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Tian38, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Tian38

4.0
4
39 Reviews
$41 to $100
Chinese (Canton)
Tian38 – A contemporary and progressive approach to Chinese cuisine. Paying homage to Chinese cuisine of yesteryear whilst asking ourselves what the next step is in its evolution.

Enter Tian38, simply a translation from “Shop38”, a nod to the simple naming convention some restaurants take in Hong Kong. Tian38 is a simple reference to our address in the heart of Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. A place where cultures intersect, a diversity is celebrated. Tian38 stakes in claim in contemporary Chinese cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Chinese (Canton), Chinese, Southeast Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9629 7175
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Exclusive Gallery Private Dining Room to seat up to 12 guests
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A TASTE OF SINGAPORE

    $59.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Wagyu Beef and Free Range Chicken Satay Platter- served with our house peanut satay sauce Hainanese Hazeldene Free Range Chicken- slow poached Hazeldene free range chicken served with seasoned soy, garlic, lime, chilli and ginger shallot sauce Golden Salted Egg Yolk Prawn- lightly battered prawns, wok tossed with our house made salted egg sauce, curry leaf and chilli flakes Garlic and Chicken Stock Rice- lemongrass, garlic, ginger, pandan leaf, chicken stock, jasmine rice Bok Choy with Crispy Garlic- wok tossed bok choy, oyster sauce, garlic Mango Pudding / Pandan Gelato- Your choice of one of the above desserts
    A TASTE OF SINGAPORE photo

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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39 Reviews
  1. SkippyBear

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We have eaten here several times and enjoyed it more than we did last night. We were seated towards the rear of the restaurant in an alcove, but unfortunately behind us was a large table of young females who became increasingly noisy as the meal progressed; so much so it was difficult to talk with our guests. We selected the fixed price menu at $59pp. The satay was good but the sauce was a little oily and lacked the true peanut texture. Prawns were tasty but I awoke with dry mouth so possibly contained too much MSG. Plenty of chicken rice; so much so that we took leftovers home. Unfortunately it lacked in the delicate flavour of Singapore, or even Malaysia, and no thick black sauce was available. The desserts were a triumph to recover some of the disappointment. Pandan gelato with gula melaka was flavoursome, as was the mango jelly. Service was very attentive.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my go-to restaurants when I’m in Melbourne. Love the food and service as well as the ambience. The mixed meat platter and garlic/ginger fried rice a must!

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  3. DawnL

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    First - the positive. The food is very good. We had the Taste of Singapore 'feed me' menu for $59 per head. The satays were delicious and the sauce and heat and umami and I could have eaten much more. The rest of the meal included egg yolk prawns, Hai an chicken including rice, and a lovely bok choy dish. Finally there was a choice of desserts and both were delicious and refreshing. Issues however surrounded casual, actually careless, service. On a cool Melbourne night, we arrived wearing coats only to be told that there were no facilities for hanging up outer garments and no apology so coats went on the floor. When asked whether we wanted water and responding tap, we received a bottle and two glasses. Food was brought out quickly and actually beat the cocktails that we'd ordered to the table. Once we'd finished, we sat waiting for service for 10-15 minutes without follow up from service and had to request that the tables me cleared and dessert brought. We also had to wave over a server - who was assisting the table beside us - and ask for refills for a water. After dinner had been completed and we were waiting for the check, there was no follow up whatsoever and we went to the counter to pay the bill. We discovered that they would not split the bill - which we were asking to split down the middle between the two of us - and I then discovered that the tap water I'd asked for had cost me $8. Apparently it was entered as 'still' water and had a charge. When questioned the server gave us a giggle and ignored any comments. Finally the bathrooms are an interesting configuration. Three unisex facilities are in a recess with a (single) shared basin for hand washing. I have no problem with the concept although one basin seems a little on the under resourced side, but would be concerned if seated at one of the tables opposite the alcove which was open to the restaurant. In summary, nice food, but the careless service and hidden charges mean that I wouldn't return.

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  4. AdrianK7

    Melbourne

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For a large group of 9 people we were never disappointed with every dish that was served. The Singapore style mud crab with noodles was yummy.

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  5. Donut

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff and amazing food. Fortunately I was dining with great company and that was the icing on the cake. A real gemstone in the rough of Flinders Lane. Highly recommend this restaurant for its delicious Singaporean cuisine.

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  6. RussellD

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is sensational. Have been there twice and looking forward to going back soon. Prices are reasonable, but crabs are a bit pricey, especially if they only have larger ones. My one and only complaint about the restaurant, which occurred both times we were there. Is the lack of service. You hardly see anyone, and when you need something , you had to chase or yell out. The guy who met us at the door and seated us, was very helpful, but if we have any issues. It’s just the lack of service. This won’t stop us going again as really the food is fantastic. But it would be great if they get the service side sorted

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a table for 9 people for my birthday. I just chose the 'taste of Singapore' which includes everything (e.g. etrees, main, dessert) as I do not wanna consider what food to order. Overall food and service are excellent. Amazing value as well.

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  8. sebb

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were not very attentive except for one of the staff members. My main issues was that nuts were served to us in the first course of the feed me menus after we were incredibly clear and asked on multiple occasions about nuts due to an incredibly serious nut allergy of my guest. Fortunately 5 minutes after the food being served the staff realised there was nuts and my guest was okay. Considering this mistake there was no comment from staff when leaving about this nor was anything offered to us. Very dissatisfied considering the overall quality of the restaurant. Food was excellent as always but unsure whether or not to return after this.

