My Melbourne cousins took me to the Oriental Tea House on Chapel Street for lunch on a very hot Sunday. We were all very hungover and fast and delicious yum cha with a wondrous selection of fine teas was the perfect solution to our woes.
It's fabulous not having to think to much as the food comes to your table and you can pick and choose which variety of dumplings, dim sums, chinese pancakes and other tempting morsels you feel like devouring. And the teas come in hot and cold selections with so many varieties there is certainly something to please every palate, not to mention a variety of alcoholic tea cocktails; although on this occasion we decided to pass.
The food is very cheap but the only problem is that the food being offered comes to your table so fast and so often that greed can get the better of you, so that you end up getting more than you need. Also, once you've finished eating and just wish to sit back and enjoy your tea, every three seconds you have to continue to reject the offerings.
I enjoyed the Oriental Tea House but I would only choose to go with the sole purpose of eating heartily and quickly and not for a more romantic or relaxed dining experience.
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