Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Oriental Tea House

At 455 Chapel St this restaurant is out of the usual mold. The front of the place is really a shop offering an large range of herbal teas
and a variety of Chinese herbal remedies.
Further back there are cloth covered tables in a split level room.
We went, mid week, specifically for yum cha. On the weekends they have trolleys and a wider choice but during the week one must order off a menu. Whilst this does not permit the instant gratification of seeing what you are getting and having it immediately it does ensure that whatever you do have has been cooked only a moment ago specially for you. The menu is divided into sections - cold, steamed, deep fried and so on
The result was that every dish was extremely fresh, of course it usually is at yum cha's, and had not been wheeled around waiting for a customer to choose it.
Everything was of superior quality which justified the slightly more expensive prices than at the average yum cha. The two stand out dishes for me were the fish cakes
and the egg custard tarts

Comments: I feel that I will have to revisit the Tea House before I can give it a fair review but for now lets just say it's very good.


Iron Chef Shellie said...

I'm not a fan of the Oriental Tea House. I find their dumplings taste like that have been in a freezer for a while. Probably because I go to more authentic yum chas it didn't really do it for me.

Elliot and Sandra said...

Hi Iron Chef,
OTH is no way the best of yum cha's around Melbourne. Sandra and I far prefer Imperial Kingdom or Ripples fo suburban yum cha.
Please tell us what your favourite places are.