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Ling Nan Chinese Restaurant

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204 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 2347
17:30 - 03:00
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At busy hours, anticipate waiting for a while and be expectant of overwhelmed staff. Their steamed Barramundi fish, Crispy Toufu with Prawn & Shitake mushrooms were great. Their Steamed Oysters with XO Sauce were awesome too. We were, however, disapointed with their bowl of Shark's Fin Soup as it merely starchy with little ingredients. Their salted Steamed Chicken 盐焗鸡 wasn't... More 

Thank ChooWai
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125 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We only had one dish, but it was not good. It is hard to get a Chinese stir fry wrong, but this was dreadful. Not cheap either. Service was reasonably pleasant.

Thank BronwenSydney
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely the trashiest restaurant in melbourne. I went with a friend just the two of us, ordered 2 dishes with rice come to about $35, and the waiter said that the minimum cost is $40 to eat here! That's right! There is a MINIMUM COST TO GET A TABLE! They expect $40 atleast from two people?? WHO do you think... More 

Thank Remosted
Melbourne, Australia
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98 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Upon arriving at the restaurant we could see that it was very busy. Service was very quick and most of the time very unfriendly. The food was yum and plenty, however we were not even ask if we wanted desert, our bill was placed on the table as they started clearing/cleaning for the people who were standing behind us waiting... More 

Thank 2katrina69
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64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Went with the family for a dinner have been before after late nights out always good food - safe option won't leave being totally dissapointed reasonable price as well...

Thank BDownUnderB
Churton Park
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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This place was recommended by our niece who lives in Melbourne. I'm so glad we came. No booking they accommodated 5 of us very quickly. We ordered the Salt and chilli pork ribs because we tried it at another restaurant here in Chinatown and enjoyed it- we also loved it here too. The fried tofu with prawn meat was really... More 

Thank Cynthia N
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

A foodie friend recommended Ling Nan so I had quite high exceptions. She recommended the XO pippies, which were okay. Everything else was really disappointing. Every dish had a gross gloopy shine... (Reminded me of the bad Chinese restaurant in the country town I grew up in!!) The won ton soup was greasy and flavourless. Overall, it was very disappointing,... More 

Thank jess l
Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Our group has been to China a lot and you could imagine you were actually there! The food was good and very reasonably priced. The décor, food, the proximity of tables, waiting staff and noise was exactly like you would expect in China. The food is a 3/5 but we enjoyed the experience just as much and if you try... More 

Thank Tony L
Ancona, Italy
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Bad service, amazing food, this place is very weird, old decor, strange costumer and funny staff feel like stay in china

Thank Svario8
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20 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

This place sucked the big hairy one. Seriously. The food was so bad, all three of us didn't finish it. The stir fries came out with almost no sauce. The sauce that did come out, however, looked like some filthy rotten sludge that came out the back end of a dump truck. There was no flavour on any of it.... More 

Thank Noel J

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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
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Open Hours
17:30 - 03:00
17:30 - 03:00
17:30 - 03:00
17:30 - 03:00
17:30 - 03:00
17:30 - 03:00
17:30 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 2347

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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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