David's

4.5
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390 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Chinese (Shanghai)

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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HH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food. Excellent service. Very good contemporary decor.

MF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Will definitely be back

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Advertised as unlimited yum cha however . when we asked for more food there was not much left.

KK
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great except when the food comes out, we only designated 1 portion per person and if we ask for more of a particular dish because it is our favorite, staff is very reluctant to offer us. This time we did not get given extra of our fav dish at all. Staff said they would come back to offer us some, but they did not; providing that we actually did not take some of the dishes to compensate for the one we like more. However, it was not factored in and considered by staff. However, overall was good.

David's
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you for the feedback KristyKC, we appreciate the honest feedback!

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ST
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

The food cam out so quickly we could have been in & out in 20mims!!! Not my idea of a relaxing Sunday morning Yum Cha! Half of it was cold, all of it was just pre made re heated up & started to taste the same.
The staff were nice & accommodating, the restaurant is pretty BUT THE FOOD WAS TERRIBLE!
That was our first & last experience there & it’s a shame because it’s quite close to us....Freshly cooked & not re heated, rushed food would have made for a better first impression. A 11.30-1.30 sitting is plenty of time to get people in & out with rushing them & spoiling peoples morning, not to mention better food.

Too bad David’s is now off my list!

P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Yum cha that is well served, very nice flavours, outstanding variety, and we trust the food and cleanliness. The wine list has a good variety and the wait staff can answer questions on the spot. When we were hesitating which bottle of bubbles to buy, we were offered a taste of the one which was also available glass. The wait staff know their menu and wine well.

NL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and lots of it! I’ll definitely be back!

SM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love David's on every level, exceptional food and service and a divine interior, a total pleasure.

H
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

For Unlimited Yum Cha, there seem to be a lot of limits. We were only offered around 10 different savory dishes (no Peking duck pancakes & 1 serve of dumplings), & were left hungry. We we tried to order more savory, we could only get the dishes we had already had. Even with dessert we were offered 3 dishes (I only liked 2). Don’t get me wrong, the food we had was delicious but it didn’t feel like we got great value.

Overall disappointing.

CG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Overall, I was happy with my experience at David’s. I think some of the food was overpriced for the quality. The xialongbao and spring rolls were delicious, but probably didn’t justify the price. Our mains were excellent and the service was fantastic as well. Beautiful ambience.

Y
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We were quiet disappointed tbh . The service is really slow when it’s not even busy . The food is not amazing and eggplants is very undercooked . The food is over priced as well. It’s definitely not as good as it was . Probably won’t go again

SA
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was sensational but the number of staff to serve was not relative to number of patrons - particularly to manage drinks as well as food.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Food was very average-not worth the money. Dishes were bland

SN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good . Me and my son ordered the twin banquet $65 pp.
I was under the impression ‘each’ one of use would get seperate portion. I understand there was mention of ‘shared’ plate concepts but if that were so I would have expected more generous serving . Not twice as much ; perhaps 50% more.
No other quibble .

Y
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful experience as always. Delicious food and wonderful staff. It has changed a little from a traditional yum cha and I was a little disappointed that the raspberry and lime tea was not the same, but I always look forward to lunch at David’s!

OT
Singapore
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service

AS
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Every dish was exceptional. We couldn’t decide which we loved best. An instant favorite to return to for us.

CR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was terrific, venue was very attractive, staff and service was patchy, sometimes excellent other times marching to the beat of their own drum, overall very enjoyable, we will be happy to return

FM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

David's has been a favourite and is local. We took a group of family members this week and were very disappointed that the style of the menu has changed. The main courses are no longer large dishes for sharing. The food is good but no longer exceptional. Perhaps the chef has changed?

MH
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Only concern was that the food in the banquet came out far too quickly. Other than that it was very good.

CO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

David's is a great place to celebrate with good food and service.

KK
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We use to go to David’s a lot. It was more an upmarket or premium yum cha. The offering was fantastic. Now it’s really lacking. There was nothing special.

LF
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was outstanding! The service, the atmosphere, the food! Beautiful fresh Yum cha cuisine, plenty to eat! Whole family enjoyed it

S
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Lovely food and decor. Our only feedback was that it was so rushed and tough to have a good catch up with friends. Service was abrupt, probably because of the rush of getting people in and out the staff were obviously also under pressure. Good value, maybe a meal with someone you see all the time so you can just eat, but not a good option if it was booked in as a catch up lunch with friends

VD
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Much of the food was underwhelming sadly. Limp/wet Chinese broccoli, dumplings that tasted like they had sausage mince inside, bland fried rice. :(

TH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Well established favourite and a go to place in that part of the world. Great friendly and really efficient staff.

AG
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Consistently good, tasty, well thought out food and good service. This restaurant is a regular for us. Will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was amazing but it was very noisy - hard to hear each other talk. Service was ok.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was terribly slow. We selected the banquet option a week prior - the first course didn't arrive for +30mins and after two hours of sitting we had not eaten the main course dishes. It was incredibly frustrating as we were hosting a business dinner.

RM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service always excellent. Think Banquets better value than a la carte

AS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As ever the food was fantastic and plentiful. Packed but service was prompt and well managed. Accommodated our 2 and nearly 4 year olds without a problem

IL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Th Yum Cha at David's is always very good! Great value, and the quality and variety of food is outstanding. We love it!

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The setting and ambience was great. Food was delicious

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food are good, could’ve had some more traditional dim sims like sticky rice Chicken or egg tarts rather than fried rice and pork belly, not saying they’re not good, was just craving for egg tarts when we were there and they didn’t have them :(.

TV
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The female waitress made our dining experience amazing. Very sweet personality and we felt very welcome and valued. Great experience and really enjoyed our meal.

PD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great good value yum cha but was disappointed that Peking Duck, which is usually included, was not on this visit. Nonetheless, great food, service and amazing value.

A
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food absolutely love this place! Must try if you havnt been

FL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Music playing is bizarre 90s songs that do not fit the place or ambience at all

S
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

It was Not the so called “all you can eat”, rather a set dish menu served by staff. Although you can ask for additional food but by the time when we received the extra serve of 1 prawn dumpling, dessert had already been served on the table.
Definitely not a traditional yum cha place and not worthy of $48. Will not go back.

J
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Having been to David’s many times for a la carte I was a little disappointed with the yum cha. There were just too many fried items. Everything was cooked extremely well but felt a balance is needed.