The Best Restaurants in Melbourne for 2023

If you’re after the real deal when it comes to Sichuan hot pot, you’ll find yourself in expert hands at this CBD spot — the first local outpost of a brand that originated in hot pot’s heartland of Chengdu. It’s buzzy, colourful and has the crowds flocking for big, fresh flavours and traditional Sichuan-style broths.

The kitchen’s boldly flavoured soup bases marry classic ingredients with top-quality Australian beef tallow; options ranging from the signature spicy broth, to a laksa-style number, to a dried fish maw and chicken soup. Choose from four levels of heat, and a vast array of add-ins to pimp your pot — including beef slices, lobster balls, pork belly, braised short rib and sweet potato noodles. Plus, stacks of things to suit more adventurous diners. Round out your feast at one of the best restaurants in Melbourne with some classic snacks and a few crisp imported brews.

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