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Spice 9 Girl Chinese Restaurant

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Published June 12th 2012
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.

Beef with Black Bean Sauce
I got the Beef with Black Bean Sauce.


The good news:
Spice 9 Girl serves huge portions (I barely managed to eat half of my meal), and at $9.50 for a lunch including a drink, they're also pretty cheap.

Spice 9 Girl Free Melon Drink
My meal came with this cute Yeo's melon drink for free! I wish I liked melon.


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.

Spice 9 Girl Chinese Restaurant
Outside Spice 9 Girl, Chinese Restaurant in Carlton


Inside Spice 9 Girl
Inside Spice 9 Girl


Spice 9 Girl Rice Dishes
Rice dishes at Spice 9 Girl. Notice all those chilis?


You can view a full copy of their menu here.

The average news:
Was this the best Chinese food I've ever eaten? Probably not, but it's definitely a step up from simple takeaway. I'd eat there again.

Is there ample parking available? This is Carlton. I can only wish you the best of luck. (I imagine most customers are already in the area for work or Uni).

In addition, this place only takes cash and you can't split the bill.
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Why? Huge portions, cheap prices
When: Open for lunch and dinner
Phone: (03) 9349 3998
Where: 604 Swanston Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Cost: $10-$25
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