Chapel Street’s iconic Oriental Teahouse needs little introduction. Tea and yum cha are the focus here and boy do they do it well.
This festive season, the food menu has several exciting additions which are perfect for sharing over libations. The festive additions include Crispy seafood wonton bon bons, roast turkey and chicken dumplings with cranberry sauce, steamed Christmas pudding dumplings and our personal favourite - *drum rolls* - Lamb dumplings with parsnip, potato and mint jelly.
These dumplings together with the tasty regular selection of delectable dim sums are hard to resist. While many Chinese restaurants in Melbourne serve dim sum, the variety served at Oriental Teahouse are a cut above. Each dumpling has gracefully delicate pastry skin enveloping rich and tasty fillings. Our long time favourite is the prawn, shallot, wood ear mushroom, sesame and bamboo dumplings. Featuring slippery and delicate wonton skins, these dumplings are an absolutely flavour bomb and served in a sea of umami-laden spring onion dressing. Simply yum!
The restaurant also serves top notch plant based plates to cater for vegetarian friends. The House Made Tofu is sensational. It is a stunning amalgamation of mellow tofu and mixed mushrooms flavoured with Szechuan spices. This one will delight both carnivores and herbivores alike.
For dessert, Oriental Teahouse's Sweet Potato Dumplings hit the spot - 100% vegan, topped with Toasted Coconut and liquid Palm Sugar, these babies are gooey on the inside and filled with a lime centre.
On the drinks front, Oriental Teahouse impresses with an amazing selection of teas alongside craft beers, cocktails as well as a concise, considered and well-priced wine list.
Location: 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Phone: 03 9824 0128