Supper Inn

(03) 9663 4759, 15 Celestial Ave, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Chinese $
Open Sat-Sun noon-12.01pm Contact establishment for hours, ; Licensed, BYO, Corkage $1.50 person; Cards AE DC MC V, Seats inside 80, Private room 40

Chef: Tony Lu (23-09-13) Owner: John Lau & Steve Lau (23-09-13)Supper Inn
Photo: Tony Knox

Mietta's Review
People have been walking up the stairs of the Supper Inn since 1976. The Lau Family have fed more late night diners than they can count. Laminate panelling, laminex tables, a solitary fish tank, fast impersonal service and the well cooked traditional Cantonese dishes that arrive hot and quickly to the tables, make this an ideal spot for dinner before or after a film or work. Everybody, Chinese restaurateurs, their children, rock stars, actors and the rest of us, all eating and talking. For a real taste of what's on offer here, bypass the usual Chinese-Australian offerings and order from the specials list, don't be frightened of fungus, sea cucumber or Chinese doughnuts, because they are wonderful. The Supper Inn is a Melbourne institution and with good reason. Recommended.

Other Published Opinions

The Age Cheap Eats 2012 February 28, 2012 "
Read full review ...

The Age Good Food Guide 2013


Read full review ...

The Age 5-2-2013 Score: 13/20
Read full review ...

Hardie Grant, 29 November, 2011 "p>
Read full review ...

Age Good Food Guide 2012 Score: 12.5/20

Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 13/20

Age Cheap Eats 2010 Score: ** "For over 30

Age Good Food Guide 2010 Score: 13/20 "For a moment in 2009

Age, Top Five after Midnight 29-08-09

Herald Sun " Clearly, they don't come for the decor - all faux-wood panelling, vertical blinds and unflattering lights. What they're after is the fast and authentic Cantonese food that's served until 230am."

Herald Sun Melbourne. Call 9663 4759, "Psst! Want to know where Melbourne's chefs go for a feed after a long, hard night at the stoves? They head down a dank alleyway, past a row of rubbish bins and up a rickety staircase to Supper Inn"

Age Cheap Eats 2009

Age Good Food Guide 2009

Age Cheap Eats 2008

Age Good Food Guide 2008 Score: 13/20

Age Cheap Eats 2007

Age Cheap Eats 2006

Age Good Food Guide 2006 score 13/20

Gourmet Traveller 2006 Australian Restaurant Guide "Nobody comes to Supper Inn for the decor - even though the wood-veneered dining room with its pink vertical-blinds and tables dressed with plastic chopsticks and red paper napkins has a signature charm. Perhaps it's the fast, unfaltering service that has people queuing on the dingy staircase into the small hours, but, more likely, it's the robustly flavoured, wellcooked Cantonese food"

Gourmet Traveller 2006 Australian Restaurant Guide Best Chinese "For a more authentic taste of Kowloon nightlife, Supper Inn is a no-nonsense Melbourne institution, perfect for late-night sessions of great value Cantonese eating, with hordes eating quail, flounder and the house special, congee. It's also very popular with chefs."

Age Good Food Guide 2005

Gourmet Traveller 2005 Restaurant Guide "Up a nondescript dead-end laneway, punters are queuing on the stairs at Supper Inn. As usual. There is something so delightfully unpretentious - and authentic - about this barebones Chinese restaurant, that Melburnians line up for tables, year in, year out. It's like a cheap holiday in Hong Kong. Chinese groups, middle-aged veterans and Melbourne's artschool crowd all cram the place."

Age Cheap Eats 2005

Age A3 Melbourne for night owls Tim Richards 12/1/05

Age Cheap Eats 2004

AGFG 2004, score 14/20, wide selection of vegetarian dishes, two courses for $25 or less

Age, Agenda, 4/4/04,Roslyn Grundy

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Australia 2004, Good vegetarian options,'one of Chinatown's originals and has been serving good, home-style Cantonese food...It's build up a solid reputation as a pit stop for people seeking an inexpensive meal or a pick-me-up after a bit of clubbing.The extensive menu features all the regulars...The wine list, like the decor, is basic and unpretentious.'

Vogue Entertaining & Traveller, March April 2003

Sunday Age, Sunday Life, Eat Streets, John Lethlean, 9/2/03

Herald Sun, sunday magazine, 2003, Sally Fisher'



Full Restaurant Search

Recipes
Chefs
Restaurants
Travel
Photographs

Nearby Chinese Restaurants

Supper Inn, (03) 9663 4759, 15 Celestial Ave, Melbourne. VIC 3000 Supper Inn feed everyone - Chinese restaurateurs, their children, rock stars, actors and the rest of us until 3am. It's a Melbourne institution and with good reason.
Kum Den, (03) 9663 6508, 3-5 Waratah Pl, Melbourne. VIC 3000 A very popular Cantonese well priced restaurant which appeals to a mix of Asia and Anglo regulars.
City BBQ Chinese Restaurant, (03) 9663 2311, 178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 Succulent roast meats and poultry hang in the window. Available all day til the early hours of the morning, they provide terrific, well priced meals.
White Lotus, (03) 9326 6040, 185 Victoria St, West Melbourne. VIC 3003
China Bar, (03) 9639 1633, 235 Russell St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 The whole front is glass and you can see who's eating and what's cooking before walking in. Open until the wee hours.
Kun Ming, (03) 9663 1851, 212 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 One of the oldest cafes in Chinatown still under the same ownership, Kun Ming was started in 1958.
Shang Hai Noodle House, (03) 9662 9380, Rear Tattersalls Lane, 2/ 242 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 A bright welcoming place with friendly staff. Lunchtimes are very busy but you can wait for a table to come free, they turn over pretty quickly here.
Nam Loong, (03) 9663 4089, 223 Russell St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 Long established restaurant continues to serves good value Chinese (Cantonese) meals.
Nudo Cafe, (03) 9639 8988, 181 Russell St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 A Malaysian cafe in the pin-ball parlour part of Russell St. Reasonable food, good price and service.
e c Pot Cafe Bar, (03) 9663 8319, QV Urban Market, Shop 7 Level 1, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Shanghai Village, (03) 9663 1878, 112-114 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. VIC 3000 A once grand room that's more fun than most and with better food.
Oriental Tea House, (03) 9600 4230, 378 Little Collins St, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Sichuan House, (03) 9650 8589, 22-26 Corrs La, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Dumpling Sisters, (03) 9663 1888, 229 Exhibition St, Melbourne. VIC 3000
Han Guuk Guan, (03) 9639 1747, 13 Victoria St, Melbourne. VIC 3000