BAMBU

4.6
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38 reviews
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$40 and under
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Asian
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.
What 38 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.6
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ginag
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

the food at Bambu is always great, we love the food and if we can not eat in will get take away. Food is amazing

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MarniS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and overall quality! Definitely recommend

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SamadhiL
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was so yummy came out super fast and the staff were so lovely would definitely go back

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stephanied
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Deeeicious and amazing staff every dish was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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LexyM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, Yummy cocktails and Lovely staff!

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AnkitaG
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Loved the food! All the curries are sooooo yum. and Baos. Slightly pricey but tastes amazing

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Gareth
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, generous portions, helpful waiting staff.

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BenN
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The entrees were poor value for money, they were too expensive in relation to the amount.
The Nasi goreng was also overpriced. Was similar to something I'd get at my local Thai restaurant but cost twice as much.

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice set up, food was good and staff were excellent.

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RachealQ
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our go to dinner spot here in South Melbourne! The food is always great quality and the staff are constantly so friendly!

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NickyTakesatrip
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great vibe! Chefs banquet is great value! Will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Had dinner here Friday evening, the place was quite cold. Customers was still wearing their coats whilst eating. The uber driver left the door open for the last 10 minutes. Felt sorry for the couple sat by the door. Shared the chefs banquet, the food was good but nothing to rave about. Satay Chicken was abit dry. The seafood dishes were the best dishes. Overall great value for money we had lots of food

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious. Music a little loud otherwise all good thank you.

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vipMitchell
Melbourne / VIC
57 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

By coincidence, we had booked during the Oyster and Jazz festival! We were sat in the outdoor area, which meant we were treated to some very interesting live performances and a really energetic vibe.

The food was amazing - from the Gao Baos (soft shell crabs all the way!) right through to the amazing curries on offer. Highly recommended, and we will be back!

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KimP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the food on the Saturday afternoon. The mussel festival was on and we booked a table inside, we were disappointed that our table was reserved outside. As it turns out the atmosphere was so much better outside and part of the festival. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was tasty and the choices were many. We enjoyed everything we ordered but the trio of bao was my favourite. I thought the price was good considering we had alcohol and tried a few dishes, we didn’t leave hungry.

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Kerr
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was fantastic. Service was patchy, we felt very rushed at the beginning - continually approached by different staff even though we had already asked for more time. We felt like staff were under instructions to get our orders quick so the table could be freed up. After we finished, the opposite was the case, unable to catch anyone’s eye to get the bill. The restaurant has a good vibe but it is noisy. We will eat there again though

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JonathanA
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all round and sooooo much food with the Chef’s choice menu.

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LeaH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is AMAZING !!! Saturday at 6:45pm was our reservation and from the very moment we walked in the team greeted us with welcoming smiles, showed us straight to our already set up table and their exceptional service did stop until we we ready to leave. We decided to have the banquet and I am VERY glad we did could not fault a single item that was brought to our table. Drinks were topped up prompting, even the cocktails we ordered came out very very quickly despite the restaurant almost being what looked like a full house. The quality of the food was really something else and it all was presented so well. Stand out dishes were all the bao buns we’ve all never had such fresh, light and delicate bao buns, they just melted in your mouth. They were that good the guys ordered more on top of our banquet. The red duck curry and was also another stand out, honestly everything actually was! It was really an amazing dining experience, we all will definitely be back and brining friends and family from all over.

Thanks again!!!

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JeffreyL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food. The share platter is definitely value for money. Staff were attentive and made sure we were well looked after.

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GeorgeD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Situated in the heart of the Market Precinct in South Melbourne, it’s a modern take on hawker style food that’s tasty and fresh.
Young crew knows it’s job and does it easily.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Quick and friendly service.

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LynetteM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

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.

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EMMaS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience1

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.

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hanny
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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PennyC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AndrewN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

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

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LakshmiC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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 :)

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

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.

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MELANIEJ
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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EliC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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!!

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GinaT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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LuciH
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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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LibbyC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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LuciH
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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).

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cantgetenough
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

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.

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ShaneS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

FAQs

BAMBU offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9686 1608.

BAMBU is rated 4.6 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.