Chinese is one of the most ancient and varied cuisines in the world, yet often gets misrepresented in Australia. Put down the neon-coloured sweet 'n' sour pork - Melbourne has so many authentic Chinese restaurants more deserving of your dollars and tastebuds. Here are our favourites.

Dragon Hot Pot

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

Supper Inn

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

15 Celestial Avenue, Melbourne

Ling Nan

Offering no-nonsense Cantonese dining in the heart of the CBD, Ling Nan has been satisfying Melbourne’s late-night cravings for around three decades.

204 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

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

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

A border-hopping menu with plenty of Asian favourites.

23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne

ShanDong MaMa

The fish dumplings don't disappoint.

Shop 7 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Lee Ho Fook

Modern as they come.

11-15 Duckboard Place, Melbourne


Challenge your palate with inspired combinations.

16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
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Spice Temple

Neil Perry's homage to Sichuan.

Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Lau’s Family Kitchen

Cantonese food done Gilbert Lau-style.

4 Acland St, St Kilda

Dainty Sichuan South Yarra

Heaven for Melbourne's chilli lovers.

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra

China Red

Xiao long bao and touch-screen ordering.

Shop 6 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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HuTong CBD

Good-quality dumplings delivered fast.

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne

Flower Drum

One of the true icons of Melbourne dining.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne
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Pacific Seafood BBQ House


Shop 8, 240 Victoria Street, Richmond