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  9. JefersonS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good environment, good food, excellent services. Great experience.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such amazing food and service! We were celebrating two birthdays, they graciously gave us the private dining room and allowed us to stay the entire night, could not be happier !!

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  11. ThuyV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were great. Standout dishes were the Salted Egg Prawns, Char Kwuay Teow and the Truffle Duck Fried Rice. The mocktails were very unique and yummy!

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  12. RamaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, enjoyed. Great ambience. Friendly service. We all enjoyed the overall experience.

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  13. sarahtya

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal with exceptional services. I enjoy every moment of it

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  14. Noodle

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a nice enough place and very convenient if you want to be close to this end of town but the food was only average - especially for the price. You’re better off walking a few blocks and eating in China town. Our preferred entree was “sold out” (at 7pm on a Saturday), our main was cold (and who doesn’t serve hainanese chicken WITH chicken rice? The rice is an important component to the dish!) Plain jasmine rice at an extra cost is absurd. Overall it was a nice meal - mainly because of the company - but I wouldn’t go there again.

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  15. GrantS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The pancakes were stuck together , I should have known as someone’s else that ordered the duck had put a bad review about the same dish . I did let the waiter know but it fell on deaf ears…. Wouldn’t go there again

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  16. CammieM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Chicken meat not good enough.....prawn is good, dessert of manago pudding is so-so

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  17. ClaudiaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great atmosphere. Very difficult to get staff attention. We got the set menu and received a different satay substitute than discussed with the staff. All in all a good experience, although staff could be a bit better.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. Staff was very friendly. Food wait time is too long

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing service and especially food delivery Ordered 2 entrees and 2 mains with fried rice We got the fried rice followed by the mains pretty much all at the same time and 2-3 mi latter the entrees- not good as food got cold as we made our way through food which was good but service was average

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  20. Andy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and great food. The service is also very good no complains

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good ambience, very polite waitresses, however the Char Kuey Teow we ordered was "saltier than the dead sea" as per my teenage daughter. We ended up pouring in a whole glass of water to make it more edible.

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  22. Alanso

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good as always. We had a banquet. Perhaps because of Chinese New Year there was not enough people to take orders and remove dirty dishes.

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  23. MichelleR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    For the price, food wasn’t great, chicken was cold, prawns were super oily.

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  24. LucyM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. However I had 2 prepaid restaurant cards and was only able to use one based on their confusion of their restaurant policy on how to use the prepaid cards, which caused unnecessary stress.

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  25. HamzaO

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good even though it was busy. However, we had to remind little things. Food was disappointing as we never experienced low performance before. I had XO Fried Rice and there were a few burned stuff on my plate. They shouldn't be serving people like that. My colleague had vegetarian fried rice and her one had sugar on it. It might be a mistake -- I believe it was supposed to be salt --. I understand the busy period could be challenging but people also wouldn't want to discuss with you the price when it comes to paying the bill in this kind of scenario.

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  26. RichardL

    Austria

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It would have been outstanding but for the duck main course. Tough and served chunks on the bone - this sort of duck should fall off the bone and be of pulled style which this was not

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  27. EllieE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner in the semi private dining area. There were only 6 of us but the table looked like it could have up to 10 people. It was separated from the rest of the dining area with curtains which isolated too much noise and made it a pleasant environment to catch up and have a conversation across the table. The food was fantastic and good value for money. We shared all dishes we ordered and everything came out quite quickly. The eggplant dish was a highlight as was the sauce from the clam dish which was packed with flavour. We will definitely be returning soon.

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  28. TammyM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and mocktails! Good service and ambiance.

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  29. Stevegogiants

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, good location good value for lunch or dinner, we will be back.

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  30. AdamH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best truffle / mushroom fried rice - it was delicious.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I did not dine here at all as they called me a few hours before my booking to let me know that that they have to cancel my booking as they overbooked. Even though I confirmed by booking the day before. They tried to offer an alternative time that is either too early or too late. We were looking forward to dining here to celebrate my sister’s graduation but was left with little time to organise another place during this busy season. Terrible service.

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  32. JessM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible service. Was there for a milestone birthday and was left quite upset. Was only offered one drink at the start of the meal, waited a long time for the table to be cleared between courses, and the wait time was long between courses. Even after I raised these issues with staff, we were still left neglected. Staff were folding table cloths while we were thirsty. The food was good, but found it hard to enjoy.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy food, great cocktails - in a lovely atmosphere! I will be back! 😊

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  34. Nikaela

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service. Would definitely come back again

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  35. Grish

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Highly recommend the Shao long bao dumplings.

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  36. ClareV

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my second visit to Tian38 in the one week and both times the food and the service were excellent.

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  37. BernardL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable, good food and service. Not too dear either.

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  38. JoanT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff is friendly and my daughter has a blast on her birthday eve dinner

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  39. Hayley

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was attentive without any pressure. Between the group we tried a good portion of the food and cocktail menu. Everything was faultless!

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You can order delivery directly from Tian38 using the Order Online button. Tian38 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9629 7175.

Tian38 is rated 4 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tian38

350 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Chinese (Canton), Chinese, Southeast Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9629 7175
  • Private party facilities
    Exclusive Gallery Private Dining Room to seat up to 12 guests
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