Flower Drum, a decades-old Melbourne instutition, serves highly-acclaimed upscale Cantonese cuisine while Supper Inn is the no-fuss, no-frills Cantonese option. You'll find diverse Asian influences on Shakahari's vegetable-based menu and innovative pan-Asian dishes at Supernormal. From the traditional to the modern and from Japan to Thailand, these 11 restaurants offer the best food East and Southeast Asian food in Melbourne.
Flower Drum 90
17 Market Lane
This capacious restaurant is quite simply the finest Chinese restaurant in Melbourne, if not Australia.
180 Flinders Lane
Sweet and squishy New England lobster rolls and the twice-cooked duck – a half or quarter bird with anise-fragrant meat and shatter-crisp skin for tearing up and eating in soft steamed buns.
225 Clarendon St
This vegetarian stalwart has a reputation for good value, inventive menus with a mainly Asian feel.
4 Lord St
The whole city has gone mad for sushi chef Koichi Minimishima's omakase menu, created from the finest ingredients Australia has to offer as well as select imports from Japan.
Chin Chin 88
125 Flinders Lane
Yet another great option on Flinders Lane, Chin Chin does delicious Southeast Asian hawker-style food designed as shared plates.
Lee Ho Fook 77
11-15 Duckboard Place
In the kitchen, partner and head chef Victor Liong creates Chinese cuisine that’s refined (raw kingfish with with radish, burnt garlic and ginger) and rich (Xinjiang lamb shoulder with fragrant chill)
Supper Inn 80
L 1 15-17 Celestial Ave
The Supper Inn has been providing Melbourne revellers with cheap and delicious Chinese food at all hours for the past 20 years.
14 -16 Market Lane
Very popular three-storey dumpling bar, a little fancier than some of its counterparts, but the extra dollar or two is worth it.
Spice Temple 81
Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman St
276 Toorak Rd
The self-proclaimed 'queen of rice paper rolls', Misschu continues to expand her empire of hole-in the wall eateries serving cheap and tasty Laotian-Vietnamese hawker-style food.
113 Lonsdale St
This bar-restaurant occupies a heritage-listed four-story building that has housed an undergarment manufacturer, a 1930s sweat shop, and even a brothel and a Buddhist temple.