With a reputation as the foodie capital of Australia, Melbourne has an exciting dining scene where both standards and expectations are incredibly high. Thankfully, the Asian restaurants of Melbourne are more than up to the challenge, delivering food that is fresh, imaginative, and, most of all, delicious. There's such a wonderful range of styles and tastes, with the cuisines of Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia making up just some of the exotic food to be found in Melbourne's Asian restaurants. You'll find lots of meat, seafood and excellent vegetarian dishes, with flavours ranging from spicy to mild, sweet to sour, and hearty to delicate – so there's always something to enjoy, regardless of your appetite and taste preferences.
The popularity of Melbourne's Asian restaurants means that you're never far from some seriously good food. From the main streets of the CBD, to the laneways and further out to the suburbs, there are excellent Asian restaurants all across Melbourne. Some areas, however, do have a focus on a particular cuisine. For example, the city has a long-established Chinatown, stretching along Little Bourke Street, from Spring Street to Swanston Street and dipping into the arcades and alleyways on either side. Here you'll find some of the best Chinese cooking, such as Peking duck, crispy beef and superb dim sum. If you're after some good Vietnamese, you might try heading to Richmond, which has become something of a destination neighbourhood for Vietnamese restaurants. No matter where you want to go though, you can be sure to count on Quandoo to introduce you to Melbourne's best Asian restaurants!
The amount Asian restaurants in Melbourne is huge, so choosing which restaurant to book can be quite a challenge. It's also had to generalise but here are some pointers as to what you can expect from some of the more popular cuisines. Perhaps the best-known dishes in Melbourne's Asian restaurants are those from China. Even here, the range of tastes and styles is just dizzying. You'll find lots of noodles and steamed rice, along with marinated beef and chicken dishes that range from hot and spicy to sweet and sour. Japanese food is also hugely popular. Sushi and sashimi are delicate and fresh, while teriyaki-style cooking adds a little heat. Thai food features lots of spice and fresh ingredients and is often flavoured with peanuts and citrus. There's clearly a lot to choose from, so another idea is to browse the customer reviews on Quandoo and look out for something that matches your own tastes.
Fancy a quick lunchtime bite at a pavement cafe? There are plenty of noodle bars where you can enjoy excellent food, cooked to order and on your table in minutes. How about a long, lazy weekend brunch with friends? Look out for dim sum restaurants where you can while away the morning with some lovely little dumplings and copious cups of tea. If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a lively dinner with friends, many of Melbourne's Asian restaurants offer great sharing menus, where you can sample lots of dishes in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The choice is as vast as the continent itself, so the only answer is to book yourself a table here on Quandoo and begin your very own exploration of the wonderful food of Asia.