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.
Excellent Yum Cha! Service was tops and the food was both delicious and fresh
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 .
A good experience. Tasty food and excellent service. BYO as well.
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.
- 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,
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.
So much fun. All the staff are so lovely and thoughtful. The food is sensational as always.
We love David's for a great value for money, classy yum cha!
A beautiful meal, amazing food, well balanced flavours. Caring polite service.
Yum Cha at David’s is a must do, make sure you wear stretchy pants as you really get value for money!
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!
The weekend Yum Cha is something pretty special. Highly reccommend. Will be returning any time we find ourselves in Melbourne
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!
Nice food with great service and a good atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
Food always amazing, service fabulous. Always recommend David's :-)
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.
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.
Tucked away in a quiet side street, David’s is a hidden gem. Loved the very cool white decor - not what we were expecting at all. Service was very attentive and friendly.
The food was simply sensational! Every single dish we ordered was divine. The chicken and the pork belly were standouts. The dumplings were great too. Delicious desserts too - the plums and the roasted white chocolate were wonderful! And they were beautifully plated up.
We will definitely be back to try all the other dishes on the menu. Highly recommend!
David's is as always the perfect location for yum Cha, everything is exceptional from the staff to the food and presentation
great quality food with fantastic service. Great vibe in the venue, but on the noisier side.
sit up the back, closer to the food when it comes out!
What a shame that the tardy service and noise levels detracted from the delicious (if very very late) food.
Had a 6:30 booking, the restaurant was at 50% capacity. Our waiter was not familiar with the new menu and there was duplication on it.
We ordered sparkling water and some tea, both arrived quickly. We ordered some sashimi as a starter, dumplings, noodles and mapo tofu. We waited 50 minutes for food before the sashimi arrived. Curiously our waiter checked where our food was 5 minutes earlier. I asked how long it would be, only for our waiter to not return for 10 minutes.
We decided we were not waiting any further and would leave. We instructed that we would pay for what we consumed but they apologised and decided not to charge us.
A terrible experience, but the pad Thai down the road was cheap and immediate.
The restaurant ambience was nice, but it was an extraordinarily loud environment for the size.
I will not return to Davids under any circumstance in the future.
Went on a Monday night (so hard to find a restaurant open on a Monday!) for our 30th wedding anniversary dinner. Super attentive service with great food. We will be back.
nice fresh Yum Cha, variety of dishes, good service. It's definitely good value for money
Delicious. Particularly appreciated the kind and prompt service. A great dining experience.
Amazing food and service. Loved every dish, especially the chocolate dessert dumplings and only wish we had room for more. A great place to show off Melbournes foodie scene. Also love the fresh scandi interior opposed to the traditional yum cha restaurant style, feels like a place for everyone. We will be back!
Yum cha was amazing! Fun for all sizes of parties!
David's food is uniquely presented as well as it is tasty. Love the yum cha as it is both delicious and value for money. We had a lot to eat & the ambience add on to the overall experience of a lovely
Christine, the manager is ultra attentive. I would highly recommend David's.
We took friends to this restaurant who were over from the UK and it was absolutely sensational. We ordered the feasting menu and it was all delicious and definitely fed four of us (loads). Would highly recommend.
Great service and fantastic food. We had the all you can eat Yum Cha which comes out like a rolling degustation menu. One tip, don't go too hard to fast or you'll miss out on the great dishes towards the end.
Delicious afternoon of eating a wonderful Yum Cha. Great service- a lovely assortment of food that was served efficiently. Great time. Only complaint is that it was not as cool as we would have liked- but in fairness was a very warm day. Lots of ice happily provided to keep our drinks cool. Thanks to the friendly staff!
David’s is pretty reliable. The food always good. It was a warm day when we went, about 33 degrees, and it was just very hot inside. It only got hotter and more humid as time went on, which made it a bit uncomfortable.
Great food, friendly service and good value for the all you can eat yum cha, all four of us left stuffed. The one complaint our table had: we were the furthest from the kitchen and many trays finished before reaching us, so some of the dishes never made it to us, or only one or two of our table if four received some dishes. Service should be mixed with some dishes starting from the back and moving towards the kitchen. However, once we voiced our concern we were asked what we missed out on and everything was cooked fresh for us. The dessert was great too. I would recommend David's for yum cha.
Such a lovely place to go for yum Cha. The food is divine and the service excellent. Highly recommended
This was my first time at David's and it had been recommended by a friend. The service was brilliant, the food incredible and the atmosphere was light, bright and welcoming. I will definitely be going back!
Terrific food; great service; special thanks to the chef who worked long past his shift to make dumplings for friend who arrived late from OS.
The experience was phenomenal, food, service and atmosphere were all above expectation
I am not a big fan of Chinese but David's is different to other typical Chinese restaurant... Food was tasty and healthy and exceptional service was provided entire night... I will go again for special Monday and Yum Cha on weekend!!!!