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About Ricky & Pinky

Introducing Ricky & Pinky, the Chinese restaurant within a landmark Fitzroy pub, run by Australian hospitality veterans. A rollickingly lively and fun place to gather with friends and family for delicious Chinese food, plentiful banquet menus, drinks & bar snacks and everything in between. Favourite aspects of Chinese dining experiences are seen in round tables, fish tanks, and of course the ubiquitous lazy Susan to make meal sharing practical and fun.

For dim sum die hards, experience the lunch time Yum Cha on offer every Friday Saturday & Sunday from midday until 4pm. The ultimate way to polish off the working week with colleagues, feast with family and friends or kick back into gear after a big night. No set menus, just a choose-your-own-adventure style experience with a menu of yum cha staples that sit alongside a rotating selection of more adventurous dishes.

211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, AU-VIC 3065
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Yum Cha Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4.00pm

Dinner Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
On the corner of Gore Street & Gertrude Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$41 to $100

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(03) 9417 7700

Website:
http://www.buildersarmshotel.com.au/

Catering:
A full Chinese a la carte menu is available offering smaller plates alongside medium to large dishes to share. For the best experience, the chef's banquet menu highlights the seasonal favourites of Ricky & Pinky, with dishes served in progression to share.

The Front Bar offers a smaller bar menu with snacks that are the perfect accompaniment to the extensive options available from the beer, cocktail and wine list.

Parking Details:
Street Parking Only

Public Transit:
Tram 86 from Bourke Street (Stop #15)
or
Tram 11 from Collins Street (Stop #13)

Executive Chef:
Andrew McConnell

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ricky & Pinky Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (41)
Creative Cuisine (39)
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Good for Birthdays (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Casual (26)
Good for a Date (25)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Fun (18)
Hot Spot (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Authentic (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Business Meals (12)
Spicy (11)
Cozy (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Romantic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Banquet was very good -service - nice wine - touch noisy

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

We went out for a chinese new year lunch as a family. Unfortunately, we did not enjoy the meal. Any celebratory or festive atmosphere was missing from the restaurant. The dish we enjoyed most was the fried rice and the complimentary pickles. We did not enjoy most of the dim sum. The siew mai we found to be dry and did not appear appetising, the yellow skin to be dark and mottled. The rice noodle/cheung fun was too firm without the melt in your mouth feel I would have expected at this proposed level of dining. The egg tart was not enjoyable. The filling was sunken and was grey in colour, not the expected bright vibrant yellow. It was also served cold evidently not fresh out of the oven. Particularly at these price points, 5 dollars for a slightly smaller than average tart, one would not unreasonably expect fresher warmer tarts. Perhaps I should have raised this issue directly with the staff when we were there but we didn't find the opportunity too nor did the staff ask us how our meal was going. To improve I would recommend more quality control on the food coming out of the kitchen.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Ricky & Pinky - great setting, food was creative and excellent and the service outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent food the lamb is delicious. Great service

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Yummy food. Dumplings delicious. Good atmosphere. Recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My only criticism of the restaurant was the noise. We were at a round table but it was still quite difficult to hear conversation. The staff were excellent however it was difficult to hear their menu and wine suggestions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We come here for everyday dining as well as special occasions. The food is authentic and delicious with a modern twist. Servings are not large but are adequate all the same.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

- All dishes were delicious, though slightly small servings.
- Beautiful setting / gorgeous furniture.
- Staff were efficient.
- Would dine here again but possibly save for a special occasion due to VFM.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Surprisingly quiet for Sunday lunch but good ambiance, friendly staff and delicious food. Yum cha but not as we know it. Favourite dish was the duck with pancakes but we enjoyed everything .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

wonderful food that was reasonably priced but offset by poor acoustics when busy

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great Asian food, delicious wine (Bao & Dumplings are a must), and friendly Staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This restaurant continues to maintain a consistently high standard of food, wine choices and service. An absolute favourite. Highly recommended.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A lovely evening where the company and food were perfect! The only thing I could have wished for, would have been a slightly quieter dining room.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food , wine list and the welcome are top notch at Ricky and Pinky. Put yourself in their capable hands and just sit back and enjoy the meal. Such a great ambiance for a business lunch or a catch up with friends. We had yum cha and I'm still dreaming about the meal. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place to eat. At times we were waiting to order whilst servers were standing around talking, however they were very quick to clear our table. Food was amazing, and a great selection of drinks.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ricky&Pinky is AMAZING! The food is outstanding and the staff are all lovely and I have never been disappointed with the "glass of wine" wine list. I have been with friends and family and the staff is always very kind to my 7 year old boy which is GREAT because he loves the food and that is an achievement because little boys can be picky... Thank you and looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent menu and glorious food superb service great ambience reasonable prices

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Cocktails and drinks were great! Service was attentive and prompt and love that you get your own bottle of chilli oil to go with the dishes!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Ate early as it was a pre theatre meal. Service was fast as we told staff this. Dietary requirements handled discreetly and professionally, no trouble at all. Excellent wine suggestion. Excellent food. Staff were lovely.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for a special birthday, the staff were terrific, the food was great. We had a bit to drink which put the final bill up a bit. I would go back and order a bit less and drink carefully.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good dinner but it didn't wow us like McConnell's other restaurants. I don't think we will return. However this is purely based on our taste, as we had friends that also attended and loved everything.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Evening out with friends, thought we would give this a go.

