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Tian38, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Tian38

4.1
4.1
41 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 18 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 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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41 Reviews
  1. CameronF

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great meal. Luv this place food is magnificent.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, friendly staff, nice place looks well presented. Private room is available, even though we did not use it. Use of water to clean hands and gloves that are provided for messy /saucy foods is a nice and smart idea.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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FAQs

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 4.1 stars by 41 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 18 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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