Shanghai Village

(03) 9663 1878, 112-114 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Chinese $
Open 7 days 10.30am-10pm; Licensed, BYO, Corkage $2 person; No cards

Mietta's Review
This decorative Victorian building's latest incarnation has far simpler aims than its former tenant, the seminal Oriental Gourmet. Gilbert Lau worked here before opening the Flower Drum and the bones of this once elaborate dining room can still be seen in the elaborate carved staircase, mezzanine screens and other decorative objects. Onto this faded grandeur has been superimposed brightly painted walls which enclose a space filled with laminex tables and young Chinese students, leavened by nearby office workers. The result borders on bizarre. However, this low cost eatery serves great food for the money, quickly and with no apparent effort. The service is basic (and forgetful) and self-help is required - tea and other essentials come from an urn stationed against the rear wall and you pay at the counter. In all, more fun than most and with better food. Noodle dishes hover around $10.

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