yum Cha


A BYO, down-to-earth spot for dumplings and other yum cha classics.

1-3 1-3 McIlwrick Street, Windsor

Tim Ho Wan


With 20 locations spread across Asia and Australia, this Hong Kong dumpling chain must be doing something right.

206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Din Tai Fung


It's the dumpling chain with a Michelin star and outlets all around the world. What more encouragement do you need?

M002/4 Emporium Melbourne 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Mya Tiger


This Cantonese resturant up the stairs at Melbourne’s iconic Esplanade Hotel has incredible views and Chinese cuisine classics.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Secret Kitchen CBD


You can’t walk past the live seafood tank – one of the largest in the city – without doing a double-take. Seafood is the specialty, but the menu has got a bit of everything.

222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Rising Embers


Release your inner grill master – or leave the cooking to the pros – at this Sichuan barbecue spot.

Level 1 139 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Karlaylisi Restaurant


This Uyghur restaurant serves springy hand-pulled spicy noodles, beef dumplings, and flaky pastries filled with lamb and cumin.

4 203 Ballarat Road, Footscray

Lee Ho Fook


Modern as they come.

11-15 Duckboard Place, Melbourne

Supper Inn


Supper Inn is a BYO Melbourne institution. Just ask Melbourne’s top chefs.

15 Celestial Avenue, Melbourne

Dragon Hot Pot


Cheap and delicious, with good service and a fun novelty factor.

213 Russell Street, Melbourne



Award-winning country-style Shanghai fare.

4 Cecil Place, Prahran
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Mr Meng Chongqing Gourmet


Some serious spice by If You Are the One's all-too-clever host, Meng Fei.

382-384 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

ShanDong MaMa


The fish dumplings don't disappoint.

Shop 7 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne



Challenge your palate with inspired combinations.

16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne

Sun Kitchen


The cellar alone is worth $1.5 million, with 6000 bottles of wine, and spirits from 888 premium labels across Australia, France, China and Europe. Settle in for refined Cantonese and Sichuan fare and spectacular views.

9 Aquatic Drive, Albert Park

Dainty Sichuan South Yarra


Heaven for chilli lovers.

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra

China Red


Xiao long bao and touch-screen ordering.

Shop 6 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

HuTong CBD


Quality dumplings delivered fast.

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne
Shop 8, 240 Victoria Street, Richmond

Magic Cuisine


This stall in Box Hill has got cooked meat, entrees and vegetable dishes pre-packaged in takeaway containers, ready for you to grab and take to work or reheat at home. Just add rice.

Box Hill Central 1 Main Street, Box Hill

Tina's Noodle Kitchen


This casual diner – by the Dainty Sichuan crew – is dedicated to Chongqing-style noodle soup. So everything here is hot, spicy and slurpable. Make sure to get here nice and early, because it gets busy fast.

1 Main Street, Box Hill

Shaanxi-Style Restaurant


This small eatery is dedicated to the cuisine of the Shaanxi province, in China's northwest. On the menu you'll find dishes such as saucy biang biang noodles and a sandwich style that's among the world's oldest.

943-945 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Little Sichuan


This “little” sibling of hotpot institution Dainty Sichuan uses the same rich broths and variety of ingredients, but specialises in malatang style – or hotpot for one.

Box Hill Central , Box Hill

Gold Leaf Eastern Restaurant


For lunch take your pick from any of the roaming yum cha carts that pass by every couple minutes, or dig into an a la carte dinner with Chinese classics.

155 Burwood Highway, Burwood East

China Chilli


With its neon lights and polished fit-out, this all-you-can-eat hotpot joint in the heart of Chinatown is straight out of a Wong Kar Wai film.

15 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Lucky Chan


Take a seat at this Cantonese restaurant’s courtyard for a view of the Yarra through bamboo stalks, while sipping Jasmine tea or a Singapore Sling.

Crown Casino 33/8 Whiteman Street, Southbank



This Chinatown eatery has been serving the classics – including yum cha and peking duck – and satisfying midnight cravings for decades.

189 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

One Noodle Friendship


You’ll find this inconspicuous Chinese restaurant just around the corner from Preston Market. Come for hand-pulled Lanzhou-style wheat noodles (made from scratch every day) served in hot, spiced broth with a side of chewy dumplings.

417-419 High Street, Preston