Serving authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated environment, Ants Bistro invites you stop by for dim sum, seafood, stir-fried delights or whatever it is you’ve got a hankering for. Found on Corrs Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, Ants Bistro is conveniently located just moments from Melbourne Central station, numerous tram stations and the State Library of Victoria. This Chinatown restaurant features exotic dishes ranging from jellyfish to panfried pork dumplings and salty egg prawns. The vegetarian dishes are fantastic at Ants Bistro – try the fisherman eggplant, the creamy chinese cabbage, the abalone mushroom and veggies or the Shanghai spinach and young bamboo. For dessert, go for the apple spring roll, the pumpkin pastries or the delicious banana fritters. Reserve ahead to secure a table!
The culture of Melbourne’s gastronomy scene is up there with the best in the world, and there’s a very good reason why this eclectic city is the food and culture capital of Australia. Within the iconic Melbourne CBD are a plethora of exciting and vibrant laneways complete with secret bars and hidden eateries that only locals in the know are even aware of. One such eatery, Ants Bistro serves up mouthwatering Chinese cuisine, and is tucked away in one the best laneways in the city, Corrs Lane. You’ll find all your favourite classics, like honey chicken and crispy fried egg noodles, and it’s the ideal spot for popping in for dim sums and beers with friends before a night on the town.
Ants Bistro is brimming with authentic Chinese dishes ranging from salt and pepper barramundi, black bean chilli beef, coriander shredded pork and truly delicious sweet vinegar spare ribs, that will truly leave your tastebuds floating. But Ants Bistro in Melbourne’s CBD doesn’t just cater to the carnivorously inclined, and their vegetarian dishes are also fantastic – try the fisherman eggplant, the creamy chinese cabbage, the abalone mushroom and veggies or the Shanghai spinach and young bamboo. For dessert, go for the apple spring roll, the pumpkin pastries or the delicious banana fritters. You’ll find Ants Bistro in the heart of Melbourne, so book ahead and reserve a table!
Staff are lovely. Service always good. And the food is amazing!! Try the hot and sour soup and the Wunan pork ribs. Yum. Prices very reasonable too.
My favourite Chinese restaurant by a factor of ten. Food quality is incredibly consistent, service is always good and its byo! They have plenty of traditional fare but also some more intriguing dishes.
I love this restaurant. The food is always consistently great and the staff warm and friendly. I recommend the chilli chicken - it is fabulous.
Friendly service. Fabulous meal. Definitely, couldn't have done it better at home! Cosy setting but gets a little noisy when busy and Ant's bistro is often busy.
The food at Ants Bistro was very good. We had the Roast Duck,BBQ Pork,Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce, and Special Fried Rice. The only thing we found was the rice and BBQ Pork came out barely warm. The skin on the duck was so crispy and the meat very tender. It was delicious with the Hoi Sin sauce. The service from the staff was excellent. We were there for Fathers Day lunch and were the first people in,so it was nice and quiet. The décor is nothing special and is looking tired. New tables and chairs wouldn't go astray. Overall,we thought it was very good and we would go back again.
I live in Spring St, and often go with friends to Ants. This is the first time I made the booking via Quandoo, as my friends usually do the booking. I am always amazed at the wide range of food available, at very reasonable prices. As it is ByO it enables us to spend more on food! And of course the service and friendliness of the staff is better than any other restaurant in China Town. And that includes the high price ones we sometimes visit. Rest assured that we will be back! Peter
Great restaurant they were very patient as one of our guests was caught in footy traffic so was an hour late. The food comes really quickly and I cannot speak highly enough of the Minister Chicken and the salt and pepper tofu easily my fave dishes. Easily the best restaurant in China Town and very reasonably priced. The only downside is the toilets but they are clean and functional but do need bit of an upgrade....
Ants always delivers. The food is exceptional and the service is fantastic. We have tried many other Asian restaurants and we always compare it back to Ants and they just don't stack up. We are now regulars at Ants and recommend it to anyone. Minister chicken is unbelievable! Spicy, sweet, sour, fiery, it so unique that I have not been able to find anything similar anywhere! It keeps us coming back for more!
Ants Bistro is always good - casual, great food and staff are always attentive and friendly - plus we can enjoy our own fabulous wine.
This is a lovely, cheerful restaurant with delicious food. Recommended for a night with good friends. We went on a Saturday night and it was buzzing. Nice, helpful staff. They could have probably used an extra waiter that night, but they still did an amazing job.