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Lee Ho Fook
Chinese
  • 11 Duckboard Pl,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9077 6261,
    leehofook.com.au
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Lee Ho Fook
-37.815602,144.971308

Chef Victor Liong calls it cheeky Chinese. Others - noting the laneway location, the old red brick warehouse and its neon-lit bar - prefer to call it hipster Chinese. Lee Ho Fook marches to the beat of its own drum, but for all the cheek (Chongqing-style chicken crackling, the offbeat but effective mix of heirloom tomatoes, fried tofu and buffalo mozzarella with dried shiso and sumac), there's plenty of technique on this snack-and-share menu. Smoked eel, silken tofu and pickled shimeji mushrooms make for an ethereal two-bite entrée; eggplant cigars inside a toffee-crisp batter are sluiced with red vinegar for sweet-sour brilliance. And as for the wagyu tartare spliced with mapo tofu, it's a West-meets-East triumph with creeping Sichuan heat. There's plenty of fun to be had at this upmarket Chinese chophouse, but it also has serious smarts - including the wine list, which takes the road less travelled to the Old World - and super-savvy staff.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $7-$28

    M $29-$48

    D $6-$16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Victor Liong

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