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City Orchids Garden

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119 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 3591
11:00 - 12:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 01:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an early meal prior to seeing a show, got a window seat which provided a great view of the passing parade. Meals were typical of old style Chinese, generous portions, tasty but not spectacular.

Thank Jim H
Fraser Coast, Qld
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with family and friends for lunch, we heard this place had good dumplings and also catered well for vegetarians/vegans. There was one kind of dumplings (with 3 different fillings). We tried all of them. The steamed chicken ones were mooshy and fairly tasteless, the pan fried pork ones were OK and the steamed veggie ones were rubbery. Have had... More 

Thank CaptainVegetable
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219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here recently with family and all of us enjoyed the experience. The staff were friendly and attentive, the menu was a wide range of Chinese options and the atmosphere was simple but enjoyable. The food we had from the dumplings to the sizzling Mongolian beef and the fried rice was delicious and there was certainly enough in... More 

Thank Baylovers
Biloela, Australia
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40 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Its ok. Service was good but in the end it was your run of the mill Chinese. Liked the pan fried pork dumplings but the other dishes didnt win me over.

Thank Davidinho78
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

I loved this restaurant. The service could have been a bit faster and more organised but it was worth the wait. We just order entrées but they were amazing! Pork belly on toast and fried tofu with sweet chilli lime sauce. It was very different especially the pickled cucumbers in the tofu dressing. The pork belly was awesome. The cocktail... More 

Thank Aimee C
Midland, Michigan
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274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

We grabbed a quick lunch here and the food was good and reasonably priced. A highlight was the salt and pepper calamari, we really liked that.

Thank Mikey88
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I had a very satisfying lunch here. I had chicken satay, "special" fried rice and a banana fritter. The food tasted excellent and the banana fritter was very very good indeed. I was also impressed by the special fried rice which consisted of many ingredients and not so oily, at though it had been char grilled the traditional way with... More 

Thank Tony M
Hobart, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Friends and I went into this restaurant as it was one of the only ones open in China town late on a Friday evening. The service was rushed and essentially non-existent, but they had warned us we would have to order quickly as the kitchen was closing soon. The food came out and was very average. The real problem came... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We went here for a quick dinner before going to seeing a show at the theater. All l can say is that we really enjoyed it. I had the duck for the first time in my life and loved it. The meal and the drinks were wonderful and we had a bit of live entertainment on the outside with bubblebee... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I had dinner here with my husband on the 27 December . Fried rice consisted of boiled rice with a bag of frozen veg mix thrown in, a little fried egg and a couple of pieces of bacon. Chicken dish tasted solely of vinegar, not edible . On the positive, nice staff however they were let down horribly by the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 3591

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

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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