Oriental Tea House, Chapel Street
455 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141]]>
Tel : +61 3 9824 0128
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
A Chapel Street stalwart, at the Oriental Tea House diners enjoy fast and flavourful yum cha while sipping from a selection of hand-blended teas. Old-world grandeur is fused with a modern aesthetic at the original outpost of this famous tea house, where hungry diners enjoy soups, dumplings and vegetables. This dual-level eatery also doubles as a retail store, where guests can pick up tea, tea pots and even frozen dim sum for an Oriental Tea House feast right at home.
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Old-world grandeur is fused with a modern aesthetic in this converted Victorian pub, founded by restaurateur and tea expert David Zhou. Oriental Tea House is a light, airy space where you can indulge in the true meaning of yum cha, sipping house-blended teas while enjoying small, freshly prepared, Shanghai-style dishes. There are no trolleys here – although weekends do see the traditional yum cha experience being offered. At other times, these flavoursome morsels are offered a la carte, ensuring they reach your table fresh and steaming. Take your pick from traditional fare such as barbecue pork buns, sesame prawns or even chicken feet.
Dumplings, of course, take pride of place, from translucent, delicate baby pea leaf dumplings, to the immensely popular fried chocolate dumplings, which surprises with a sesame seed shell that encases a hidden cache of warm, melted chocolate. Eagerly anticipated new items on the menu include a sweet spring roll filled with orange and dark chocolate and soft, white chocolate dumplings. They also take their tea drinking seriously here. Helpful waiters are happy to guide you in a choice of tea to complement your food, from therapeutic herbal blends to tea-based alcoholic beverages. Retail therapy is also offered in the form of more than 80 types of tea, many of which can be sampled in the restaurant. To extend the all round experience, there is an in-house doctor trained in Western and Chinese medicine allowing a toast “to your health” to seem a very valid one.