Ruyi

4.2
36 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary Asian
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Translating literally to 'as you wish', the name Ruyi derives from a Chinese heirloom symbolising power and good fortune.

A union of beautifully presented Chinese food, an impressive wine list, exceptional design and modern restaurant culture.

Working closely with renowned design studio, Hecker Guthrie and artisanal suppliers, Ruyi is a combination of premium food, wine and atmosphere. The interior palate is a very specific nod to traditional Chinese crimson and jade colours, in a modern context with its oxblood and sage tones.

Designer Paul Hecker was mindful of the Ruyi’s physical location and its proximity to other restaurants serving Chinese cuisine, so the fit out needed to have a sense of simplicity and earthiness to compliment this. We didn’t want the design to scream China; instead we wanted to subtly hint at the distinctly Asian influence,” says Hecker.
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DG
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service was amazing the only thing we didn't like was the lamb it was to.salty

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RF
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was inventive, exceptional quality. In a contemporary and cool room

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AM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

There’s a reason this place is empty on a Friday night in the middle of a street jam packed in every other establishment. The food all tastes the same - kind of heavy and sweet, with a sneaking suspicion some of it comes from the freezer section of a supermarket... A whole lot of narrative about the proprietor is on the menu, maybe a little less attention on their story, and more attention on the customer experience? This place is C grade quality in a B grade premises, masquerading as A grade. If you think this food is good, you really haven’t been around Melbourne enough.

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m
11 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

A quiet lunchtime and we were fussed over. Range of food was very interesting and all our dishes were tasty and value for money.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Service was polite and accommodating. We added an additional diner last minute and they were very helpful. Food was good but not outstanding. Quality of food was good but a little pricey for what it was. It is the least busy restaurant on Liverpool lane.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Just a lovely mid-range asian option - lovely staff, good cocktails, comfortable noise levels. Perfect when you want something a step up from cheap and cheerful (but want to avoid the queues at the popular asian fusion popular places).

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LK
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall we loved the food and service. We went with the 5 course banquet chosen by the chef, which we both enjoyed every course. We shared a dessert of three different plates which finished off the meal perfectly. To say nothing of the "Ginger Ginger" cocktail which was to good for words.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food.
Different to your 'normal' Melbourne suburban chinese restaurant (no lemon chicken or dim sims here) but all for the better.
Highly recommended.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Slightly disappointed in the food & service. When we arrived our table wasn't ready. We ordered drinks which took a half hour to arrive and had to ask if they were still coming. The food was very spicy and the "fire cracker was almost inedible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Het eten was erg lekker en niet te veel. De bediening was goed

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

料理とサービスは素敵です!友達は大好きです!

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JB
7 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and amazing service. Really nothing to fault - this place should be busier than it was!

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was nice, the dish was well thought out. Yet service was far from satisfaction, took very long for food to be served, waiter are nice but often too busy to see any customer, so in terms of food it's fine, in terms of service and management there's room for improvements

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MT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had an 8 course banquet for Lunar New Year. The servings were about right and flavours were fresh and delicate. Well executed. Not so keen on the Peking Duck bao but otherwise a enjoyable meal was had all round. Thanks Ruyi.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous meal, great service. Eggplant fries and tofu were stand-outs.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent taste sensations that both married and enhanced the total meal.
Friendly and helpful staff - great night !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious fresh food. The banquet was well balanced with flavours & textures. Portion size was also appropriate for several courses. Friendly atmosphere due to lovely & attentive staff. Modern & tasteful decor. And the size of the restaurant was important - just the right size so we could actually hear each other's conversations and were not too close to the next table. The background music was subtle and complemented the experience. The perfect small venue for great dining & happy conversation. We had a great evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails! Service was great too. Very accommodating to dietary requirements.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn’t fault this place- great location, delicious food at a very reasonable price and fantastic service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little Restaurant 👍 Food & Service were awesome

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service was fantastic and I probably should give five stars however the evening was not perfect. The lighting was dark and we could not fully appreciate the look of the food (hardly a big negative) and it is not cheap for Asian food but it certainly was better tham the normal Asian you get in Melbourne. I would highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was top notch, especially the pork dumplings, amazing! Having a vegetarian friend its hard to find good restaurants that serve both our needs, but ruyi was the best I've found so far. Thank you and we will definitely be back.

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K
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always sensational and the green tea and apple martini is the best cocktail I've ever had! Attentive staff and quite place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Very cute ambiance and stylish presentation. The food was delicious but Unfortunately they were out of many veggie options. The service was very busy, and missed the mark a couple times - not informing us of the missing dishes, not bringing menus and apologizing for things repeatedly. When we got the check early, the manager was very aggressive about wanting to know why, making me uncomfortable.

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P
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Ruined Valentine's Day . Will never go back here. Bad service. Bad food.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Under appreciated gem in Melbourne. Excellent food.

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The six-course set dinner on Lunar New Year eve was marvelous. Except we waited 2.5 hours (150 minutes!) for the full six courses to be served. The wait got really annoying after a while, the great food didn't do very much to make us feel better.

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C
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2017
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great food but disappointed with the time it took for the food to be prepared. We had raved about the place to visitors and felt quite bad as they sat there starving. Ruyi really need to improve the speed of their kitchen staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food was great, although, the hot sour soup was terrible. Service was appalling as food kept coming out in dribs and drabs with one meal coming out hours too late for the only lone diner left at our table waiting for their meal. Service co-ordination is required and the acoustis were so noisey could hardly think.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Entertained friends from interstate after the theatre. Service was excellent as was the food. Definately recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great meal here New Years Eve, was seriously impressed. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2016
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Good food and nice waiter but kitchen way backed up. Took 90 minutes to get food.

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BN
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were attentive and food was awesome.
We had 2 tasting menu and two mains and couldn't get through the lot.

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J
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been to Ruyi once a week in the past 3 months,every dish I have ordered has been good including the Kong Bao chicken, Fried Tofu with Szechuan mayo and the tangy wagyu. The cocktails my family had were also delicious and the food was great, the staff were quite nice as well,so that's why i give five stars.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went there for dinner with my friends, the environment was comfy and relax, felt like at home, the food were totally excellent, the service was friendly and professional, I hight recommended this restaurant, definitely will back again.

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F
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love RuYi's food and drinks. Also love the beautiful hand made pottery. Very impressed with the Bao Bao, Peking Duck cone and Wagyu beef. Definitely will come again soon!

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