The Oriental Teahouse sits in Little Collins Street, slightly away from the main hustle and bustle of the main entertaining areas of Melbourne; it sits comfortably by itself. In the evening this section of Little Collins Street is refreshingly uncluttered by passers-by.
It is not a cheap restaurant but it has a unique ambiance, light, airy and bright but with a hushed calmness about it. It is a fascinating mix of restaurant, and one stop shop for all things related to oriental tea, including easily accessible tea tastings.
A Table set up for tea tasting at the Oriental Teahouse in Collins st
I can't imagine going in to just buy tea, although it probably isn't out of place during the day when the clientele would be popping in during their lunch hour. It's quite a big restaurant but this doesn't spoil the dining experience. The menu consists mainly of dumplings. We had 3 different servings of steamed dumplings each, served in a group of 3 or 4; some were presented in a tiny bowl, others in a bamboo steam basket.
Comments on the menu - there's lots of decisions to be made if you are ordering plates of dumplings and even though they are small, they are very tasty. If I was to go again, which I think I probably will, I think I would order a banquet for 2; the prices range from $16.50 to $50 per person but would probably give a better sampling of what on offer when you don't really know what you want. Booking - We just walked in from the street but there were also groups there, so if you were going to go with a big group of friends I would book Getting there - By public transport or car Parking - There is paid parking next door Disabled Access friendly - I didn't see any ramp to get in once you to the front steps, so it didn't look very friendly. Kid friendly - yes, how could dumplings not be kid friendly?