Dragon Boat, Melbourne

Who doesn’t love a spontaneous quick trip interstate for some good food and fun? Our party of 5 headed to Melbourne for 2 days and 1 night a few weekends ago to catch a gig and immerse ourselves with shopping and food. Lots of food (and for others, A LOT of shopping).

We arrive early and the moment we hit the CBD, we’re thinking with our bellies. What to eat this early in morning (9AM)? Surprisingly we struggle to find restaurants and cafes open at this time along Little Bourke Street UNTIL I spot an ‘OPEN’ sign at a Chinese restaurant – Dragon Boat. We are excited for a feast of yum cha!

With only a few customers in that morning, there isn’t that much food on offer in their trolleys, and when requesting to order some dishes, our waiter rudely declines and walks away. We try our luck with who looks to be the owner of the restaurant, and ask for a menu so we can point out what dishes we’d like to order, and that doesn’t go down too well either. She nods briskly, walks away and fails to return.

Siu mai and chicken feet in black bean sauce.

Har gao and tea pot wall display at the entrance of the restaurant.

With such limited variety of food in the morning and rude service, we quickly finish the few dishes that we have and scoot out of there pronto seeking for an alternative to fill up our bellies! Hmph.

Food: 2/5
Service: 1/5
Value: 2.5/5
Ambience: 2/5


Dragon Boat Restaurant
203 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000
P 03 9662 2733

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2 comments for “Dragon Boat, Melbourne

  1. April 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Hey Debii

    Hmm, you certainly seem to have managed to randomly pick some of the poorer places to try around town. Most of the better yum cha places in Melbourne are actually out in the eastern suburbs rather than in the city, but Dragon Boat has a reputation for being particularly bad.

    If you like, next time you come on down (up?) to Melbourne drop us a line and I’ll see if I can recommend some better options to show what food in Melbourne is really all about.


    • dbites
      April 11, 2011 at 1:00 AM

      Hey Phil,

      Hahah, I guess luck clearly wasn’t on our side that day! Thanks for the offer, I didn’t even think of that before I headed down (using ‘down’ instead of ‘up’ just cause the route to Melb from Adel goes southwards… heh 😛 ) to Melbourne… will def contact you for recommendations once I visit again! 🙂

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