If it's strictly fabulous, authentic food you are after, this is the place for you! If you want lovely interiors and great customer service, look elsewhere! This is a simple restaurant with simple interiors. However, the food is the best Chinese I have had in Melbourne (and I've had a lot). The best part is that the restaurant is open really late into the night so you can still have a great meal after a night out. Black bean beef and stuffed tofu..... yum.
The food is great, the atmosphere is busy which is great for a family. You can get in, eat and get home early. The staff are always friendly and we constantly crave the stuffed scallops, suckling pig and chinese broccoli. One of our favorite places to go
In typical Melbourne style, followed a dark lane way, past a few rubbish bins and voila we were at Supper Inn! After we'd waited on the staircase for 5 minutes or so (it was a Saturday night) we were led to our table. Even though the decor is bland and the room is cramped, the atmosphere was excellent. We ordered a range of dishes, we started with san choi bow, followed by sucking pig (a must have), stuffed steamed scallops (amazing), garlic prawns, salt and pepper calamari and steamed greens. We ate until we were bursting and the flavours were honest and robust. True Cantonese cuisine at its finest.
While I enjoyed the food at the Supper Inn, the service here definitely leaves something to be desired. I recommend you don't go here in a large group, as when I did this, some of the food did not arrive, and if it did half of the dishes were not what was ordered. I am not in a hurry to go back here.
I don't understand the hype around this place to be honest. After my husband raved about it I suppose I had high expectations. While the hours may be convenient, I wasn't impressed by the food at all. Maybe we ordered the wrong things... I think there was some form of Peking Duck and Cashew Chicken. It was really very ordinary, and pretty expensive for what you received. Maybe I am just used to NYC Chinatown where being open late is no special thing and the prices are much cheaper. Or maybe we just went there on a bad night. But I'm in no rush to go back.
Hungry in the middle of the night? Head down towards chinatown for Supper Inn. It is hidden at the back lane but please be prepared to wait in the queue. A typical noisy restaurant serving different types of porridge/congee and other yummy cantonese cuisine.
The best part is it is served by older and experience uncles and aunties.
Waiting in line outside to get in, all you see is a stairway up into the resturant and not really knowing what to expect when you get in. Atmosphere is your typical standard stereotype looking chinese resturant, food is average, but the overall experience makes it worth it.