Chanhouse Healthy Vegetarian Option

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 12 reviews )

21 Rosella St, Doncaster East, Doncaster, Victoria, 3109

Chinese and Asian food menu without onion, garlic, shallot, or alcohol. 2% surcharge on credit card, and $10 minimum spend on Eftpos. Re-opened Oct 2014 at this location; previously at 422 Little Colins St. Open Tue-Sun 5:00pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 12:00pm-2:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Asian

12 Reviews

First Review by sarah m

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Interestingly different Laksa and tasty Mee Goreng. The dumplings (specials board), Spicy Fried Tofu, Mixed vegetables and tofu in curry and the Sizzling Sechuan Eggplant were also very enjoyable. Generally prefer the spicier dishes here, which are not particularly spicy. If you like some spice, just ask them to spice it up a little.
Friendly service, well worth checking out.

Updated from previous review on Thursday January 28, 2016

Updated from previous review on 2016-02-16

Pros: Tasty, Friendly, Clean

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fantastic - Edit

Great food, great owner, the prices are good! Highly recommend!!

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Spicy equals tastier - Edit

Chanhouse has great customer service and is quite nicely set out.

The first two visits I found everything under seasoned however on subsequent visits, we chose spicier options and enjoyed our meals much more.

Will be back.

Pros: Friendly staff, Pleasant atmosphere

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wow really great meal - Edit

The interior of this restaurant is really tastefully done out, unlike most similar restaurants. Very reasonably priced and beautiful meals, fresh and very yummy. Highly recommended

Pros: tea is especially nice

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Absolutely brilliant. - Edit

On holiday in Melbourne and recently went to Chanhouse for the first time. Was very impressed with how clean and nicely laid out everything was. We had a large table and the friendly service was quick, efficient and professional.

Food came out quickly and was delicious. My favourite was the black vinegar spare ribs, which I haven't really found anywhere else. It's a must visit place if you are around in Melbourne.

Pros: Friendly and quick service, Great food, Clean decor

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Good place, enjoyable meal - Edit

Had dinner there recently.
Found the menu not too long but with a number of things we would certainly want to try. Ordered 4 dishes, prices were relatively lower than some other places, serving sizes were fair. More importantly, dishes were cooked with love.
Overall, a good experience. Will be back to try out more dishes.

Pros: Good ambience and decor, Delicious vegetarian food, Friendly staff.

Cons: $2.5 per bowl of white rice.

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Nice little place - Edit

This place used to be over at Lt Collins in the food court but they've now moved to their new site. Not that I'm complaining cuz it's closer to where I am.

Price wise, it’s not the cheapest but it not the most expensive either. Flavor-wise, I’d describe it as Canto-Vietnamese and if you’re in that mind frame, the food’s pretty good. For lunch, we had the Pho, Mushroom noodles and the Laksa. Serving size was decent size so I can’t complain about that.

Given it’s only open for a few months only, I expect them to find their feet and improve over time but it’s a good start. We’re definitely going back again since we’ve also had their Bo and Kuey Teow for dinner (take away) the serving sizes ain’t bad.

The cons here really are: location and speed. Location is the main problem since their isolated. You must drive to get there and even then it’s hard to find. Here’s the tip: from the city, find your way to Blackburn road (either by the Eastern Fwy, Canterbury or Whitehorse roads – I suggest the Eastern if you can). Make a left at Blackburn road and slow down as soon as you see the Beverley Hill School on your left, and TURN LEFT at that street. Rosella street is the first left bordering the school.

The other con is the speed and to clarify, it’s the wait time for the order to be filled. They need to pick up the pace a little. The restaurant wasn’t packed out at the time and we weren’t rushing to get out however if they get busy and/or we’re in a hurry, then the dining experience might not be too great. Again, they’re new so I’m expecting that they’re still finding their feet.

Flavor and price wise, no complaints. I’ve had food courts that charged me more for substandard food so they’re going a fairly good job in that regards. Just bear in mind that you’re not at an Indian, Thai or Malaysian place where the idea is that the flavor kicks you in the fork. It’s Canto/Vietnamese so it’s more about subtlety.

What I’m hoping is that they slowly develop their menus further and concentrate on being something that is lacking in the veggie food market right now in Vic, and that’s a really good noodle joint that does a good Canto BBQ range: fish ball noodles, beef tendon noodles, etc. As Veggies, we’re inventive and that’s a niche that’s currently unfilled at the moment. There’s a lot of Thais, Indians and Sino-Malaysians but not one that does a decent Canto range.

Pros: Food, Price, Service

Cons: Location, Location, Location

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High hopes - Edit

We went here thinking it would be great looking at the menu and reading reviews. But left a bit disappointed as everything was mediocre and quite bland. Also it cost a bit more than it should. I would rather go to Vegie Bowl, it's not far from here.

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Can't wait to go back - Edit

I finally got around to visiting Chanhouse the other night, as I've heard some great reviews from friends.

It's a newly renovated restaurant and the decor is clean and modern which is pleasing, especially compared to some of the other restaurants I've been to recently.

The taro fish and black vinegar spare ribs were delicious, I'd probably order those again next time I'm there, although I'm keen to see what else they have to offer.
I went on a Saturday night and there were quite a few people there but the friendly staff were quite punctual and helpful in explaining the dishes to me.

The price point was affordable, and the portions were a decent size for what I paid for.

Overall I'd rate it quite well, probably the pick of the bunch for me in terms of the eastern area. I'll be going back to get a better look at the rest of the menu.

Pros: Service was quick and helpful, Extensive menu, delicious, Quite affordable

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Extremely expensive - Edit

Visited once. Dishes are simple and below expectation with the prices charged comparing to other veggie restaurant in town. The price of rice is exorbitant and ridiculous. For a group of 6 persons, we have to pay $40+ just for the rice!!! Also the service is extremely slow ...

Pros: Place is quite new and looks clean

Cons: Exorbitant and ridiculous price for rice, No speciality dish, Poor service

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chanhouse 21 Jun 2015 - Hi max.melb,

I am sorry you had a poor experience at Chanhouse. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the freshest ingredients and produce in our dishes. As such, we believe our menu is reasonable priced. Again, we are sorry you feel the rice you ordered was expensive. Our rice is charged on a per bowl basis to prevent wastage which we value deeply. Upon reviewing your order, your table of 6 had ordered 15 bowls of rice and was charged $37.50.

Please find below a link to our Facebook page and our menu:
We hope you will return to Chanhouse and we have an opportunity for you to leave with a better dining experience.

Kind regards,

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Will definetly become a regular! - Edit

I went for the first time last night with my non-veg partner. And we were both very satisfied and agreed to go back again as there was so much we wanted to try on the menu! My favorite from our visit was the Mongolian beef which was also gluten free. The sauce was so tasty. I was very impressed with the prawn crackers also as I have been craving them ever since going veg! Spring rolls also a recommended entree. Also very impressed with the amount of gluten free, so many options for people who have intolerance's and allergies. Atmosphere is nice and clean compared to other Chinese restaurants and I would definitely invite friends and family for a night out. Already looking forward to going back and trying more!

Pros: Delicious, Atmosphere, Affordable

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All round delicious! - Edit

We were sad when Chan House closed in the city and eagerly awaited the new location! It was worth the wait (and is worth the drive)! Favourite dishes are: black vinegar spare ribs, char kway teow, sweet & sour pork and the spring rolls! Plus a lovely, clean space and friendly service!

Pros: Delicious, Many dishes, Friendly service

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