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Tenpin

Port Melbourne Asian, Asian Fusion $$$ +100

About Tenpin

An eclectic southeast Asian restaurant serving incredible fusion-inspired cuisine and innovative drinks, Tenpin is the new kid in town who’s quickly become the talk of the city’s foodie scene. Serving stunning Asian cuisine, amazing cocktails, and decadent desserts, Tenpin offers an experience that’s difficult to match in Port Melbourne. Situated on Beach Street, this standout restaurant and bar is open five days a week and found only steps from Hobsons Bay, close to Spirit Station Pier.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
Tenpin, Beach Street 49, 3207 Port Melbourne

Further Information

For delicious contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine, Tenpin on Port Melbourne’s Beach Street is leading the charge. The atmosphere here is hip and sophisticated, featuring an outdoor dining area with gorgeous views of the beach. Swing by for after-work drinks or start your big night off here – drinks with names like Hidden Mule, Smoke ‘n’ Bones and the Bottanica draw in some of Melbourne’s biggest cocktail aficionados.

The food menu at Port Melbourne’s Tenpin is straightforward and to the point, featuring a number of starters, mains, sides and tasty desserts. Share starters like edamame, crispy skinned pork belly or pork and kimchi dumplings to whet your appetite before moving on to hearty mains like the BBQ Wagyu skirt served with nahm jim jaew and green mango, stir-fried tofu and vegetables, the pad Thai or the duck larb made with lime, mint, chili, roast rice, lettuce and cucumber. Round it all off with one of Tenpin’s amazing desserts – go for the banana and sesame fritters, the tropical fruit salad or the spiced coconut cake trifle. It didn’t take long for this Melbourne Asian restaurant to start making waves, so book ahead to ensure a table.

CHEF'S CHOICE

298 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 298 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
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3 reviews so far 6
07.09.2017 10:09

The food and the service is always excellent at Tenpin. We had a lovely time with friends and neighbours we need to eat there more frequently.

4 reviews so far 6
31.08.2017 07:11

We always love our time at Tenpin & wed curry night did not disappoint. We will absolutely be back for more. The peanut butter roti bread was delish too

1 review so far 6
25.08.2017 08:51

The food here was beautiful and the wait staff really friendly, helpful and efficient. The decor is funky and the room spacious so it wasn't noisy even though it was busy. It has a wonderful location with lovely water views. Highly recommended.

3 reviews so far 6
20.08.2017 09:44

The food was excellent and the service was too. Must try the Penang curry and Tom yummy cocktail - it's a match mad in heaven

1 review so far 5
11.01.2016 10:55

It was very quiet when we turned up for lunch. The room is light and bright with good beach views and a very "beachy feel". It really feels like a place to do lunch but it seems that most of the crowd shows up in the evenings. We started with Pork and Kimchi Dumplings and Thai Fish Cakes. They were both lovely but curiously lacked salt balance. I requested some salt (thinking that maybe the kitchen leant towards under seasoning) to be told I was the first person ever to request it. The Thai style Port Arlington Mussels and the Duck Larb that followed were perfectly balanced and the extra salt (thankfully) wasn't needed. They also had a nice amount of heat in them with no attempt to "dumb them down" for meeker punters. Not incendiary "Thai hot", but they didn't miss with the chilli....which is a good thing (and meant I did have to ask for a side of chillies like have to at a lot of places). We finished with a shared White choc chai pannacotta with pineapple and cardamom shortbread...and it was superb. The meal was accompanied by a lovely Italian Vermentino. Tenpin's wine list is reasonably priced, cleverly chosen and very "international" (Aussies made up maybe 40% of the winelist). Beer drinkers are well served too. Overall, a really good experience, although I get the sense that Tenpin is still finding its feet a bit and there is better to come.

1 review so far 4
28.05.2016 14:42

Celebrated my birthday at Tenpin with my 3 adult children and their partners Food was delicious and servings very generous The cocktails were absolutely sensational they were happy to make me a cocktail not on their menu that i love and it went down a treat We sat upstairs which looks out over the bay although it was a cold night still a great outlook imagine in summer it will certainly be the place to be for sure great staff my only comment would be main meals did not all come out together but as my daughter suggested maybe they thought we were sharing so they staggered the service not sure !!! Food really fresh and great flavors A fantastic night shared with my beautiful family in a great setting - thank you Tenpin

1 review so far 5
08.06.2016 10:13

Michael our waiter was great. Really attentive and knowledgeable. The food was really delicious and we enjoyed the fresh flavors. Slightly too much chilli for us in a few of the dishes. The only concern about the restaurant environment was that the acoustics down stairs were full-on loud and clangy. We couldn't hear ourselves chat easily. It is a common over site in restaurant design in Melbourne and a reason why a lot of guests won't return to a place. Some acoustic panels or soft surfaces carefully designed into the space would have a huge impact on softening the sound and keeping conversational noise contained. Without it the sound ricochets around creating a chaotic cacophony of noise that makes it difficult to hear anything. My job is designing large visitor destinations and interior spaces. Sound management is a big part of the design consideration. It is treated with the same regard as lighting or furnishings in term of its importance in creating an ambience and an enjoyable visitor experience that encourages return visitation. Unfortunately this element is often over looked because it is thought of as expensive and unnecessary. Not the case. It can be really cost effective and easy and is so important. Hope this contribution helps.

