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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published February 11th 2019
Where even the fried rice is something to dream about
The Oriental Teahouse restaurants (in city and South Yarra locations) were inspired by the bustling teahouses that dot Nanjing Road, one of Shanghai's busiest streets. The South Yarra restaurant evoked that feeling when we recently visited on a busy Wednesday night. Most tables in this large venue were occupied, some with big family groups. It was buzzing.

Oriental Teahouse Restaurant
Oriental Teahouse Restaurant has been around since 2003


Our waiter Marlo was nevertheless very attentive and took the time to run through the menu with us and explain the various options. The restaurants are famous for their dumplings, so ordering a selection of them was a no-brainer, but what else to choose? So many delicious sounding dishes. The combination we finally came up with was:

Dumplings

- XO scallop and prawn dumplings (x 3) - $13

- Roast duck dumplings with Peking sauce (x 3) - $10

Oriental Teahouse Restaurant
Roast duck dumplings


- Chilli Wagyu beef dumplings marinated in kaffir lime, served with a house-made chilli sauce (x 4) - $11

From the 'Sharing is Caring section' of the menu

- Shredded steak in a sticky sweet chilli sauce with string beans and sesame seeds - $17

- Crackling roast pork belly on a bed of cucumber and pickled veggies, finished with plum sauce - $16

- Chicken feet steamed with black bean sauce (x 3) - $8;

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Chicken feet steamed with black bean sauce


along with sides of:

- Chinese broccoli with sliced garlic in an oyster or garlic sauce - $14

- Legit special fried rice packed with chicken, shiitake mushrooms, Chinese sausage, barbecue roast pork, egg, string beans and spring onion topped with black sesame - $14.

If you weren't feeling hungry before you started reading that list, I bet you are now! I certainly am!

We relished everything we ate, but for me, there were some standouts. Of the dumplings, I particularly enjoyed the Chilli Wagyu beef dumplings. The flavour balance was just right. The chilli made its presence felt, but wasn't mouth-numbing. Probably the tastiest dumpling I've ever had.

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Chilli Wagyu beef dumplings - the tastiest dumpling I've ever had


From the larger courses we tried, my favourite was the shredded steak in a sticky sweet chilli sauce. This was a subtle and sophisticated dish, with the sauce complementing, and certainly not overpowering, the beef. The dish was served with fried rice and Chinese broccoli. It's years since I've had fried rice, remembering it as rather oily and containing some rather tired looking vegetables. Certainly not the case with the Oriental Teahouse's fried rice! It's a meal in itself, so packed full of quality ingredients, and so tasty.

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Shredded beef with sticky sweet chilli sauce


Naturally, what we ordered was way too much food for the two of us, but the staff very kindly put the leftovers in containers for us.

Of course, this didn't stop us tackling dessert. We chose the fried walnut, peanut butter and chocolate wontons with ice cream (x 3) - $11. These were divine, sweet deliciousness. They were served with chocolate chunk ice-cream that took the dish to another level of decadence. I would happily order that one again.

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Fried walnut, peanut butter and chocolate wontons with ice-cream


Before leaving, we sampled the selection of teas that are available for tasting and purchase (along with an elegant range of teaware).

Oriental Teahouse Restaurant
Oriental Teahouse has its own range of teas available for tasting and purchase


We left the restaurant after this wonderful meal vowing to return. The restaurants offer yum cha, and we can't wait to try it out! And, even better, you can also get home delivery of all these beautiful dishes.

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Zhou Zhou bar is upstairs from the South Yarra Restaurant


An advantage the South Yarra Oriental Teahouse has over the city venue is the added feature of a1930s Shanghai-themed bar and lounge upstairs, Zhou Zhou. We popped in for a cocktail before our meal and enjoyed the relaxed, laid back feel of the bar almost as much as the Aloe Kitty cocktail (Bombay Sapphire, cucumber, lemon, and aloe vera) ($18).

Oriental Teahouse Restaurant
Zhou Zhou bar - relaxed Shanghai-themed bar and lounge


Oriental Teahouse South Yarra and Zhou Zhou Bar are located at 455 Chapel Street. The restaurant is open from 10.30am - 10.00pm Sunday to Thursday and 10.30am - 11.00pm Friday and Saturday.

Zhou Zhou Bar is open from 5 - 11pm from Tuesday to Thursday, and 5pm - 1am on Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday).

Oriental Teahouse in the city is located at 378 Little Collins Street, Melbourne and is open from 11am - 9pm Monday to Thursday, 11am - 10pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 3pm on Sunday.

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Why? Taking Chinese food to a whole new level
When: South Yarra: Mon to Thurs: 10:30am 10pm, Fri: 10:30am 11pm, Sat: 10:30am 11pm, Sun: 10:30am 10pm; City: Mon Thurs: 11am 9pm, Fri: 11am 10pm, Sat: 11am 10pm, Sun: 11am 3pm
Phone: South Yarra: (03) 9826 0168, Little Collins Street: (03) 9600 4230
Where: 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra and 378 Lt Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: See menu for pricing
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