David’s Restaurant and Oriental Teahouse reopen doors with open minds

The Oriental Teahouse Group have announced the decision to resume dine-in service in light of eased COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. Oriental Teahouse will reopen its doors on Monday 1 June at both Chapel Street and Little Collins Street locations, while Prahran’s long-treasured David’s Restaurant will reopen on Wednesday 3 June.

“Reopening is more than having our restaurant back,” says founder and restaurateur David Zhou. “It symbolises the spirit of our community and represents a comforting spot for people to enjoy time together… we look forward to seeing the smiling faces of our team and customers.”

Oriental Teahouse will return with its regular a la carte service at the Chapel Street venue every day from 11.30am-8.30pm and Little Collins Street Monday to Saturday from 12-3pm and 5-8.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made here.

Launching in response to initial restrictions, Oriental Teahouse’s build-your-own dumpling kits continue to be a favourite among dumpling-lovers and families alike. The kits will remain available for sale online and instore due to popular demand – for video demonstrations, and cooking ideas, see here.

The venue is also excited to announce that for the first time, Northside customers will no longer go without their favourite dumplings with Brunswick residents and surrounding suburbs now able to order Oriental Teahouse take-away straight to their door via Deliveroo.

Melbourne knows yum cha and David’s Restaurant is coming back with a bang with more yum cha feasting than ever before. Ensuring Melburnians get their much-needed fix of Shanghainese goodness, David’s will be open for 6pm and 8pm dinner seatings Wednesday to Friday for only $45ppWeekend service will be $50pp for lunchtime seatings at 11.30am and 1.30pm as well as dinner service at 6pm and 8pm on Saturday nights. Bookings are essential and can be made here.

For added flair, selected sessions will also carry a special theme like spicy or vegan yum cha. Each Sunday will be reserved for David’s classic yum cha, so details on themed feasts will be announced on the website. The restaurant will also continue to offer guests BYO at only $15 corkage for Wednesday and Thursday dinners and Saturday lunch – a tradition at the restaurant that will still continue for service.

David’s popular $56 take-home yum cha boxes which showcase a quality selection of yum cha favourites will remain available for delivery or pick-up here – ensuring no one misses out on the yum cha experience.

Zhou says: “Despite this difficult time, David’s has always been known to evolve and we continue to do so. We are focusing on what our regular customers have missed most during the closures like David’s yum cha.

“Customers have also supported our new build-your-own dumpling kits at Oriental Teahouse that were born out of the COVID crisis. So we are excited to continue making this great experience available and encouraging quality time spent with loved ones – which is what our restaurant family is all about.”

Oriental Teahouse is a household name that provides a world-class teahouse experience that is authentically Chinese but with a modern twist. The space encompasses a day-to-night culinary experience that does not sacrifice the essence of a traditional Chinese teahouse.

David’s is a contemporary Shanghainese restaurant inspired by Zhou’s hometown Zhouzhuang, a water village in which his family’s recipes originated. Loved by locals for over 20 years, it’s no secret that David’s authentic menu showcases some of the finest Shanghai comfort food in town while treating guests as an extension of Zhou’s own family.

Oriental Teahouse

455 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Open every day: 11.30am-8.30pm
Zhou Zhou, 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Open Wed-Sat: 6pm until late
378 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Open Mon-Sat: 12pm-3pm and 5pm-8.30pm
Bookings limited to 1.5 hours

David’s Restaurant

4 Cecil Place, Prahran
Wed-Fri: 6pm and 8pm seatings for $45pp
Saturdays: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 6pm and 8pm seatings for $50pp
Sundays: 11.30am and 1.30pm seatings for $50pp