Restaurant Guide

Lee Ho Fook: Restaurant review

Address

11-15 Duckboard Pl
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm
Dinner Mon-Fri 6pm-10pm

Prices

E $9-$16
M $20-$45
D $7-16;
Banquet menu $88

REVIEW

You're faced with a choice: ascend the stairs to Lee Ho Fook or settle into the neon-lit surrounds of Good Luck Bar. Upstairs, amid raw brick walls and exposed wooden beams, the atmosphere is refined but the food is electrically flavoured: an entrée of chicken crackling, done Chongqing style, is chewy, crisp, salty and pleasingly heavy on mouth-numbing Sichuan pepper; a larger dish comprising slippery potato threads, tender enoki mushrooms and slivers of fennel is strewn with dried Sichuan chilli and doused in pungent garlic oil; and a heady mix of fried garlic, coriander, and sil-gochu chilli threads does extraordinary things to tofu. For all the excitement on the plate, both kitchen and waitstaff can be slow-moving – the better bet might be the downstairs bar where the menu is smaller but the service is astute, and a bowl of lo-mein noodles served with pitch-perfect vegan XO sauce is as good as anything on offer on the upper level. And if you're missing Lee Ho Fook's signature crisp eggplant, just ask nicely – they're happy to send a plate down.
Phone:
(03) 9077 6261
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Victor Liong
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.