1 review so far 4
25.01.2017 09:00

We had a great night at Tenpin as the food and cocktails were sensational. The service however was very average. Staff were friendly but very slow. Numerous times we went to the bar to order our drinks as we were tired of waiting to be served and in the end we would order eight drinks instead of the four required just so we didn't have to wait so long for service. The same occurred with food when we couldn't find a waitress to take an addition to our order. We would definitely like to go back as we enjoyed the food although would probably try dining downstairs with the hope service would be a little more attentive.

1 review so far 6
12.05.2016 16:02

We loved our experience at Tenpin! We took Mum there for Mother's Day and it was the perfect blend of casual and special occasion. The food was so delicious, fresh and flavoursome! The service was very good as well. Love the setting and the fit out. I will definitely go back, especially to try the white choc chai panna cotta for dessert, unfortunately they had run out because it was so popular!

1 review so far 6
18.01.2016 09:55

Friends and I had a great experience at Tenpin over the weekend. Food was amazing and fresh and the staff were all friendly and very attentive. Food servings are generous and great price for what you are getting. Highly recommend Tenpin to everyone.

1 review so far 4
02.01.2017 09:18

We have been to Tenpin a few times and the food has been delicious. This time however, not so much. The crab cakes were very rubbery and the prawn and chicken salad was very light on prawns and chicken. A $45 banquet was very expensive for what we got unfortunately. The thing that lets this restaurant down though is the lack of service. Generally seems unfriendly and uncaring. A hot night and empty water bottles on the table remained unfilled. No smiles from the staff. Would have been nice to have been offered more rice too.

4 reviews so far 6
12.06.2016 10:12

Enjoyed dinner here with Friends on a Saturday night and were not dissapointed. Standout dishes include Corn Fritters, pork belly salad, fried squid, waygu skirt and Chicken Curry. Highly recommended Tenpin to anybody who luvs moden Asian dinning without having to line up outside like cattle to get a table and having the option of making a reservation like civilised people.

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 12:11

Tenpin is our new local great restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service is friendly and professional. The owners of Tenpin have the Midas touch. Don't strike this restaurant off your list, it is 10 out of 10.

1 review so far 4
19.01.2016 18:52

The food was great, the venue was great, the maitre d was great but they forgot to bring out one dish and I had to ask after a long wait to get their attention, saying that I find getting wait staff's attention in any restaurant difficult these days but that is another story! Lastly when paying the bill the staff member made a comment which whilst not intended to be insulting was ageist, I would caution staff to be cognisant about the comments made to clientele, I'm a bit sick of those of us in our early 40's having to make excuses for those in their 20's, because 'that is what that generation is like', I don't think that we should keep putting up with behaviour that we don't likes it because people are younger! Anyway, rant over, all that aside, I would go back because the food was excellent, but I would hope that the management of the restaurant take this feedback on board for future reference.

1 review so far 4
27.02.2016 14:42

A booking was made 10 days in advance; when we arrived we were taken to a narrow bench for 4 people with high stools - bench faced a wall! I objected strongly, advising that we were both 70 and over - staff member said that if we wanted to sit at a table in future we should say we had a bad back or similar. I then decided to leave but not before I said I would be contacting Quandoo with a poor review, whereby he found a table that had been reserved for someone else who was late, so their punishment would be the bench! To his credit he came over several times during the evening to explain the menu and to see if everything was OK - even when he was moving us on from the table, it was done very professionally. The wait staff were most efficient and the food was delicious, pity about the poor start.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 13:00

Excellent flavours, produce and service at this little gem in Beach Street. The pork belly dish is stellar! Really happy to have a restaurant of this calibre in the local 'hood. Pricing is very reasonable for the experience and quality that you get at Tenpin.

2 reviews so far 5
13.01.2016 08:21

Great food, lovely venue and staff are fabulous. Food is quite spicy, which we liked but some other guests food a bit hot. Only issue is it is a bit noisy, so hard to have a conversation. We booked and had been advised of a specific table but when we got there it had been forgotten so we got a table with a pole in the middle so we couldn't actually see all the people on our table of 4! Staff did their best to make good the situation, which was appreciated, but pretty big stuff up for us. Would still consider going back though.

1 review so far 6
08.10.2016 09:22

Very warm welcome on arrival. Service very attentive. The food was excellent. Finished off with a lovely pot of mint tea. To top it off we saw the Spirit of Tasmania all lit up as the boat sailed away. Perfect evening at Tenpin-Thankyou.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 10:40

Banquet dinner for 8 - it was no hassle to cater for 3 vegetarians in our group and everyone left full and happy! This place is a local favourite for our family since it opened , keep up the great work Tenpin.

4 reviews so far 4
20.08.2017 08:45

Tenpin is a great beachside restaurant the atmosphere is buzzing. The service is quite good although we did have to ask twice for some starters. The food is delicious, fresh and an interesting variety of Eurasian food. The curry night is good value. Beers on tap and cocktails make the central bar appealing for casual drop in drinks or Pre dinner drinks.