Oriental Tea House
455 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Vic 3141
Phone: (03) 9824 0128
Ambience: 5/10 (tacky and having English pop songs while dining)
Food: 7/10 (not bad as compared to my previous yum cha experience)
Service: 4/10 (slow and can’t be bothered)
Decided to head down to Chapel street in South Yarra as everyone was saying that it is such a good and interesting place to explore. To my dismay, there did not seem to be anything that is of my liking! T_T But J and I stumbled upon Oriental Tea House and decided to sit down for a quick bite.
We were shown to our seats fairly quickly but the cushioning of my seat was torn and a gaping hole was staring right in my face. The decor was tacky and felt more like a gimmick than something that is genuinely Chinese. Since we were there to have a snack, we did not complain. The waitress was not able to give us constructive advice and I had to order based on my gut feeling, fearing for the worst case scenario.
Firstly, we ordered the Peking Duck (2 pieces) @ $8.90. The serving was generous with slices of cucumber and carrots wrapped within. The duck meat was done well, not too hard and the plum sauce drizzled on them added a nice kick to it. If only, there was more!
We also ordered King Prawn Dumplings @ $7.90. It took a good 20 minutes before the dish was served, when questioned, the waitress pointed out that as they have to be steamed, they will take a longer time. @.@ The prawns on top were huge and fresh; the chopped prawn paste at the bottom made a good complement to the ones on top. The chewiness was there and the sauce was a delight.
Lastly, we had a pot of Oolong Tea @ $3, served in a rather interesting way. It was typical, nothing fancy.