Bad Asian takeaway is full of grease, fried foods, and strong sauces. During our time in Ballarat, we were glad to find a lovely restaurant, serving vegetarian Asian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of traditional and contemporary teas.
Located within the town centre, Ballarat's Chat for Tea is a quiet and cosy restaurant, decorated with scrolls of Chinese calligraphy, wooden Chinese-style chairs, and a row of tea jars and ceramic teapots and cups. For the tea lover, dry tea leaves are available for purchase. Or you could opt for the in house tea options, including green "bubble milk tea" options - a rare find in a town like Ballarat! Unfortunately, the milk tea does not come with jelly or tapioca pearls.
The restaurant offers a full vegetarian menu, with several vegan options at affordable prices (majority of dishes are under $20). Entrees range from a plate of pan fried gyoza, to convincing mock chicken drumsticks. Mains include laksa, teppanyaki noodles served on a hotplate, and mock fish meat which really does look like fish (complete with a thin layer of dark fish "skin").