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Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

4.4
4.4
36 Reviews
$41 to $100
Asian
Founded in 2007, Secret Kitchen brings to the city of Melbourne chinese dining experience the like of which you
won’t find anywhere else in the state. Combining traditional flavours with innovative techniques, an extensive variety of menu items and an incomparable atmosphere, Secret Kitchen offers its guests an inimitable feasting experience. We are awarded one of the top Yum Cha restaurant on Time Out Melbourne and rated 4 stars out of 5 by The Age Good Food Guide. Secret Kitchen is located strategically opposite Her Majesty's Theatre, also serving pre-theatre menus for your before show meal.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0421 738 107

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 36 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food in service
  2. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice, but expensive, long wait even though we booked

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review James. Hope to see you again soon

  3. W

    Whiz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yum Cha for 2 on Sunday 26th June 2022 - our dining preferences have never been @the city for many, many years due to many factors of inconvenience. Professional Service - while queuing to be seated in the next/last round of Yum Cha of the day. There were a bit of a hiccup with a group of diners on their way out sharing/splitting the bill. At the end, she stated "it's fine" and the group left. Kristina then apologies to all those waiting in the queue (not that she had to but I've believed it may have held us up from our seating session etc.) We were seated at the very end (closest to the entrance) - staff were courteous and we weren't forgotten. One of the staff have mentioned that she will ensure we get our share of food (dim sum) from the trolley even though we were at the very end (nice touch!). Food are a tat overpriced, it was good with varieties but not outstanding to an extend that I must go to the City/Secret Kitchen to enjoy Yum Cha. Requested a dipping dish of XO sauce for the Dim Sum but gave it a miss unless you are willing for the $12 damage (a small dipping dish of sauce). Ordered an Iced Coffee, the brew was not strong enough when asked, Kristina mentioned that there were 3 shots and also offered to give me another shot which I've refused. Without a doubt it's was very well made topped with ice cream but it was the coffee bean/blend itself to blame. The bill came to $192+ inclusive of 3 serves of take-away and 10% surcharge for Sunday and/or Public Holiday, paid $200 (tips). Would I recommend Secret Kitchen - Chinatown Melbourne? The answer is 'YES' if you are in the area with other commitments. If you are coming into the city just to dine, my honest opinion would be a 'BIG NO' unless it was an invite/gatherings chosen by another host and/or other options have exhausted. Simply put "Parking is ABSURD" in the city!

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review and patience on that day Whiz. Hope to see you again soon

  4. T

    Tony

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    There was a line of over 50 people trying to sit down for their 12pm booking 5 minutes past the booking time. Manager did not address this at the time and afterwards made up an excuse about their payment facility being down when people were still leaving their expired booking. The trolley passed our table multiple times without stopping to ask what we wanted. Do not recommend.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoHi Tony, I'm sorry for your experience. It maybe some hiccups in the operation that day We still hope to see you in our restaurant again ;)

  5. B

    Barryt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing,small portions but fantastic

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Barryt. Hope to see you again soon

  6. J

    Jeggniec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was good, most of the staff (not all) were friendly and warm. Food was excellent and will recommend to family and friends.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Jeggniec. Hope to see you again soon

  7. KO

    KimO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. And great variety. Would highly recommend. Make sure you book in advance

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review KimO. Hope to see you again soon

  8. l

    lene

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    More attentive service. Rather hard to get attention from the server.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Lene. Will improve on our service for your next visit. Hope to see you again soon

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food & quick to get in when you have booking.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review . Hope to see you again soon

  10. SC

    SueC

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent along with the service. The crab was a treat. Also, a handy location close to theatres. A bit expensive but it was well worth it.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review SueC. Hope to see you again soon

  11. SR

    SharonR

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal with courteous and attentive staff (special thanks to Andy). We were asked as soon as we arrived whether we needed to be out by a certain time which was appreciated. Food was delicious and the pace was perfect. We will be back.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Sharon. Hope to see you again soon

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favourite yum cha in Melbourne. Great food and service and lovely interor
  13. PS

    PennyS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great quality yum cha. All the classics. Good service. Great ambience. We loved all (6) loved it.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Penny. Hope to see you again soon

  14. N

    Neil

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Very busy. Rushed service. Had some expensive yum cha plates put on our table that we didnt order

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Neil. Hope to see you again soon

  15. JW

    JonW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Terrific service, but overpriced and lacked atmosphere

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Jon. Hope to see you again soon

  16. P

    Phoenix07

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great. Very accommodating with dietary requirements. Good for big groups or special occasions.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded 1 day agoThanks for your kind review Phoenix. Hope to see you again soon

