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Lau's Family Kitchen

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4 Acland St, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
8598 9880
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Gold Coast
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464 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had lunch here with some work colleagues. The staff were very friendly and the menu looked great, not just your normal Chinese fare. The prices were more expensive than your average Chinese restaurant, however, every dish we ordered was delicious. I would definitely recommend eating here and would come back again next time I am in Melbourne.

Thank Yvettesaf
Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with a group of friends. Food was good but far too pricey given what it is; and there are other restaurants with similar fare in Melbourne. Fried rice was disappointing but as I said the rest of the dishes were excellent and the service was good. I will not return nor recommend this place purely on the basis of... More 

Thank Octaganol
Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding peerless,service boys; Jason and Michael front of house don't miss a beat,as the original founders of the Flower drum this is a pedigree restaurant. Best catered for Chinese gluten free menu in Australia. Try the morish quail san choy bau, delicate salt & pepper squid, whitebait omelete and that is just entrée! Clean, authentic, fresh flavours. Has to be... More 

Thank Yvonne L
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If this little place is in pursuit of perfection, it surely has achieved it. Fresh, tasty Asian food immaculately presented and served accordingly But, save up for the outing!

Thank James S
Singapore River, Singapore
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had just arrived in St Kilda so we were looking for places to eat at night. This restaurant was busy and looked of a reasonable standard compared to others on Fitzroy. We ordered chicken curry, plain boiled rice and a glass of wine each. The total was $102 which we thought was rather steep for what we got. The... More 

Thank Shona Y
Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My three friends and I came across this restaurant on our way to St Kilda and we were very happy that we did. From the moment we walked in the door, the service was exceptional. Everything was explained to us in detail including the specials and it really was a family affair. The food was beautiful. I would definitely return... More 

Thank dbt1967
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Love the food, staff, and atmosphere. We went there quite a a lot in the past and enjoy every moment there. Staffs was really friendly, the food was very good, recommended pork belly

Thank James T
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Wonderful food and service... maybe a bit pricey for the style of food considering what it would cost and many places in the city.

Thank Kram R
Darwin, Australia
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215 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Lau is a name so famous in Australian restaurant circles that one almost whispers it. For decades and several generations this family has served lovers of wonderful Chinese - predominately Cantonese - food of a quality and with a standard of professionalism that is not unique but rare. Rare and valuable. I had not been to Lau's for several years... More 

Thank Bunburyoz
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130 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Managed & owned by the ex owners of Flower Drum Restaurant, Lau's Family Kitchen lived up to the expectations for ambience, good food & attentive service. Everything was cooked to perfection - the Cha Sui, Eggplant with Minced Pork, Fried White Bait, Sweet & Sour Pork. A limited menu with sufficient varieties, serves were small, service attentive & presentation was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Acland St, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: 8598 9880

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?