The operators of Southbank's Red Emperor have been fined $15,000 after they pleaded guilty to breaching food hygiene laws on mulitple occasions.
Food inspectors from the city found the restaurant to be infested with mouse droppings, cockroaches and fruit flies when they inspected the premises over two days in May last year.
Inspectors found evidence of mice chewing through food bags, uncovered chickens as well as other items of food were directly exposed to pests and accumulated grease and food waste was found in fridge seals.
Owner of the Red Emperor Lihua Gao voluntarily closed the doors before the inspectors ordered it closed as it posed an immediate risk to the public. The inspection by City food inspectors followed a complaint by a customer who had an "adverse reaction" to food purchased at the restaurant.
The restaurant was reopened late May following a clean bill of health on the follow-up inspection.
The owner of the business Mr Gao and Raymond Cheung, the business' food safety manager, each pleaded guilty in Melbourne's Magistrate Court to 10 charges.