Blog entries tagged in Yum Cha
Davis Yu is taking Melbourne by storm when it comes to imaginative dining and a sense of fun. You don't get same old, same old. You get reinvention and a modern twist.
Claremont Tonic in South Yarra is launching a new Yum Cha menu to be featured every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3pm. This is Yum Cha new style. You won't get stern looking waiters peddling trolleys with traditional offerings of pork dumplings and chicken's feet. No. Chef Dylan Roberts and the Claremont Tonic team turns Yum Cha on its head.
We were privileged to be at a media lunch to preview the new style Yum Cha (note the disclosure). No hype, it was simply brilliant. While some Yum Cha is eaten in a bite or two, these offerings are more substantive than most Yum Cha I know.
Shark Fin House is a standout restaurant for Yum Cha in Melbourne. They have a large selection and a la carte choices but it’s the Yum Cha that is highly recommended. Shark Fin House is a great Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.
Walk in to a fairly nondescript entrance and discover Shark Fin House is upmarket. Waiters in nicely pressed suits guide you to your table. You might need to take the lift as Shark Fin House occupies a couple of floors as well as the ground floor. The décor is traditional with carpeted floors and tasteful walls and lighting. And of course the aquariums.
Claypot King is a serviceable restaurant on Swanston that specialises in claypot dishes. They do a good job of providing friendly and quick service and excellent claypots.
A good claypot should have that crispy rice at the bottom – which these guys do! The rice should also be cooked well – which these guys do! I ordered the pork ribs on top – which were well cooked and delish but I think it needed one or two more ribs. The amount of “filling” on top of the claypot was a bit less than what I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong – it was more than enough for lunch and for the price – but needs to be more generous.