Oriental Teahouse re-invented complete with 30’s Shanghai drinking den

Authentic Prawn Dumplings. Photo: Supplied

Authentic Prawn Dumplings. Photo: Supplied

Chapel Street’s Oriental Teahouse has been re-invented by celebrated tea master and restaurateur David Zhou to create an authentic Chinese teahouse with a modern twist.

The transformation of the 14-year-old Chapel Street hotspot brings to life Zhou’s vision to introduce a world-class teahouse experience to Melbourne locals.

One minute you might feast on dumplings while sipping a cocktail poured from a tea-pot, and the next you’ll be transported to old world Shanghai, tasting Japanese whisky upstairs at Zhou Zhou Bar – all under the one roof.

ORIENTAL TEAHOUSE

Opening hours:

Oriental Teahouse

  • Monday – Thursday 10:30am – 10:00pm
  • Friday 10:30am – 11:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am – 11:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:30am – 11:00pm

Zhou Zhou

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday & Thursday 5pm – 12am
  • Friday & Saturday 5pm – 1am
  • Sunday 5pm – 11pm

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Yum cha favourites chilli wagyu beef dumplings and Chinese wonka chocolate dumplings are back on the menu, with new dishes such as flame thrower pulled pork dumplings & slices of pork belly; house-made tofu, mixed mushrooms, Szechuan style and fried peanut butter & chocolate walnut wantons.

With tea (understandably) a central theme at Oriental Teahouse, you can see it popping up in many dishes, for example: oolong tea smoked chicken fillet with raspberry tea mayonnaise and the raindrop cake with a fresh fruit tea syrup, served with roasted soy bean powder.

Raindrop cake with a fresh fruit tea syrup, served with roasted soy bean powder. Photo: Supplied

Raindrop cake with a fresh fruit tea syrup, served with roasted soy bean powder. Photo: Supplied

“Growing up on Nanjing Road, one of the busiest streets in Shanghai, the word ‘teahouse’ means much more than tea to me.

“We have created an entirely unique day-to-night experience on Chapel Street that will give people a real teahouse experience, which is a centre of interaction and relationship, a place for business, dating, family and friends,” David explains.

The new interiors courtesy of awarded Melbourne design studio Hecker Guthrie, blend old world charm with simple contemporary design. Bringing together rustic ironware teapots and traditional Chinese blue and white porcelain alongside modern furnishings, with brushed concrete surfaces and wooden floors.

Upstairs, Zhou Zhou Bar, a 1930’s Shanghai themed drinking den is the teahouses’ late night cocktail bar and holds a 3am license.

It boasts an extensive range of Asian craft beers and lagers (Hitachino, Coedo), an exciting Japanese whisky list (Ichiro’s, Hibiki, Yamazaki, Nikka); and an innovative Asian influenced cocktail list including: A Night in Kyoto with yamazaki, amaro montenetro, maidenii, agave and bitters; and Juicy as a Plum a mix of umeshu, Bombay sapphire, lychee liqueur, lemon, lemongrass, fruitlab hibiscus and raspberry ice.

Oriental Teahouse. Photo: Supplied

Oriental Teahouse. Photo: Supplied

 

 

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