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Holiday cheap eats: Where to satisfy your rice lust over the summer break

Meld Magazine

Mon Dec 22 2014


SPENDING the festive season here in Melbourne and wondering which of your favourite Asian eateries will be doing business as usual? Gabriella Ariffin has compiled a list of destinations for satisfying that rice lust if ham or turkey ain’t your thing. 


Must. Eat. Rice. If that’s what you’re secretly thinking between mouthfuls of ham, turkey and Christmas pud, then this list might bring you some festive cheer. Where to forage for Asian cheap eats over the summer break, with the odd ramen shop thrown into the mix for good measure.

Business as usual  

366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Killiney Kopitiam Lygon
114 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Except Mondays

Coconut House
449 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

437 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Pepper Lunch
311 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

I Love Pho 264
264 Victoria St, Richmond

QV Food Court
Corner Swanston and Lonsdale streets, Melbourne

Everyday but Christmas Day

Melbourne Central Food Court
Corner Swanston and La Trobe streets, Melbourne

Emporium Cafe Court
287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Westfield Doncaster,
619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster

Ajisen Ramen
Melbourne Central Dome, 265 La Trobe St, Melbourne
130 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

PappaRich Doncaster
540 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
Half day on Christmas from 11-3pm
New Year’s Day TBC

Ying Thai 2
110 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

Open most days 

Level 2, shop 11, Qv Square, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Closed December 25, January 1

Killiney Kopitiam Bourke St
1/108 Bourke St, Melbourne
Closed December 25-26,January 1

Carlton Curry House
108 Lygon St, Carlton
Closed December 25-26, January 1

Thai Culinary
433 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Closed December 25-26, December 31 – January 1

Darac Bar & Grill
53 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
Closed December 25, December 31

Big Mama
466 Swanston St, Carlton
Closed December 25, January 1

Re-opening in early January  

Ayam Penyet Ria
248 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
Closed December 23 – January 2

Shanghai Street Dumpling
342 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
Closed December 28 – January 5

Rose Garden
435 Elizabeth St, MelbourneClosed December 22 – January 5

Momo Sushi
660 Swanston St, Carlton
Closed December 22 – January 5

126 Koornang Rd Carnegie, VIC 3163
Closed December 22 – January 5

Re-opening in mid and late January  

Wonder Pao
Down hall, interior of building Shop 4/19-37
A’Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000Closed December 20 t0 January 14

Norsiah’s Kitchen
604 Swanston St, Carlton
Closed from December 24 for a month