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Westlake Restaurant

$$ - $$$
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Chinatown
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189 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 2048
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a large banquet with many dishes. The whole fish was very enjoyable and the tofu very spicy and delicious. Some of the other dishes were not to my taste, including the under cooked chicken. Service was very slow and it was hard to get a drink.

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Thank Elizabeth_and_David
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

West Lake has the best Yum Cha in Melbourne. Have been to others but keep coming back as its so good.

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Thank Kay M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dumplings were served dry, perhaps been hanging around the kitchen for a while. Bland. Service minimal.

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Thank ExperiencedOz
Tauranga, New Zealand
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been a few times usually around lunchtime for yum Cha only. Always served very quickly and great if you want a genuine Chinese yumcha experience, can be quiet crowded and impersonal like a factory, high turnover of patrons over the 2 levels, never made a reservation as if full only takes a few minutes before a table is available unless... More 

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Thank holiday2travel
Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I have been coming here for 25 years for Yum Cha. In recent times I only visit once a year and it is always enjoyable and I always look forward to my next visit even before I have walked out the door. The service is very Chinese, not to big on the small talk or niceties but it is effective... More 

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Thank Dean K
Hyderabad, India
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Dear Madam/Sir, RE: Westlake restaurant situated inside the Chinatown of Melbourne is a perfect place to dine for those seafood and meat lovers. The attractive restaurant sells sea creatures available for the guests to choose and select their live stock. Crab, lobster and fish could be cooked as per the guest requirement and quantity size of the portion. Roast duck... More 

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Thank vrangad04
Daylesford, Australia
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453 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 951 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Yum Cha is such a wonderful way to catch up with friends - to share on a round table - to delight in small dishes and a myriad of tastes. That's the way it used to be at Westlake. Now $100 for 4 person yum cha with only Chinese tea as drinks and no special dishes and choices that were... More 

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Uga, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I despise places that charge a % for using a credit card. They make a lot of margin off food and alcohol and to charge additional when u get to the register is just wrong. By the way according to the law in Australia you have to advise people that this is the case before they order. Some places print... More 

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Colac, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

After being waved randomly to a table whilst the "maitre d" continued his conversation with a staff member, without looking at us, the waitress then stood over us almost demanding that we place our order. We asked for a drink and as soon as 2 beers ordered, the wine list was whisked away (quite grumpily) never to appear again. We... More 

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Daylesford, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We met friends for a catch up lunch at an old favourite restaurant. The staff were helpful and informative, but we thought the yum cha options lacked excitement and we were disappointed. We also thought it was expensive, so we will probably try other places in the future.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 2048

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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

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Chinatown
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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