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BAMBU is a new eating house fusing modern Australian cuisine and Asian-inspired hawker style food. Grab a quick bite from the hawker hut, dine in or dine undercover whilst taking in the hustle and bustle of the South Melbourne Market.
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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020

I do like this restaurant when they serve you with food that is on the menu. They have a tendency to swap out ingredients or totally leave out ingredients. When they get it right it’s really nice food.

1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020

I wouldn’t recommend to a friend just because the music was really too loud. I couldn’t hear my partner talk who was right next to me. This changed the whole mood of the place.

1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019

great range of food, we ordered a few different dishes and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. will definitely be back for more.

Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019

The food , service and atmosphere was great and would highly recommend this restaurant

Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019

excellent food and service, a bit noisy, but overall very good

1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019

Our experience was amazing - the food was delicious and the staff were so helpful.
It was our mum's birthday and they helped organise a cake and even came out all singing Happy Birthday to her!

Thanks again

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Dined on 23 October 2019

Went to Bambu with my boyfriend because we decided to stay in the docklands for a couple of nights for a romantic getaway.
We love asian fusion & this restaurant stood out to us, i was so extremely happy with the service.
The food was amazing and we were expecting to spend a little bit of money at this dinner. But we were wrong, we spent way over budget & were so incredibly happy with our date!
Thank you to the guys at Bambu :)

1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019

We arrived for our 7pm booking which we booked online and requested an indoor table. We were put outside. We then waited 40 minutes without being offered a drink. We ordered including drinks at the same time. All the food we ordered, several small plates as we were a group of 5, arrived all at the same time. There was no room on the table and we were forced to rush to eat the food to make room. We needed to stack empty plates for more room.
We then ordered a further small plate and further drink at the end and the food was forgotten.
For the amount we spent, we expected much better service.

1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019

We really enjoyed our meal it was delicious......a little tight with the seating ....service was great though ....totally recommend 😃😃

1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019

I shared 3 different plates with a friend and each one tasted better than the last. My taste buds were having a party!
I have been before and have never been disappointed... well done team!!

1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019

Second visit and it lived up to expectations. Great price point, fresh, well prepared and presented food - and a bit of a hawker stall vibe. We'll be back.

Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019

I should preface this review by saying I'm a regular diner at BAMBU - but typically I visit during the week for lunch (and sometimes even on a non-market day!!)
The food is great - accessible asian with Thai/Korean/Chinese influences. Great selection of smaller dishes for sharing (and the kitchen can adapt the numbers to suit your party). The bao are fantastic (I love the friend chicken) and all the dumplings are spectacular. The barramundi curry is my favourite dish and I always order this. This time we also tried the coconut beef curry which was gorgeous - highly aromatic and spicy. I can't recommend the food enough.
BUT, on this occasion, we went for Sunday lunch (I booked via OpenTable prior which is a new booking system for BAMBU). It was busy. Very busy. We had to wait five minutes for the diners to move off our table. The tables were wiped but we had no water (until we asked). There was no cutlery or chopsticks (until we asked). Our drinks took over 10 minutes to arrive. We ordered our food with some basic preference for how we'd like it brought out. This is not going to happen on a Sunday - it comes when it comes!!
So I absolutely recommend BAMBU but if you go on a weekend, you need to tolerate some inconsistencies with service. I guess that's to be expected at any of the South Melbourne Market eateries though.
I recommend lunch on Thursday when it's still bustly not panicked :)

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Dined on 31 August 2019

Bambu has great food. I've always enjoyed the dishes I have tried. The staff are nice and it's lovely to sit outside in Summer. I find being indoors a little noisy with the concrete floors. I think the food is very reasonably priced as well and the quality consistent.

Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019

BAMBU is one of my favourite places in South Melbourne!
The fitout is contemporary and simple and because of the hard surfaces it can get noisy but mostly it's must bustly. Service is friendly and efficient.
Wine list is accessible with some great French options. They also have full bar (which suits my dad who always starts with a martini!!)
The food is exceptional - Thai influences erring towards the sweet palate. The prawn spring rolls are a generous serve and fantastic with mint and avocado dipping sauce. All the dumplings are sensational, I especially like the chilli prawn. The bao buns (made in the outside kitchen) are a great deal and the friend chicken are my favourite. The servings are all generous and great for sharing.
My FAVOURITE dish is the barramundi curry - slightly sweet green curry sauce with perfectly cooked barramundi and vegetables. It really is a standout!!
I eat here regularly (every couple of weeks) and have never had a bad meal.
They recently added OpenTable booking which makes it especially easy. It can get busy on market dates (booking recommended) although Thursday is a great day to go (as parking is a breeze).

Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019

bambu has great food and reasonably priced. the only problem with the restaurant is that it is so loud and very hard to have a conversation with the person next to you.

Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019

Amazing staff, quick service, AMAZING food!
We got in early and were almost the only people seated indoors on arrival.
Staff made sure we were never without a drink and offered help selecting food for two people.
We took on their suggestions and were wrapped with everything.
Will be back again and highly recommend their food if you like spicy food!