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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.
"Great presentation of the history of Chinese in Australia"
reviewed 3 days ago by 184DonP
This is very good presentation with pictures, text, and dioramas on the history of Chinese people in Australia. And it also includes information on other Asians too, Indonesians, Malays, and Vietnamese. In July when we visited there was a special exhibit on the Han Dynasty in China (Han Dynasty Life Everlasting).
The museum has updated some areas but others are...
"Restaurants and shops and lots of people crowding the streets, a Tourist destination"
reviewed 4 days ago by 184DonP
I did not find the shops compelling, but I did find several really good restaurants in the area so I give the area a 4 as it is a lively location. This Chinatown consists of numerous laneways, alleys and arcades. It is notable for being the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World. There is a nice Chinese Museum...
$$ - $$$ • Asian, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Street Food
"$65 for 2 people = Great value for money"
reviewed yesterday by Billym33
They are a very popular place but managed to get a table at the bar which is never a big deal for us. The staff were quick to recommend the very good value $65 for 2 people special which is 2 smalls, 2 large and a side. This is a real good deal.
The food and service was pretty good,...
Friday evening post after day at the tennis ate at the bar wonderful food amazing service could not fault longrain. I am coeliac just a recent thing so very careful with food it has been a giant learning curve re eating out but I just had to mention gluten free and was given a gf menu. Thank you very much
Despite being a Friday night the restaurant was still not full and this is a bit unusual for Melbourne CBD. It's usually a sign that the place has got something in their value proposition wrong.
I have to say that being somewhere quieter was pleasant and allowed for conversation.
We found the food to be really interesting and well executed....
We travelled over for my partners birthday and were treated to a room upgrade! Thanks so much to the Ovolo Laneways team for this. It was our first night in Melbourne so a very special treat.
The hotel itself is right in the city so the perfect spot. The room (1 bed apartment) was spacious, clean, cozy, comfortable bed and...
The service was excellent, and the cleanliness of the rooms was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the pool and sauna, as they were very clean and relaxing. The beds were extremely comfortable so I had a great nights rest. I wish I could stay for longer, and I would definitely recommend Mantra to my friends and family!
I had a lovely stay, staff were pleasant, breakfast was fine, but on the last morning I had no hot water. An awful thing to face when needing a nice hot shower to wake up. Staff took ages to fix the problem, finally giving me another room to shower in, but after over an hour waiting. I was not offered...
My 2nd stay here and again all was good. It is a great location and an affordable price. Great for the theatre, sporting events at MCG or Rod Laver arena. Close to free city tram and walking distance to shops.
Clean, well serviced rooms with small kitchen area so we could make our own breakfast.
Great position and roomy one bedroom apartment with a full kitchen. This was excellent for our trip to Melbourne for a week at the tennis. The kitchen meant we could save money on making lunches for the day at the tennis and freeze drinks. We hope to return in June for a longer stay. The staff were very responsive to...