David's

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349 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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L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I love David’s and we go a lot. The food is excellent. This time it was so quiet... and the staff just rushed us through. I asked twice for them to slow down and it didn’t seem to be taken on board. It made what should have been a relaxing lunch with friends like a food assault. There were still smaller parties eating so I didn’t understand why we were so rushed and the waitress kept coming back to see if the credit card was on the bill. Hope this improves...

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely and quick service, delicious food. Perfect date night spot!

BR
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner with family and friends was a fantastic experience from the greeting to the farewell.

The food was exemplary with good recommendations from our waiter. The duck 'two ways' is the go to dish.

The service was faultless and the wine list perfect for the Shanghai focused menu.

AM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome yum cha. Attended the 11.30 am session. Highly recommend for the lovely staff , great selection of food and ambiance. You will not go hungry !

AM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service for the Yum cha were first class. As with all yum cha, too much food, but could not stop trying different things. Looked after the dietary very well. Can't wait to come back.

LW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to David's on several occasions and we love the whole experience

AC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely the best Chinese food we’ve ever had. The food was incredibly presented and absolutely delicious. Reasonably priced for an “upper class” restaurant. Recommend going with others to share meals. Service was perfect. Had a wonderful evening and will definitely revisit!

AF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yum cha at David’s was a very enjoyable experience with so much choice and amazing hosts.
Would definitely enjoy again !

PG
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible quality yum cha, perfect amount of food and so much variety. The staff were very accommodating with a spot at the table for our pram too. Thanks again, can’t wait to come back!

JE
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My only dislike, was waiting around out the front for guests to be seated because all bookings start at the same time. Other then that, everything was amazing, not just the food, but the overall lunching experience was amazing and the staff were really nice and attentive.

FP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, great service but a bit too too rushed. Would have been much better if we could have had more time to get through the courses.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very enjoyable and I will be going back!

KG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Great food, wonderful service. We went for a special birthday and had a wonderful night. We will be back!

JR
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne- great food great ambience- all good

NN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere. The foods were also great. Another good thing about this restaurant is they accept BYO wine, so I brought my favourite wines.

AM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Yum Cha was excellent with some really good gluten free options. Service was very attentive and the food kept coming at a brisk rate

JM
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We have had family Yum Cha catch ups at David’s over the years and thoroughly enjoyed every occasion. This Father’s Day set menu Yum Cha didn’t
match our other experiences. Service was slow for drinks and the range and quantity of food limited.

EM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the all you can eat menu and the dishes just kept coming. Amazing food, great staff and lovely experience overall!

AM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic yum Cha, the food is amazing and there is plenty of it - only advice would be to go to the later (1.30pm sitting) as at the 11.30 session there is so much food and they bring it out quite quickly to get you out for the second sitting. So later sitting would be far more relaxing!

SJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time to David’s & it was for a special occasion - as I stated on our booking & the staff couldn’t be more accommodating & sincere - the service is really on point & naturally given , very good vibe throughout the restaurant . Then there was the food - which I consider myself as well versed in this area & it was above & beyond simply amazing . Thankyou David’s for a memorable evening - will recommend to everyone .

BL
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about this place, and can't believe I hadn't even heard of the restaurant before. Will definitely be coming back again, the food and service was incredible. The restaurant had a relaxed vibe and we weren't rushed through like you normally would be with a lot of restaurants in this area. Love love loved it all.

J
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The vegetarian options were very limited and came out at a different time from the meat

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We have been for yum cha here 3 times in the past 18 months. We love it so much and rave about it to everyone. This visit I noticed some menu changes for instance the steak wasn't on the menu and instead of there being 4 dessert options there was only 3, I think with custard buns no longer being served which is a pity. Our table was accidentally not served the eggplant and we had to ask for it. What I love about here is you can ask for extra of your favorites. By far out favorite yum cha ever

m
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

It was very ordinary compared to the hype. There were far too many of the same dishes coming around. Desert was very disappointing. Couldn’t see significant difference between this “shanghainese” cuisine and any other yum cha except there were no egg custard tarts for dessert.

The wait staff were pleasant and that was the only stand out feature.

CW
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Just a few constructive comments to make any future experience better: If rice could come before all the dishes that would be great. And if a dessert could be incorporated into the banquets that would be wonderful. Everyone was gutted to not have a dessert included at the end.

PD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I loved every bit of it EXCEPT - very very noisy. Very difficult to hear across the table. would definitely recommend to friends though

CD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of my favourite Asian restaurants in Melbourne & didn’t fail to deliver again. Dim Sum, Pork Belly & Wagyu Beef outstanding. Super friendly & helpful staff.

LS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great ambience and wonderful staff. Food choices were good. Chicken was well-cooked, bust slightly cold. Would definitely recommend to someone looking for a quiet and fancy date night.

J
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommended restaurant!!
Delicious food
Excellent services

C
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always totally consistent and since change of menu a few months ago and only pity you reduced your range of dumplings ... it’s value is great for the quality and byo most nights is a winner.

CP
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

There is no denying that the produce used in the food was fresh and of a high quality, the price point on the other hand was way over for the portions and dishes presented.

BW
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I had to rearrange my booking time a little before the scheduled time and they were very accommodating even as the restaurant was very full.

The food was very tasty and the service was very attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

PD
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

They bring you in with the $45 yum cha all you can eat price, but then the drinks are expensive. And they try to fill you up with cheap plates (noodles etc.) before bring out the plates you actually want - Peking Duck is left till 2 hours after you sit down.

WC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

sensational time perfect for any occasion food was spot on!

E
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So happy that we were finally able to try the Yum Cha. Had friends visiting from interstate and they were absolutely blown away by the quality of food & service. Looking forward to returning!

AV
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a fun experince. I'd come back again with bigger group.

PR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

R
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
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!!!

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

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

BB
Melbourne / VIC
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...
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