#ChineseNewYear: 4 Melbourne restaurants you need to try!

Chinese food, Healthy chinese food, Chinese food in Melbourne

Not that we need an excuse to eat Chinese food, but when opportunity knocks, who are we not to answer the door? To celebrate Chinese New Year, we wanted to share with you some of our favourite Chinese eats in Melbourne. So why not ring in The Year of the Sheep with one of these delicious dining options? As an added bonus, there are lots of healthy alternatives in the mix too!

Chinese food, Healthy chinese food, Chinese food in Melbourne, Ruyi Melbourne


Contrary to popular belief, Chinese food doesn’t always come in greasy containers laden with sticky, sweet sauces. Case in point is Ruyi. Translating to ‘as you wish’, this passion project turned reality showcases delights from the best culinary regions in China, with nary a deep-fried spring roll in sight. The provincial dishes are all fresh, clean and light. Think traditional with a modern twist and based on seasonal produce. The calm earthy décor completes the dining experience. As you wish indeed!

Address: 16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
Website:  ruyi.com.au
Phone: (03) 9090 7778

Chinese food, Healthy chinese food, Chinese food in Melbourne, Rockpool

Spice Temple

Neil Perry offers something for every palette, from those who love a robust chilli explosion to the diner that enjoys a far milder spice experience. The menu of this refined establishment pays homage to traditional regional Chinese cuisine. Perry has given many Chinese dishes that are far too common in Australia a wide berth, in favour (or should we say flavour?) of authentic dishes discovered during the chef’s travels through some of the richest culinary provinces in China.

Address: Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Website: rockpool.com/spicetemplemelbourne
Phone: (03) 8679 1888

Chinese food, Healthy chinese food, Chinese food in Melbourne, Wonderbao Melbourne


Looking for simple Chinese on the go? Why not stop into Wonderbao where you will find all manner of delicious steamed buns to devour on your lunch break. Choose from tasty fillings such as braised pork belly or if prefer to go veggo maybe opt for one (ok, three!) of the silky tofu and vegie bao instead.

Address: Shop 4/19-37 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9654 7887

 Chinese food, Healthy chinese food, Chinese food in Melbourne, Mahjong Melbourne

Mahjong restaurant

A contemporary take on Cantonese Yum Cha, this upbeat modern Chinese restaurant, located on the bustling St Kilda foreshore, favours a communal experience. Share great company as you indulge in even greater fare in this relaxed dining space.

Address: 165 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Website: mahjongrestaurant.com.au
Phone: (03) 9534 8833

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