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“Delicious food though service not fantastic ”
Review of Lee Ho Fook

Lee Ho Fook
Ranked #187 of 4,622 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

I was meeting friends for a meal, but we first had a drink downstairs. The barman was very friendly and helpful. After a drink we went upstairs to our table and were promptly given the drinks menu and waters. It then took a good ten minutes or more before our drink order was taken, then another 5 minutes to get drinks. A little long in my book. Then we finally got the menus. No specials were mentioned and it wasn’t until we were half way through selecting dishes did the waitress tell us the specials. We were satisfied with the amount of dishes we had ordered, though the waitress tried to push us into ordering more. We didn’t. The signature eggplant dish is delicious, bursting with flavour and crunchy texture. Worth going here just for this dish. We had the wagyu beef, the sweet and sour pork special, kingfish sushimi and fried rice. All courses delicious, I would certainly go back. The service is what lets this place down, also music a little too loud. Random selection with bon jovi living on a prayer blasting out.

Worth a visit though.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

With mega long cues at our usual Melbourne CBD favs (Chin Chin & Supernormal) we decided to give Lee Ho Fook a go. Very glad we did.
The food was excellent - actually it was fabulous. Beautiful flavors & great variety. Perfect for sharing with friends. Plus the drinks menu is comprehensive. As a gin drinker I was delighted to see lots of Aussie distilleries represented.
If it is traditional Chinese food that you are after this is not the place for you. Think fresh contemporary flavours with a new take on old school dishes. The crispy eggplant dish is amazing! Highly recommended.

Thank JMTE
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

This was a corporate dinner and because there were 10 of us we had no choice but to choose a set menu. They dictate a set menu for groups of 10 or more. Almost every dish was brilliantly cooked, superbly presented, however, the size of the portions were embarrassingly small. In fact one of my colleagues suggested we go to McDonalds after dinner. Ambiance was great and they did have free sparkling mineral water for the whole meal. I guess its not my place to judge what is appropriate meal size. It took approximately 45 minutes between entree and main to arrive which is intriguing given we had already chosen the set menu way in advance. On a separate note, we had two vegan eaters and they raved about the quality AND quantity of food.

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1  Thank Bhasker N
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Lee Ho Fook is a hidden gem. Once you make it upstairs you are greeted by a warm ambiance and friendly workers. The food comes in small portions so you'll want to get one of their specials; they offer a six course meal and an eight course meal. Both provide great value.

If you are going make sure to ask for Mickey. She's the best waitress I've ever had in Australia. She's truly as good as they get. She has a warm, bubbly personality and truly knows the menu. She helped us navigate the menu and made several great choices for us (make sure to try the fried eggplant dish!).

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1  Thank 701daneb
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Chose this restaurant for a late dinner on a Thursday night.

We arrived eager to discover what exciting changes had been created in fusion dining here. The place was noisy so not a good choice if looking for a quiet conversation. The bar area was downstairs but dining was up a flight of stairs.

We seated ourselves with our little group and menus were brought to our table.
The dishes were sharing plates.

We picked out a few to start us off - chicken crackling, typhoon tofu and roasted spatchcock. None of these impressed, chicken crackling the least.

Next came half a roast duck, and the steamed barramundi - both were simply presented, loaded with flavour and fresh.
For those used to seeing a whole fish on a plate when ordering steamed fish in a chinese restaurant, do not expect that here. The barramundi dish comprised of a few fillets.

Lastly and forgotten by the waiter as we had to remind him that we had not yet been served this, came the wagyu beef, which as it turned out was very tasty.

Onto dessert - pumpkin seed ice cream, green tea infused custard and choc cherry mignardise: all very unusual, not visually appealing, happy we tried it, but would not order again.

6 Sharing plates plus rice and dessert to satisfy three and a half small appetites and only just. The sharing plates were small and costly for the meagre serve size.

Wait staff appeared to be just going through the motions of their job, no smile, no pleasantries and a bit distracted handing out menus upside down.

Plenty of parking available in the parking buildings on Flinders Lane during a weeknight with a reasonable flat fee for the evening parking.

Overall, with the exception of the barramundi and wagyu, the restaurant rated average for food and poor for service.

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