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About Ricky & Pinky

Introducing Ricky & Pinky, the Chinese restaurant within a landmark Fitzroy pub, run by Australian hospitality veterans. A rollickingly lively and fun place to gather with friends and family for delicious Chinese food, plentiful banquet menus, drinks & bar snacks and everything in between. Favourite aspects of Chinese dining experiences are seen in round tables, fish tanks, and of course the ubiquitous lazy Susan to make meal sharing practical and fun.

For dim sum die hards, experience the lunch time Yum Cha on offer every Friday Saturday & Sunday from midday until 4pm. The ultimate way to polish off the working week with colleagues, feast with family and friends or kick back into gear after a big night. No set menus, just a choose-your-own-adventure style experience with a menu of yum cha staples that sit alongside a rotating selection of more adventurous dishes.

211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, AU-VIC 3065
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Contemporary Asian

Hours of operation:
Yum Cha Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4.00pm

Dinner: From 5:30pm - 10:30pm 7 days

Cross street:
On the corner of Gore Street & Gertrude Street

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9417 7700

Website:
http://www.buildersarmshotel.com.au/

Catering:
A full Chinese a la carte menu is available offering smaller plates alongside medium to large dishes to share. For the best experience, the chef's banquet menu highlights the seasonal favourites of Ricky & Pinky, with dishes served in progression to share.

The Front Bar offers a smaller bar menu with snacks that are the perfect accompaniment to the extensive options available from the beer, cocktail and wine list.

Parking Details:
Street Parking Only

Public Transport:
Tram 86 from Bourke Street (Stop #15)
or
Tram 11 from Collins Street (Stop #13)

Executive Chef:
Andrew McConnell

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Builders Arms Hotel offers flexible dining options that can be tailored to your unique event, regardless of size or celebration.

Ricky & Pinky Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (85)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Special Occasions (54)
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Good for Birthdays (53)
Group Bookings (49)
Good for a Date (49)
Neighbourhood Gem (41)
Casual (37)
Fun (37)
Sunday Lunch (37)
Hot Spot (32)
Lunch (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Notable Wine List (28)
Business Meals (27)
Spicy (27)
Authentic (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Romance (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
People Watching (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Cosy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Outdoor Eating (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Average food and atmosphere. One of our dishes was forgotten so we ended the meal with a cold salad. Everything was still quite tasty. Food took a while to come out. Cocktails were okay. Some more options and something more exciting would go down a treat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined 5 days ago

Andrew doesn't disappoint - although I prefer the lamb from Supernormal - the deconstructed lamb dumplings was full of flavour and texture - love this incarnation of The Builder's Arms

Tags: Spicy, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service4
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 (London)·Dined on 11 September 2017

All the food was really good, we had a great bottle of Grüner Vieltliner. The staff we friendly also.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 10 September 2017

Our meal was just fantastic as was the service and the vibe of the restaurant. Food offerings were extensive , tasty and so well priced. However I was blown away with the price of my glass of champagne that I was offered at the start of the meal.... and yes I didn't look at the drinks list! $24 for a very small glass of very fine champagne was unnecessary. Can I suggest an alternative offering of Australian bubbles at a more modest charge?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
·Dined on 9 September 2017

A great night and well worth going! Excellent customer service - very friendly and attentive and remembered that one person was allergic to nuts and seeds and constantly checked if some dishes were suitable. Also, ordered a cocktail (on their recommendation) but it was not to one persons liking and they happy took it back without charging and they ordered another cocktail which was to their liking.
Overall, great tasting food, service and ambience.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 8 September 2017

We had the banquet, cocktails and some wine; it was all good value for money. The banquet was well balanced and excellent quality. The kitchen was easily vable to vary our timing and add extra things to our order. Professional wait-staff and front of house. Would definitely recommend this place for any occasion. (it was a little bit noisy but luckily we just upped our volumes and no problems!)

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on 3 September 2017

Great food at reasonable price. An interesting translation of typical Chinese cuisine into modern and creative standards.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on 3 September 2017

Overall food is good and worth the value, but would not be looking to come back as there are many other fusion restaurant options to try in Melbourne in the similar price range (So it is not the restaurant's fault, but the fact that they are many competitors!) Loved the semifreddo dessert.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 2 September 2017

We had a family dinner with three generations. Everything was perfect. We were made to feel so very special, even with a toddler. The service was so helpful, friendly and non-judgmental. The food was delicate, yummy and plentiful. Yay!!!!

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
ambience3
service4
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·Dined on 13 August 2017

Ricky and Pinky was great on the whole. We went there on a Sunday evening and it was pretty quiet, which detracted a bit from the atmosphere, however the food was quick, superb flavours and just the right size for the 2 of us.
Our waitress steered us through the menu in terms of how many dishes for 2 we would need. My friend has a habit of over ordering but this was just the right amount.

Standout dish for me was the cumin lamb which came with the lighted min pancakes, I've ever had. The dish was a supreme delight.

