Ruyi puts the glam into Chinese

Lettuce cups at Ruyi

Many of Melbourne’s best Chinese restaurants aren’t very glamorous, but Ruyi goes against the grain.  In an alleyway just of Chinatown, there’s not a formica table in sight at this moodily lit restaurant with its Hecker Guthrie designed blonde wood interior highlighted with vintage tiles and custom made stone tableware.  

Lettuce cups at Ruyi
Lettuce cups at Ruyi

I went there with Meat-and-Three-Veg for a quick pre theatre meal and managed to snag a walk up table, but you’re best to book here as it’s pretty popular.  The menu includes dishes from across China’s many regions with a contemporary spin.

Prawn dumplings at Ruyi
Prawn dumplings at Ruyi

There’s Ruyi’s take on Szechuan eggplant – reinvented as crispy “eggplant fries” ($12) with just the right amount of tongue tingling spice.  Instead of san choi bao, Ruyi serves up “lettuce cups” ($6 each) filled with minced seafood, celery and XO sauce.  The crisp lettuce is a great foil for the sweet seafood mixture.  Pork and chive dumplings ($12) have a great backpacker tan from the frying pan and are nicely crisp on one side while the filling is light and moreish.  

Caramelised ribs at Ruyi
Eggplant fries at Ruyi

While certainly not traditional, the caramelised pork spare ribs ($26) are fabulous with a sticky, sugary sauce coating the slow cooked meat which has us licking our fingers.  Ruyi is a great restaurant for a sneaky date night or when you want to eat Chinese which has style alongside substance. 

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Essentials
Details: Ruyi, 16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne (Ph 03 9090 7778)  
Damage: Pricey
8/10
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