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Red Emperor, Southbank (VIC)
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Red Emperor, Southbank (VIC)


Red Emperor

M10/3 Southgate Ave, 3006 Southbank (VIC)See map

Average price A$65


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Hon Kau and his trusted, imaginative team are reinvigorating the Red Emperor menu, which will contain some hallmark Red Emperor dishes and exciting additions from a range of Chinese provinces using fresh local produce.

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Chef Hon-Kau Hui
Average price A$65
American express Welcome
Ox tongue with seaseme sauce
Smashed cucumber & garlic

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Calamari and Chinese Broccoli  - Red Emperor, Southbank (VIC)


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  • Marilyn P.
    Marilyn P.

    July 30, 202115 reviews


    Wonderful dining experience. A return date is in the offing. Staff and food are excellent. A terrific restaurant to visit anytime. Menu extensive and wine list comprehensive.

  • Peter L.

    July 4, 20211 review


    Prompt and friendly, efficient service

  • Steve F.

    July 3, 202129 reviews


    Always a great experience. The food and the staff are great. Also, they cater for and understand Coeliac (GF) requirements. They even stock GF Beer - O-Briens.

  • Sandra K.

    May 23, 20211 review


    Visited Red Emperor on the most beautiful Melbourne autumn day we love the view from the balcony overlooking the Yarra watching the happenings on the water, Apart from the ambience we love the food excellent yum cha and great variety.

  • Maree M.

    May 1, 20211 review


    This restaurant was fantastic and great atmosphere. Awesome range of gluten free options service was quick. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Peter S.

    April 18, 20211 review


    Very tasty food, and a plethora of gluten free and vegetarian options. It isn't cheap food, but it is delicious and decent servings. The one blemish was that the service didn't match the food price - we had to constantly flag down the wait staff for any service, which was unfortunate. That said, it was still a lovely meal.

  • Jayce M.

    April 11, 20211 review


    Food exceptional, service was fairly lacklustre for first 20 minutes but improved markedly throughout lunch. As it was an “all you can eat” yumcha Sunday, we had to wait outside with a hoard of hungry people for what I assume was a second sitting, to start at 1.30. I would suggest seating people (particularly those with reservations and who intend to eat a la carte) as they arrive, as opposed to seating everyone at once. Overall, a good experience - we were able to order one of my favourites - Singapore style king prawns, off menu. Wine list good too. Will be back, might avoid a Sunday next time though.

  • Thanh N.

    March 8, 20211 review


    Great yum cha! Dumplings are so freah! Everything are well seasoned and just right! Staffs are polite and very attentive. Ambience is also great! Will definitely return

  • Alexandra P.

    March 3, 20211 review


    Fantastic place to go for Yum Cha lunch, amazing view, good food and great customer service. Central to the city centre. Easy to book. Clean and traditional decor.

  • Harriet L.

    February 12, 20211 review


    Red Emperor is a great restaurant for Cantonese cuisine, especially yum cha. Wait staff were friendly and professional. Pricing is on the high side, though expected from the locale.

  • John W.

    February 10, 202110 reviews


    The food was superb - the Peking duck was delicious so glad we got 2 each. And the mains of sweet and sour pork and salt and pepper calamari with side of Chinese broccoli was perfect combination. Our service was impeccable from start to finish - thank you to the young lady and the rest of the team. And our table on the verandah was spot on for this evening. Definitely recommend and will be going back again.


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  • Paul G.

    February 10, 20211 review


    Best chinese dinner we have had in Melbourne. Very authentic. Menu to suit a range of palates. Mud crab cooked perfectly. Fantastic anniversary evening overlooking the Yarra.

  • Diane H.
    Diane H.

    January 31, 20216 reviews


    We did not think that the food was as good as some places in Chinatown. No roast pork nor roast duck in the $60 deal. That was poor. For $180 for three, it was not up to standard. Also the chilli oil had no oil. Just lumps of chilli. We had to ask for oil. The service was agreable particularly from the young lady serving us. The location was excellent. Please note that one of the toilets in the Ladies has no lock on it.

  • Danielle C.

    January 24, 20214 reviews


    We had a lovely meal and enjoyable birthday celebration. The food was tasty and fresh and the service was excellent. There was an extensive menu of Chinese favourites as well as many other dishes.

  • Helen S.

    January 21, 20212 reviews


    The meal was outstanding ,.every course was presented to a high level the staff was happy professional. we had a lovely outdoor table ,we will definitely go back and recommend to family ,friends

  • Stephanie D.

    January 17, 20211 review


    Great yum cha as always, although there seemed to be slightly less variety than usual. Their gluten free options are many and made so well you couldn't tell they are GF.

  • Wendy P.

    January 13, 20219 reviews


    Went to red emperor for my husband's Birthday , sat on balcony with lovely views over the water , food was excellent , wait staff were attentive but not overly , & can't wait to go back again...

  • Fiona C.

    January 3, 20211 review


    The yum cha was delicious, so good we virtually rolled out the door when we were done!!! And the service was excellent too. Love the location, at Southbank.

  • Melissa L.

    January 3, 20214 reviews


    Helpful and attentive service, lovely setting as we were seated near the window overlooking the Yarra, many dim sum options to cater for various dietaries among our group (vegetarian, fructose intolerance). Also love that they have trolley service! Also I changed the booking to 6 over the phone and Red Emperor were very happy to accommodate this. Food came out very fresh, good variety of options and staff were happy to take our order for vegetarian dumplings, noodles and bao. Great range of vegetarian friendly options, which can be hard to find at yun cha. We tried a range of dumplings, bao, cheung fun, turnip cake, sticky rice in lotus leaf, and idk the English term for them but those dessert deep fried red bean balls with sesame seeds on the outside :) Tea and water were topped up regularly without us asking once. Would definitely return to try more dishes and for the excellent service!

  • Judy J.

    January 1, 20211 review


    Upon arrival we were asked if we wanted to pay as we ate or do the $60.00 each all you can eat. We opted for the all you can eat but what a disappointment. Almost every trolley that came past they ignored our table and served the tables around us who were paying as they ate. The trolleys that stop the most were the steamed dumpling ones (cheapest option of all). When we did finally ask for a menu to order we ordered honey bbq pork which came out after 10 minutes COLD also ordered sticky rice which took 20 minutes and finally ordered sago pudding which took 35 minutes to come out. They had no hesitation in constantly offering drinks (of course paying for these separately. Don’t know if I would go back again.

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How to get to the restaurant

M10/3 Southgate Ave, 3006, Southbank (VIC), Australia

Additional information

Melbourne City, South Wharf, Southbank

About the restaurant

Eat like royalty

A local institution in the heart of Southgate, Red Emperor is the perfect spot for a sophisticated feat. Inside, the warm tones of red and gold create the perfect synergy for professional functions, family meals or intimate dinners - and with a panoramic view of the city the scene is set for a perfect night. The menu contains rich traditional fare that has been prepared by a team of highly experienced chefs. There is an a la carte menu in addition to their famous yum cha spread and banquet options. They make a particular point of not using MSG and all the ingredients are superior and treated with the utmost respect. For an unforgettable feast get to the Red Emperor where you'll eat like a king.

Best dish: Eight treasure duck whole (48 hours notice require).


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