Good job , well done @rickyandpinky

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 13 August 2017

Great food that is original and interesting.
Had the set menu . Great value

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 8 August 2017

Loved Ricky and Pinky's! Expect nothing less though from the McConnell stable. Food was great. Our only negative is the restaurant space itself. Not a lot of character and left us a bit cold. But...we'll be back as the food and service was terrific!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Excellent and tasty! We had the banquet and loved the modern Chinese twists of the multiple courses.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 5 August 2017

We were pain-in-the-neck patrons who arrived late for our Saturday night booking and were the last ones to leave. I was surprised at how courteous all the team were despite the trouble we caused. They were always friendly, super helpful with the menu and drinks selections, and even continued to serve us drinks when the bar had closed! Service was excellent and not pretentious at all.

The food was delicious and the atmosphere is casual and fun. Really enjoyed our night here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Great food! Great service! Have the lamb ! We will be back !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 29 July 2017

The food at Rinky Pinky was imaginative Asian cuisine and good for sharing so that you can try several different tastes. However we went on a Saturday night and it was unbelievably noisy - hard floors and walls make the sound bounce around and we had to practically shout at one another to have a conversation. I wouldn't go back on a busy night, but I'd happily try again for a weekday lunch or dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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food4
ambience4
service1
value3

 
·Dined on 29 July 2017

Great food! But Service wasn't the best, and meals forgoten.

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food5
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service2
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

First visit to R&P and the food was very good. We had the vegetarian banquet and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had champagne to start and had another two rounds of wine with the meal and unfortunately the pours that we were given every time were very short. This was disappointing and eventually when we asked the server to top one of the wines up to the mark this did not go down well with her. This was the thing that spoiled the experience for us, but would recommend the food for anyone whom enjoys spicy vegetarian food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 25 July 2017

Great HK Chinese taste and friendly service . We will return

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 22 July 2017

We love this restaurant. The food is fabulous and as with Melbourne generally, the service attentive and charming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Spicy
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food5
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service4
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 17 July 2017

Just gets better and better
I love the share plate experience

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Great food,excellent wine list. Went with friends who had some food intolerances that were cheerfully catered for. Had banquet which had a great selection...fantastic desert!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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food5
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service4
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Don't be fooled by the exterior - there is some seriously good food here. I think every dish we had was very good, though special mention to the raw kingfish and the cold noodle salad. And the fried rice. Worth a visit for a special occasion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 14 July 2017

wonderful food at a great price, share plates the best way to go! Lemon chicken best I've ever had.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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food4
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service5
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·Dined on 14 July 2017

A fabulous night out with really delightful food. The best fried rice I've ever had. Great family oriented environment. Cheerful service. Thanks!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 7 July 2017

good food, great value for money and service was AMAZING

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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food3
ambience1
service4
value3

 
 (Perth / WA)·Dined on 1 July 2017

Met up with friends, all of us were from interstate. The restaurant was far to noisy for us to have a decent conversation. Had to have $65/head meal due to the size of our group. Most of us thought it was to overpriced for what we had. Probably won't go back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 23 June 2017

We had fabulous shared banquet meal. The food was absolutely delicious and the amount was just perfect. A few stand out dishes were the Kingfish, the wontons and the amazing granita dessert. Loved it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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food3
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 23 June 2017

I felt disappointed the menu had not changed from our last visit.

Tags: Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 21 June 2017

Food was delicious. We had the set menu and it was a lot of food! The flavours were wonderful with every dish. And the atmosphere wasn't too load to prohibit conversation like somewhere else we went recently. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 18 June 2017

Great local restaurant. Love the good food and good drinks selection. Been here many times.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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ambience2
service3
value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 June 2017

Great food, nice conversion and design. Great cocktail. Only problem was the Food served too fast.

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food5
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 June 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal
Service was excellent
Great wine

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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food4
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 8 June 2017

A comfortably large space, not too noisy, and excellent service. We loved the lamb ribs, chicken and seafood. Not sure if the broccoli was supposed to be refrigerator-cold but it tasted good anyway. 3 of us had the same fortune cookie which was a bit boring - apparently they had been much better on Valentines Day! Overall, a great dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 1 June 2017

Everything on the menu is great! Good service, delicious food in a fab location.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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food3
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service3
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 26 May 2017

The pub has a nice vibe but the food was quite disappointing compared to Supernormal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 14 May 2017

Great service and amazing food. They were very accomodating for dietary requirements and the food came out well-staggered.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 13 May 2017

Great dumplings. Blue eye was perfect. Order more than you think you'll need. It will still be affordable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 13 May 2017

Delicious food and great wait staff who served attentively without being over bearing. Food came out very quickly, possibly just a little too quickly but when requested a pause was given. We had the banquet which we thought was a fairly reasonable value for $65 per head. Could fault the food but the stand out dishes were kingfish, a tofu "stew" dish and beautiful light granita dessert that topped off the meal perfectly.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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service5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 28 April 2017

Great service good value tasty food would recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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