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“Good for some quick yum cha”
Review of Oriental Teahouse

Oriental Teahouse
Ranked #628 of 4,256 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chapel Street
Reviewed March 15, 2013

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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Thank CosmicCarol
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

I remembered eating here a couple of years ago last time I came to Melbourne and this visit did not disappoint either. I went to lunch with a friend. Food is served yum cha style but the offering is a little different to other yum cha restaurants that I have been to. Food was delicious. Service was good, probably a bit too good. We were wishing we could have some sort of flag on our table that we raised when we didn't want to be offered any more food. I loved the shredded steak, fried pork dumplings, steamed chicken dumplings and of course, the custard tarts for dessert. The only dish I did not enjoy so much was the mushroom parcels as they were chewy. There is a lovely tea menu too.

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Thank Yvettesaf
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Dined at the Chapel Street oriental tea house on Saturday night, having been several times before and always found it consistently good. This time we opted for a set dinner banquet which represented good value and took the challenge out of picking from the extensive menu. To say the food arrived with lightening speed would be an understatement. We told the waiter to slow it down as we had time to enjoy it before going on to a film at the Jam Factory. The dumplings of course were delectable, as was the calamari and remainder of the lovely varied dishes. The dessert of a small custard tart and a weird looking egg like custard were different and a bit of an adventure into typical asian desserts. The place was packed as it generally is, but efficient waiters covered all bases with ease. Love it.

Thank Chrissylou62
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

We visited the Chapel Street, South Yarra Oriental Teahouse on Saturday, 28 April, 2012 ... and again on Monday, 30 April, 2012!

On a weekend visit to Melbourne, we were wandering around Chapel Street and found the Oriental Teahouse - and we're glad we did! A busy, buzzy place - the service was great, the yum cha dumplings delicious and the range of teas amazing.

There was a great range of dumplings and other goodies from the kitchen - all delicious! In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we ended up back there again just two days later.

Be sure to try the duck dumplings - you'll know them when they come around as they're purple!

If you're considering a visit, perhaps make a booking prior to going - especially if you want a window or an outside seat.

A great place for a quick lunch, or for a leisurely meal whilst enjoying people watching.

We will definitely be back!

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Great food and variety. Great price!! Everything came to the table quickly. Except drinks. Very slow. Same for the tables around us.

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Thank Marciamc
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