  17. L

    Laxxx

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Dining time was a little bit short, longer will be better
  18. S

    Shazabelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What amazing tasty food. We were really impressed. Great service, great food what more could you want.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service was very rushed and food was average . Prices where pretty ludicrous $28 for a small bowl of fried rice
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Quick service before theatre and food was fresh and tasty
  21. S

    Sann

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Authentic Yum Cha just as it was Trollies coming around to the table Tad expensive but worth it
  22. AC

    AnnC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had never been to Secret Kitchen before, being from Sydney. The food was good, especially the roast duck, but what really charmed us was the friendly service and buzzy but not too noisy atmosphere. Everything just right. Will go again, next time I’m in Melbourne.
  23. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service for a pre-show meal. Highly recommended.
  24. MR

    MikeR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    If you seek excellent Chinese cuisine, comfortable surroundings and very good service in the CBD look no farther than Secret Kitchen.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely venue, delicious high quality yum Cha and amazing service.
  26. CH

    8CHOI

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The restaurant is very busy (as usual) during weekend lunch. Staff are very attentive and efficient. Overall the place is clean and cleaners will tidy up the restaurant (even the toilets) after every sittings.
  27. VN

    VeeNg16

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here a few times and hands down this is the best Yumcha place in Melbourne! They're very busy so just be patient when ordering/asking for condiments/drinks but the food cart services are very fast and the waiters are friendly and attentive. Highly recommend for a weekend family gathering :)
  28. BV

    BiiV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very nice food . Me and family quite enjoyed it .

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded on 6 June 2022Hi BiiV, thank you for your kind review Hope to see you back at our restaurant again :)

  29. MG

    MikeyG

    Victoria

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was AMAZING. We had their signature dishes: Fried Rice, Spicy Sichuan Fish, Roast Goose. Absolutely delicious. The service was excellent. Great wine list too. A little on the pricey side, definitely a great place for a special occasion.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded on 6 June 2022Hi MikeyG, thank you for your kind review Hope to see you back at our restaurant again :)

  30. VC

    VcCuong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time being there to try yumcha we had a few recommendations from friends so decide to come try. Dumplings was unique the skin was thin stuffing was juicy,Flavour was on point. Alot of variety's we couldn't try it all staff was exceptional,service was great looks very fancy. Overall would come back again to try more selections, if your planning a date at yumcha this is the place to go.
  31. VG

    VGV333

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very busy but well organised on the Sunday we visited. A great selection of Yum Cha which started the minute we sat down and were all very tasty. A few dishes we ordered were surprisingly expensive and with the 10% surcharge for Sunday overall the outing was more expensive than we had anticipated. But cannot fault the quality or the service.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded on 6 June 2022Hi VGV333, thank you for your kind review Hope to see you back at our restaurant again :)

  32. D

    Dylan

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    Seemed to be a lack of variety of food and expensive for what we got

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded on 6 June 2022Hi Dylan, thank you for your kind review Hope to see you back at our restaurant again :)

  33. d

    dianag

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    From reviews, my expectations were high and I was disappointed. The regular yum cha trolley items ranged from poor [ the pork spare ribs in black bean sauce were all bone and fat] to adequate [ shu mei and other dumplings]. Our two 'ordered' dishes were delicious. [prawns in fried bean curd skin and black truffle shu mei]. The bill for 2 people for Sunday yum cha lunch, without drinks was over $100; much the same dishes at our Sunshine local restaurant costs about $60 and, in my opinion, of equal and better quality.

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded on 6 June 2022Hi dianag, thank you for your kind review Hope to see you back at our restaurant again :)

  34. T

    Tofubogan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was amazing! Portions were very generous as opposed to most other yum-restaurants. The only criticisms are that some dishes such as the Roasted meats are too expensive for the portion size in my opinion. But other than that minor criticism, my partner and I had a very enjoyable eating experience and expect to re-visit Secret Kitchen again in the near future!

    Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBDResponded on 6 June 2022Hi Tofubogan, thank you for your kind review Hope to see you back at our restaurant again :)

  35. H

    Hools

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great spot for a team lunch. Good dumplings and very quick service
  36. ML

    MargaretL

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was mediocre. Your trolley lady recommended a dim sum - fillet of beef in black pepper sauce which turned out to be disappointing. Your ham sui kok was disappointing in particular. As was your woo kok ( taro dumpling). Your beef balls were very hard in texture. You need to examine & review your dim sums’ quality. They are of a very poor standard in my opinion. My friends also agree.

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Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD is rated 4.4 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

222 Exhibition St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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