Today I tried Spice 9 Girl which is a Chinese – Szechuan, actually – restaurant in Carlton (I don't understand the name choice either). You'll find it where Rice Bar used to be, opposite Lincoln Square, close to Melbourne University. There's a tram stop right out front.
WARNING: If you like your food mild, this is probably not the right place for you.
This place is also great if you're running to a tight schedule – the staff were super attentive and I got my meal within 5 minutes of ordering. Unlike a fancier a restaurant on Lygon Street, you could easily be in and out of here within 30 minutes.
Outside Spice 9 Girl, Chinese Restaurant in Carlton