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17 Market Ln., Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia | +61 3 9662 3655

price range

$$$ (Entrees $31 and up)

cuisine

Chinese

features

Tasting menu, Formal
website

Gilbert Lau opened this restaurant in 1975 (moving it to its current location 10 years later) and it has continued to win awards and accolades in the decades since for its fine-dining spin on Cantonese cuisine. Live seafood is a specialty, and there are dishes offered here, like pearl meat (the flesh from a pearl oyster, an Australian delicacy) lightly sautéed with spring onion, garlic chives, and asparagus, that are on no other menu in the city. Unfortunately, some aspects of the service and room seem stuck in another era.

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Gilbert Lau opened this restaurant in 1975 (moving it to its current location 10 years later) and it has continued to win awards and accolades in the decades since for its fine-dining spin on Cantonese cuisine. Live seafood is a specialty, and there are dishes offered here, like pearl meat (the flesh from a pearl oyster, an Australian delicacy) lightly sautéed with spring onion, garlic chives, and asparagus, that are on no other menu in the city. Unfortunately, some aspects of the service and room seem stuck in another era.