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Fire in the Bowl @ Oriental Teahouse
Oriental Teahouse in Melbourne Central is a revelation with class fit out and ambience and exciting cuisine. Attention to detail and excellence is the trait of David Zhou (also of iconic David's in Prahran). The philosophy is to create a social hub with a tea house of high quality with signature teas and dishes. It's a great concept which appeals to the five senses. Restaurants are located in Melbourne Central, Little Collins St, South Yarra and Chadstone.
Oriental Teahouse delivers on its range of high quality teas. Not only that but it has the largest tea bar in Australia. Come here to sample from the amazing range. Here I enjoyed the Relaxing blend. David Zhou (originally from Shanghai) says they even get the right water temperatures to match the leaves of various teas.
I was a guest and part of a sampling of a Fire in the Bowl promotion at Oriental Teahouse. At reasonable price you receive a huge bowl of fresh chilli, sweet potato noodles, 8 pork and chive dumplings, fish, chicken, vegetables, szechuan peppercorns and much more... So many textures. So many flavour combinations. So much variety. A decent amount of top notch dumplings. And the dish is well presented and colourful. Absolutely brilliant.
Oriental Teahouse has won awards for its dumplings. To combine these in such a superb dish with a host of other well suited ingredients is a delight. There's 3 levels of heat - I elected the medium level and the spice and heat was pleasurable.
The menu is divided into steamed, mixed basket, golden fried, pan fried, soups, vegetarian and other options. Their mixed basket appeals to me as it contains innovative dumpling options including Roast Duck and Shark fin dumplings.
Oriental Teahouse has a top notch fit out and atmosphere. Strangely this was my first visit to Oriental Teahouse, but I'm keen to return. For meeting with friends this is a great place. Prices are reasonable and every facet impressive. The tea displays are inviting, the use of timber creative, and the dining areas interesting.
Oriental Teahouse is the mastermind of David Zhou. Talking with David he is a passionate Melbourne food identity who has been successful for a long time in a competitive industry.
Oriental Teahouse also offers yum cha. Along with various tasty dumplings you can order chicken feet, pork buns, sesame prawns, deep fried octopus and several other treats.
These containers contain quality teas - black, white, green, oolong, fruit and herbal. You can enjoy a wide selection on site or you can purchase something like 60 teas to take home.
We enjoyed sublime Chocolate infused dumplings with ice cream.
David has a background also as a herbalist and has a talent in bringing together tea combinations.
White tea has been a personal favourite of mine and I was able to experience this wonderful brew. The aroma of this tea is captivating. And watching the balls unfurl in the water is fascinating.
Attractive arrangements beckon.
Oriental Teahouse is a modern and innovative restaurant (4 of them in Melbourne) that provides customers with an impressive dining experience.