David's

4.6
313 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Chinese (Shanghai)
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David's Restaurant, in Prahran, crafts delectable contemporary Shanghai-style Chinese cuisine with knowhow and passion in its friendly and charming eatery. The Shanghai pan-fried spring onion pancakes and the tender prawn and chopped chive dumplings make for superb starters. Some of David's Restaurant's specialty larger dishes include the spicy white cut chicken with peanuts and sesame in a chili sauce, the chunky barramundi fillets in spicy black bean paste with fried potatoes and the crispy fried iron Buddha beef served atop fragrant tea leaves, all of which are delicately seasoned. Noodle and rice dishes, such as the fat Shanghai noodles with pork and vinegar and Auntie's fried rice with sausage and egg, are other diner favorites. The white chocolate dumplings with praline is a perfect dessert.

David's Restaurant also has a full gluten-free menu, as well as being one of the best Yum Cha destinations in Melbourne.

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PR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delectable food. A little noisy but the food more than makes up for it,

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R
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for the first time and we booked for yum cha. Excellent value for money. The staff were welcoming and informative explaining how it all worked which we appreciated and the food was delicious. Would prob skip the noodles n fried rice and load up the other yummy stuff. Def coming back!!!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

A twist to the traditional yum cha experienced. Very refreshing.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great lunch and such a beautiful building. The service was superb and food was very tasty and we rolled out of there after eating way too much.
Probably regret eating the filling bread and dishes at the start and not being able to eat all the meals and desert at the end...
Worth a visit

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CS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great yum cha & service - highly recommended
Must book though

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YJ
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

While the restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere, friendly waiters, and timely service, the food is probably the crux of why I wouldn’t recommend it. I was highly looking forward to the experience but found both myself and my partner disappointed, especially with all of the dumpling dishes. The skin of the dumplings were thick, doughy, and made me feel almost ill with how much they dominated the textural feeling inside the mouth. They ironically and genuinely had the worst xiaolongbao I’ve eaten in YEARS and couldn’t even keep the standard up to par with the cheapest dumpling institutions I’ve been to. I was also scandalised to know that basic Chinese tea wasn’t included in the package when the literal meaning of yum cha is to drink to. If you want a non-authentic experience that has some level of aesthetic appeal but hits zero on the palate, go right ahead.

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AS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

enjoyed the occasion look forward to returning soon

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G
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing, the staff were great and it felt like a nice change compared to a regular yum cha restaurant with carts. Great food - will definitely be back!

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G
London
27 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been to David’s before and loved it, so wanted to try their famous weekend yum cha. So glad we did - it was fantastic. The place was packed and the atmosphere was great, cool 80’s tunes playing in the background. Service was excellent, and the food was sensational.... and it just kept on coming! We were absolutely full when we left. So good. Good quality food at a great price.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved my visit to David’s! The service in particular was fantastic!

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KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cannot fault our experience there :) Everything was wonderful, particularly the food and service!

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TG
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday yum cha was amazing. Some old favourites like soup dumplings and spring rolls, and some delightfully different dishes as well. Service was attentive and friendly. Will go back.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Menu has changed 😔
Food wasn’t up to standard .
Was our fav restaurant

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A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Absolutely love this place and come here all the time for weekend yum cha! Food is amazing and never seems to stop coming

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BG
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

David’s was a very pleasant experience. The food was excellent. It is shanghainese cuisine which is different from the Cantonese cuisine of most Melbournian Chinese restaurants. It was beautifully cooked.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and outstanding value. Staff are friendly and courtesy.

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k
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Will return in the future.

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IH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Although it had been at least a few months since my last visit, I was recognised and welcomed as an old friend. The food was excellent as always, the wine list an enjoyable browse and the service impeccable.

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T
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful whitewashed restaurant, with excellent and friendly service. There is a satisfying wide choice of dishes and a good value wine list.

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VL
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the place the ambience was fantastic. We are definitely going back there soon! Wish the menu was more extensive and had the Shanghai stir fried noodles..

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TB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

David’s is always a winner! A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Yum Cha! Service was tops and the food was both delicious and fresh

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CM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the revamped interior design ... it's light and got a really good feel. We were there for a Wednesday lunch and it was very quiet , food was great and so was the service. Need to go back for yum Cha .

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DH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A good experience. Tasty food and excellent service. BYO as well.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is a tricky one - the food is top quality and is genuinely made with care and attention, while the staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful.

