Monday, 24 May 2010
Oriental Tea House @ Melbourne, Little Collins Street
Before I begin, I would like to apologise for the lack of posts in the last week... I HAVE BEEN feeling the pressure from all round, I can assure you...
It's just that I've been so swamped with work (assignment, work, cbf-ness), that the last thing I wanted to do was blog.. which is funny.. because now... my blogging hobby is becoming more and more like work!
I'd like to say "Hi!" to Funnyman... from work who has been very well trained by me to take pictures and notify me on any good eats he encounters (funny story... which I will go into more some other time)! Thank you!!...
I know... before anyone opens their mouths.. I have taken out my camera to do food reviews with my work colleagues during lunches... I know... I used my iPhone first (Which explains the poor quality of pictures in this post)... and last week, I took out my camera... Amazingly enough, all they did was laugh and shake their heads... and no more was said.. they must think it's a weird Asian culture... WHO CARES??!!!... Hahahah.. I can now do this happily at work, with friends, with relatives comfortably...
It was S's birthday last week, and she suggested that we have yumcha at Oriental Tea House at Little Collins.. I never knew they had an outley there, so happily agreed to go along...
I have not stepped into Oriental Tea House in nearly 2 years (and I've never blogged about it, as it was not anything spectacular...)... so I wasn't expecting much at all in terms of food quality and service...
So when we arrived (with no booking) and were ushered to our seats next to the kitchen, I thought to myself, "Alright... good spot... so far so good..."...
However, being near the kitchen did not necessarily mean we were provided with food first...
The one thing that I DO like about Oriental Tea House, are their selection of teas... I think we ordered Jasmine Green Tea...which came in this huge clay Grandfather-like mug... lols
The first dish we managed to snare was a Chilli Prawn dumpling... which was slightly spicy...(Duh!)
Next was a prawn and pork dumpling
Scallop and Prawn dumpling
Salt & Pepper Calamari
Chinese Brocolli with Oyster Sauce
Again, I was dissapointed by the lacklustre service and ineptitude of the serving staff... for the price we were charged, the quality of the dim sum could have been much better...
Instead, I feel that this is purely an establishment to lure inexperience yum cha diners into ... a high class yum cha restaurant with a low-mid class service and attitude...
Will I return? Give me another 2 years...Tea? Yes, please...
For good yumcha, you're better off trying your luck with Shark Fin Inn or Shark Fin House in Chinatown
*Disclaimer: All food ratings are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality
Food/ Cuisine: Chinese
Overall Food Rating: 5/10
Restaurant ambiance: 7/10 (I quite like the decor here, very different from the one in Chadstone and the one at South Yarra)
Service/ Attitude: 4/10
Value for money: 5/10 (for the amount of food we had, I missed out on 2 desserts, the custard egg tart and custard buns, we paid $25 each for the 4 of us!)
378 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel:(03) 9600 4230
Fax:(03) 9642 8861
Oriental Tea House is open
Mon - Sat 10am till late and on
Sun - 10am till late afternoon
How to get there:
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