Wok The Casbah: 8 of the best Asian Restaurants in Melbourne

June 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

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Are you tired of your local Chinese Takeaway place and looking for somewhere new and exciting? Check out this list of the best Asian restaurants in Melbourne. Whether you want to find a new lunch spot to duck into during the day or are seeking a great place to go for dinner, Posse can help you find it!

Gourmet Dumpling Restaurant

Gourmet Dumpling House

Gourmet Dumpling House

Don’t let the humble decor of the restaurant put you off because the food and particularly the dumplings are delicious. If you like cheap but tasty dumplings then this place is a must.

 Chun Po

Chun Po coral trout fish with beancurd

Chun Po coral trout fish with beancurd

 Chun Po is a restaurant for Chinese food purists. Everything about the restaurant is classic and refined. The food is amazing and you can’t go wrong with any of the chef’s specials. My personal favourites are the spicy salt and pepper squid and the crispy pork with vinegar sauce.

Red Spice Road

Red spice road Pork belly with apple slaw, chilli caramel ad black vinegar

Red spice road Pork belly with apple slaw, chilli caramel ad black vinegar

Red Spice Road is a stunning example of Western and Asian fusion food. The interior is beautifully modern and inviting and tops off the wonderful food. Definitely try the pork belly which is a house and fan favourite.

Gingerboy 

Gingerboy lemongrass and galangal char-grilled chicken with peanut tamarind caramel. Photo: melbourneculinaryjournal.com

Gingerboy lemongrass and galangal char-grilled chicken with peanut tamarind caramel. Photo: melbourneculinaryjournal.com

A funky Asian restaurant inspired by Hong Kong street cuisine that has its own take on Thai, Malaysian and Chinese food. The ambience is modern and dream-like with its dark bamboo walls, mirrors and fairy lights on the ceiling.

Colonel Tan’s

Great atmosphere at Colonel Tan's. Photo: broadsheet.com

Great atmosphere at Colonel Tan’s. Photo: broadsheet.com

A fresh take on Thai fusion food, Colonel Tan’s is the sister restaurant to Cookie in the Melbourne CBD and part of Revolver Upstairs which gives the atmosphere a clubby, rock lounge feel. The restaurant offers yummy Thai classics as well as some more experimental fusion dishes. Be sure to try the Colonel’s five spice chicken with sweet chilli.

Rasa Malaysian Cafe

Rasa Malaysian Cafe. photo: rasa.com.au

Rasa Malaysian Cafe. photo: rasa.com.au

This gem of a restaurant is small in size but brightly coloured and inviting and of course the food is stellar. The extensive menu features many traditional Malaysian dishes and the food is vibrant and fresh. Try the traditional hawker food Char Kway Teoh which is a stir-fry dish with egg, Chinese sausage and seafood.

Soora

Soora. Photo: groupon.com

Soora. Photo: groupon.com

Soora is the best Korean BBQ restaurant I have been to in Melbourne. The service is great, the decor is modern and elegant and the food is outstanding. One of the main drawcards is watching your meat cooked on the table grill right in front of you. Make sure you try a selection of different meats; the chilli pork belly and brisket are phenomenal.

A Day in BKK

A day in BKK. Photo: adayinbkk.com.au

A day in BKK. Photo: adayinbkk.com.au

The Thai food at A Day in BKK is wonderfully authentic and is not overly sweet as you find in some Thai places. The decor is warm and interesting and the service is great. Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious but I love the chicken curry puffs, pad basil and pad tom yum chicken.

 

Author: Daniel Perry- a budding music and film writer who is a glutton when it comes to watching movies and listening to music. He is also a novice foodie and loves good food and coffee.