From the share meals we selected, the lamb was the most outstanding and the raw tuna was excellent and the fried chicken and prawn wontons were also very good. The shredded cabbage, yuzu koshu mayo, Moreton Bay bug would have been perfect if it wasn't so salty (this coming from a salt lover) and I would rate the duck as a don't bother, to rare and thickly cut for my liking and the pancakes served with it were way too tough (to be fair this was mentioned to the staff, purely as feedback and they kindly removed it from our bill).

Ambience was good, service was excellent but the food was rather a little disappointing for an Andrew McConnell dining experience. We would still recommend it as worth a try.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Having dined at Supernormal frequently, Ricky & Pinky's is local and has now become my new favourite restaurant. For gorgeous food and wine you can't go wrong.
Service is quick and great. We took the kids and they loved it too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent food, service and wine list. Consistently great restaurant.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We ordered a vegan banquet and it was the best vegan restaurant meals we have had this year.
The range and number of dishes was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

great service and food was a standout, wine list also a highlight.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This place is absolutely wonderful! Came in for yum cha on a Saturday with my parents who were visiting from the us. We had an AMAZING meal complimented by incredible service. Loved it so much we came back for dinner during the week. Must haves: pork Sichuan dumplings, cumin lam, pork sticky rice. So good!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Love the food, the staff are great. Do yourself a favour and have the lamb !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Quick Bite, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was served one dish at the time and in between the dishes, the wait was so long. Through out the night, we were constantly staring at the empty plate and wonder when the next dish will arrive, and part of our order was forgotten. All four of us didn't enjoy ourselves.

Worse Chinese food experience.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Staff are super knowledgeable, friendly and have a lot of spunk - it's a great accompaniment to delicious dumplings...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food and wine list. We started with drinks in the bar and then moved into the dining room for the banquet option. This made for a delightful relaxed start. and was blown away by the first couple of courses. The flounder was excellent as well. Desert was possibly the only miss (by merely being good).
A really enjoyable evening!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Casual
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a selection of small and large plates. We really loved the pickled peanuts that started off the evening. So moorish, we could have eaten a large bowl! The dumplings were beautiful, especially the szchezuan dumplings. We had the duck as well, this was lovely but difficult to eat with all the bones. The highlight dish of the night was the lamb bao. It was so delicious, we all fought over the last bits. There would only be one thing that would improve this dish which is, we wished there was more then three bao buns. There was a good amount of lamb for a main dish, but only three buns didn't cut it. We also had sides of black fungus and Chinese greens which were both enjoyable. The XL fortune cookie was fun and tasty and the parfait was indulgent. overall a great night with beautiful, delicious food. Will be back for bao and dumplings!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Average food and atmosphere. One of our dishes was forgotten so we ended the meal with a cold salad. Everything was still quite tasty. Food took a while to come out. Cocktails were okay. Some more options and something more exciting would go down a treat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Andrew doesn't disappoint - although I prefer the lamb from Supernormal - the deconstructed lamb dumplings was full of flavour and texture - love this incarnation of The Builder's Arms

Tags: Spicy, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

All the food was really good, we had a great bottle of Grüner Vieltliner. The staff we friendly also.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our meal was just fantastic as was the service and the vibe of the restaurant. Food offerings were extensive , tasty and so well priced. However I was blown away with the price of my glass of champagne that I was offered at the start of the meal.... and yes I didn't look at the drinks list! $24 for a very small glass of very fine champagne was unnecessary. Can I suggest an alternative offering of Australian bubbles at a more modest charge?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A great night and well worth going! Excellent customer service - very friendly and attentive and remembered that one person was allergic to nuts and seeds and constantly checked if some dishes were suitable. Also, ordered a cocktail (on their recommendation) but it was not to one persons liking and they happy took it back without charging and they ordered another cocktail which was to their liking.
Overall, great tasting food, service and ambience.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We had the banquet, cocktails and some wine; it was all good value for money. The banquet was well balanced and excellent quality. The kitchen was easily vable to vary our timing and add extra things to our order. Professional wait-staff and front of house. Would definitely recommend this place for any occasion. (it was a little bit noisy but luckily we just upped our volumes and no problems!)

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food at reasonable price. An interesting translation of typical Chinese cuisine into modern and creative standards.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Overall food is good and worth the value, but would not be looking to come back as there are many other fusion restaurant options to try in Melbourne in the similar price range (So it is not the restaurant's fault, but the fact that they are many competitors!) Loved the semifreddo dessert.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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