The reason for the low score was due to the ‘rushed’ nature of the sitting.
Examples below:
- When seated, the waitress asked if we would like any sparkling water or tea for our table. While I answered yes, I wasn’t given a choice of which tea we’d prefer. At $10 per pot, the option would’ve been nice to choose.
- At $55 per head, with the 90min limit, it was a challenge to try and get the money’s worth while being careful not to overeat, which proved too difficult to balance. The focus on enjoying the food and socialising together was difficult due to fast pace of the service.
- The service quickly became about eating the food moreso than enjoying the company of each other and the atmosphere of the venue. The overall ‘experience’ lacked as a result of the fast pace.
- The menu had become a bit too predictable, with spring rolls and dumplings being the key items without much in between to break up the menu. While the calamari, rice and Chinese broccoli were welcome additions, they came very late in the menu, meaning the first half seemed too much the same.

What would change this rating would be to see the time limit increased, even by 30mins, so as to allow enough time to enjoy and digest the food, while also being able to enjoy each other’s company and the atmosphere of the venue.
Secondly, it would be nice to see more greens and ‘lighter’ items mid-menu to break up the routine of spring rolls and dumplings, as well as adding a more ‘refreshing’ element to the dish.

Make no mistake- the food is beautiful. The staff are amazing. The venue is very relaxed.
If a few tweaks were made to the pace of service and layout of the menu offer, my rating would greatly improve.


Thanks and regards,
Daniel Campbell

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LF
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love Sunday yum cha at David's, such great value for money (although Mother's Day was a bit more expensive than usual) and a wide variety of delicious food.

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OH
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So much fun. All the staff are so lovely and thoughtful. The food is sensational as always.

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s
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love David's for a great value for money, classy yum cha!

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AH
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful meal, amazing food, well balanced flavours. Caring polite service.

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Yum Cha at David’s is a must do, make sure you wear stretchy pants as you really get value for money!

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SP
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always lovely to dine at David's and the unlimited Yum Cha on a Sunday is a treat.

The servings are generous, and you definitely will not go hungry as the waiters are constantly offering food and extra servings if you want extras of certain items you are particularly fond of.

My favourite items include the prawn spring rolls, and the chili pork dumplings. My advise is not to fill up on rice or noodles as there are dishes which will far outweigh and surpass these items in terms of flavour and you don't want to waste critical space when you might want to have an extra Peking duck pancake.

The service is always great, bookings are essential and if you arrive early, be aware you won't be able to be seated until you sitting time commences as the previous sitting needs to vacate the restaurant. I do prefer the later sitting as you are less hurried.

I would say, make sure you go with "unfussy" eaters as you need to be able to eat what is offered at yum cha. There are no a la carte options when yum cha is being served.

The restaurant is also quite noisy but not so you cannot talk to you dining companions. It may also have been due to the large table that was near us.

I will definitely be back to David's as the entire experience is always lovely and everyone raves about the food!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The weekend Yum Cha is something pretty special. Highly reccommend. Will be returning any time we find ourselves in Melbourne

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GS
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I had a fantastic experience at David's. The decor is refreshingly warm but well themed. food is tasty and the service is wonderful and warm. We loved the dim sum, the Peking Duck platter, and the lamb ragu. Portion size is generous. Cannot fault it!

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C
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice food with great service and a good atmosphere.

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BA
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From our initial contact with David's, Adam and all the staff were helpful and pleasant.
We loved the whole ambience of the restaurant as we entered, with its sense of light and space.
Having ordered the Feasting menu for eight people, we were impressed with the delicious and varied flavours.
Our stand outs were the hawker style lamb, the sticky pork belly and the 'fish fragrant' eggplant but nothing disappointed.
The service was prompt and informative, with the added bonus of BYO wine Monday to Thursday, which is such a rare treat these days.
We must return, to experience more of David's delectable offerings.

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M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Great food and great service here. Very hectic and noisy but translates into a fun energetic environment. My only downside is the charge for the tea.
"Did you want some green tea for the table" I (stupidly) assumed it was included in the YumCha. It wasn't and was and extra $20. Which was a lot to pay for a pot of hot water.

I would visit again but will be more careful to check if the item is an extra.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were excellent! You can guarantee that you’ll have to roll out because you’re that full or be in a food coma for the next few hours. The food was amazing tasty and plenty of it. There’s a perfect amount of time between then next option, and you can order any you enjoyed. Next time I would bring our own bottle of wine because the drink prices are on the higher side. They also asked about any allergies which I appreciate due to having a nut allergy.

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NI
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food always amazing, service fabulous. Always recommend David's :-)

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SL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was Top notch! 👌

Food was really good. But I probably would like to see more varieties. There’s only 1 or 2 chicken dish on the menu and maybe 1 pork dish.
But overall it was fantastic.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Dad’s 87th birthday demanded something young, with a hip hop happening vibe and delicious food.

We got tremendous service, food and ambience.

What more can one ask?

David’s is now a firm favourite.

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