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Melbourne's Asian Cuisine Highlights

10 Apr 2016

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Salivating over sushi or desperate for tantalising Thai? Melbourne is a hub of culture, crowds and – best of all – cuisine! This means there are plenty of hotspots to pick up some of your favourite Asian dishes, or even discover some new ones. Here are just some of the sensational venues dotted throughout Melbourne where you can delight your senses and enjoy authentic Asian cuisine. Want to feast your eyes as well as your stomach? Follow these popular Melbourne Instagrammers who offer restaurant reviews, new ideas and foodie inspiration!

The Japanese Teppanyaki Inn – Collins Street
If nothing delights you more than the ultimate in fresh food, Teppanyaki is a great choice. From tantalising Japanese cuisine through to watching your very own chef expertly cook your meal, there’s never a dull moment at The Japanese Inn. As the first Teppanyaki-style restaurant in Australia, these chefs know how to dazzle your senses and satisfy your cravings. For authentic Japanese dishes including sashimi, you’ll love every bite.
Top Tip
Drop by for lunch, dinner or dessert! If you’re meeting with friends, enjoy some relaxed drinks in the comfortable lounge area before or after your meal. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

Dandelion – Ormond Road, Elwood
If you’re looking for quality Asian cuisine on Melbourne’s south side, Dandelion is one of the hottest Vietnamese restaurants in town. The menu includes traditional staples like pho soup and rice paper rolls, alongside a selection of more innovative and modern Vietnamese dishes. With an emphasis on attention to detail, Dandelion is renowned for its exquisitely presented meals. Located in the beachside suburb of Elwood, the restaurant’s long and narrow space is decorated in an elegant, minimalist style, complemented by low lighting and rustic brick walls. Dandelion is open for dinner every night, and they also serve lunch from Thursday to Sunday.
Top Tip
Be sure you save your appetite for dessert! Dandelion’s after-dinner treats aren’t just delicious; they’re also beautifully designed, like edible pieces of artwork.

Flower Drum – Market Lane
Roast duck, suckling pig, dumplings and more—it doesn’t get much better than Chinese food! Follow your nose down to Market Lane, where you will find the delightful Flower Drum Chinese restaurant. Serving up fresh and authentic Chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, it’s easy to see why this venue has become so popular! Choose to dine either à la carte or via banquet. With options such as Peking duck, honeyed spare ribs and braised lamb, the food will be delicious no matter what you decide.
Top Tip
If you’re ready to head down to Flower Drum to curb your cravings, they have a dress code—so be sure to dress in smart business-casual attire!

Ratee Thai – Flinders Street
For easy, casual dining where the service is good and the food even better, be sure to head to Ratee Thai in Flinders Street. Situated opposite the Flinders Railway Station, this venue is as popular as it is convenient. Here you have 3 choices: dine at the Wok Bar, where you can create your very own Thai dish; order off the classic menu with options such as Pad Thai, fried rice and tom yum noodles; or enjoy a bargain from the specials menu (available after 2pm weekdays and all day Saturdays) including curries, gang pha and beef massaman.
Top Tip
Want to make a night of it at Ratee Thai? This venue is BYO, so bring the drinks and your appetite, and they will provide the rest!

I Love Pho – Victoria Street
Open 7 days from 9am to 10.30pm, you can get your pho fix whenever you need it! I Love Pho offers high-quality meals served fresh and fast, so you’re never left waiting. Choose from amazing bowls of pho, spring rolls, rice paper rolls and much more. Using nothing but the freshest ingredients from local sources, you can be sure each mouthful will be bursting with flavour. Serving up hundreds of bowls of pho a day, it’s safe to say they know what makes great pho.
Top Tip
Serving up hot, fresh bowls of pho fast, this is a great option if you’re ever in a hurry and need a quick bite to eat!

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