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Take your taste buds on a tour of great culinary empires at Chinese restaurants across Melbourne. Fill tiny bowls with Cantonese delicacies and fiery Sichuan greats, and join the city-wide debate over the best place for dumplings and the ritual Sunday yum cha.

Melbourne's silk route begins of course in and around Little Bourke Street: Chinatown. Here, the feted Flower Drum draws celebrities and foodies alike for delectable Cantonese awarded three hats in The Age Good Food Guide. Nearby, crowds gather for legendary yum cha at Shark Fin Inn and night owls slink into Melbourne after-dark institution Supper Inn.

Beyond the red and gold quadrant, you'll find elegant, contemporary northern Chinese fare tucked away upstairs at Federation Square's Bokchoy Tang, and flavours galore across the way at Southbank. Linger over banquets with river views at Red Emperor, or rub shoulders with high rollers in the deluxe surrounds of Silks and Neil Perry's two-hatted Spice Temple at Crown.

South of river, sample a modern take on family recipes from rural Shanghai at David's in Prahran. Put some fire in your belly at South Yarra's Dainty Sichuan, or try Lau's Family Kitchen, St Kilda's more wallet-friendly offering from the Flower Drum stable. 

Explore Melbourne's laneways and eat streets to seek out your favourite spot for a special occasion, lazy yum cha or quick dumpling fix, or pick up sticks at some of our favourites below.

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Lucy Liu

Give your tastebuds a flying kickstart with this pan-Asian culinary angel. It's all action at this neon-lit laneway kitchen and bar.

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Red Emperor

Enjoy river views with yum cha, banquets or a la carte dining with provincial Chinese specialties, at this popular Southgate establishment. Book ahead.

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Supper Inn

Soak up the bustling atmosphere of late night dining in Chinatown and tuck into a tasty Cantonese menu, featuring favourites like suckling pig.

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Dainty Sichuan

Search high and low for a hotspot (or hotpot) fierier than Dainty Sichuan, a two-level, sweetly decorated space serving a menu of 60-plus specialties.

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Ricky & Pinky

Channel a night out in a country pub crossed with a Chinese restaurant circa 1972 at Andrew McConnell's Ricky & Pinky at the Builders Arms Hotel.

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Bokchoy Tang

Treat your tastebuds to the tangy flavours of contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine. Dip into yum cha or indulge in the full fine dining experience.

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Flower Drum

Create a special occasion so you can head to Flower Drum for novel Cantonese fare that garnered two more hats in the Good Food Guide.

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Lau's Family Kitchen

Experience the feted pedigree of the Flower Drum's almost psychic service and delectable cuisine at the more wallet-friendly Lau's Family Kitchen.

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Spice Temple

Once you've tried Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown you'll find it hard to go back to lemon chicken.

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