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AU$30 - AU$500
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Chinese, Asian
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

A week ago, 16 of us went to Golden Boat Restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday. Management appeared to only want to use lower level of restaurant so we felt squashed in with area we were given. It was difficult to leave our seat &...move around. While I did enjoy my meal, our meals were brought out rather staggered. Some of our friends had finished theirs before my husband received his meal. When he eventually got his meal it was incorrect! He'd ordered Vegetable Stir-fry & was served a Combination Stir-fry. When he made a staff member aware of incorrect meal, his plate was taken back to kitchen & the meat was removed from his plate. The remaining vegetables comprising of only 2 - carrots & celery & the noodles were reserved to him. He could taste meat flavour!!! When our bill was put on our table (without our request) we were advised that they don't do "split bills"! This was news to all of us as there were no signage about this. Our table decided to pay cash, even though we all had originally expected to pay with card. One of our friends attempted to work out the amount each couple needed to pay. She spent quite a while doing this as she could not get amounts to balance with total. My husband then assisted, discovering that we had been charged for an extra meal! This would not have been noticed if one of us had decided to pay the total on eftpos!!! Having to work out our bill was an annoying & unsatisfactory end to our dinner. My husband and I go out for dinner weekly but we will not be patronising this restaurant again & we have told others about our very disappointing dining experience.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

Disappointing overall. Once escorted to our table the staff member walked away and began to set up other tables and cleaning shelves. The restaurant had 4 other small groups at tables. After waiting approx. 10 minutes we waved to a waitress to order drinks. Then...we waited about the same time again until we waved to a waitress to place our order. We ordered 4 different main dishes and found they were all flavourless. The waitress who served the meals did not know what she was serving. As she served the dishes we asked her which dish was what and she didn't know. I think the food is tasteless and overpriced and the staff lacking in experience. Would not recommend this restaurant. Dissapointed.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Had lunch with friends from Victoria, they expected the quality of food equal to the Shark Fin restaurants of Melbourne due to the price of the dishes, they and I were disappointed Service was ok but saying that, the hour or so we were seated...there was only 6 other diners, if the food was excellent you’d ignore the tired decor of the place but it wasn’tMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

Amazing! Excellent food. Excellent chicken feet! Totally recommend!!! Eat here if you like great yum cha

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 August 2023

I was pleasantly surprised by good quality of our yumcha DimSum lunch on Sunday 20 August 2023. Especially memorable were stuffed eggplant, garlic chive prawn & pork siumai, chicken feet were huge, gelantinous & perfectly cooked. The egg custard tarts were on the small side...and skin sesame balls too thick although the filling made up for that. They had a full-house but staff coped cheerfully. I would recommend yumcha dimsum lunch for a good experience. The chef is also the owner so he’s sure to aim for a high standard.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 May 2023

Always select this Chinese restaurant.The best Yum Cha in town.All the family agree .We have never been disappointed

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

Food is very bad. Chef has changed. No taste. Not fresh ingredients. Don’t go there ! Total waste of money. I was very angry after having such a bad meal.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

This is the second visit to the Golden Boat and not disappointed with the service and quality of food. The restaurant is clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. The food is excellent and I would recommend any of the duck dishes. The Golden...Boat definitely has the best tasting duck dishes I have experienced. I would highly recommend The Golden Boat for a comfortable and enjoyable night out and excellent food.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 18 July 2022

This restaurant was quite a find. The food was excellent. A little more expensive than normal, but absolutely delicious. Service was down to earth and welcoming. Excellent all round.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

The staff were friendly, the food was excellent, plentiful and well presented. I have had take away from here in the past and the first time I have dined in. Definitely one of the best Chines meals I have eaten.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

Unfortunately we found the owner rude he told us when we walked in restaurant was full we said we had a booking so we were allowed in !! Service was slow and Dimi Sim over cooked Satay Beef not that tasty

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 7 July 2022 via mobile

We are on holiday & on foot, this Chinese restaurant was recommended to us by local friends. On the website it states it’s open until 10.00pm. Regardless we rang through to check & the Chinese gentleman stated they shut the kitchen at 8.30pm & to...arrive before then. We arrived at 8.10pm & was told by the Chinese lady that the kitchen was closed & they were no longer serving. Very disappointing as we had walked a fair distance to eat there. Hope the food is better than the service, Good luck!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 18 May 2022 via mobile

We ordered the crispy chilli beef was perfection and we also have the salt and pepper pork loins and Singapore noodles with a reasonable curry hit. The upper mezzanine area is a little warmer if you don’t like the aircon. The staff were attentive and...friendly and the food spoke for itself I would really recommend it was a pleasurable evening. The big bonus being it is next door to Sauce the craft beer brewery what could be better 😎More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 10 May 2022

Disappointing, had some dishes including a combination short soup only to find half way through that the large partly cut chicken peices were not cooked thru. I did mention it to them and they gave me 20% off. Not the kindest gesture. Don't think I...will return.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 24 April 2022 via mobile

All of our group were very happy with our meals. Classic style Chinese restaurant food and surroundings. Delicious duck meals particularly and a good range of dumplings. The price was reasonable and the dish sizes were good. No complaints at all.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Yes, Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant offers takeaway services.

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Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3