Tao Tao House – yum cha

815 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn 03 9818 0968 After a fairly soft opening just short of two months ago, this recent addition to the quiet end of Hawthorn has been touted as a rising suburban gem. I was gleefully delighted when I found out that ex-Flower Drum dim sum chef Jason Au would be bringing his … Continue reading

Hutong – CBD

14-16 Market Ln Melbourne, 3000 03 9650 8128 Birthdays are always such a good excuse to indulge / splurge on food. Don’t you agree? It was Mr JL’s birthday, and we were invited to dine with him at HuTong. It was just after the sun had fallen on a Saturday evening, and not surprisingly this … Continue reading

David’s – yum cha

4 Cecil Pl Prahran, 3181 03 9529 5199 This institute of a yum cha joint has won its 9th hat from The Age Good Food Guide, as clearly depicted on the front door. I am rather sceptical when any one place receives too much hype, as often it brings with it a lot of expectation, which … Continue reading

Golden Dragon Palace – yum cha

363 Manningham Rd Templestowe, 3108 9852 4086 Foreword: I must again point out, that I will try REALLY hard to lower my benchmark – set so very high after returning from my Michelin star experience in Hong Kong – and try to not be excessively unenthusiastic or critical of Yum-cha in Melbourne. A pre-Harry Potter-theatre lunch at yet … Continue reading

Yami yami

1D Bank Street Box Hill, 3128 9890 4588 Just off the bustle of Station Street, this little gem of a place provides a (relatively) bbq-fume-free alternative to the Korean BBQ next door. We are such frequent visitors at this small Korean owned Japanese-slash-Korean restaurant that: a) I totally forgot to take photos of the interior … Continue reading

Shanghai Noodle House – dumpling place on Tattersalls Ln (滄浪亭)

689 Tattersalls lane CBD Melbourne 5382 3738 A little hungry after a catering service at the Melbourne Museum, originally we were going to pop by good ‘ol Camy Shanghai Dumpling on Tattersalls lane for a quick fix. But we were (not surprisingly) greeted with an epic queue at 8.30pm. It was a Friday night after … Continue reading

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