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David's

Restaurants Prahran
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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David's Restaurant has been reinvented - can this old dog learn new tricks?

David Zhou’s formal Chinese restaurant has had a 2012 make-under. Gone are the plush banquettes and novelty lamps, replaced with distressed school chairs, share tables, and a pristine white wash paint-job. Your placemat is the menu, and it’s spruiking regional-style share dishes. Tick, tick, tick. Our waiter even has an asymmetrical flop of hair.

There are some great dishes: braised eggplant, spicy, soft and tangy with garlic, chilli and black vinegar; a bowl of chilled, hard-boiled quail eggs, steeped in oolong tea with fragrant wolf berries giving them a slight aniseed kick, and little school prawns, flash fried for crunching down whole. But what’s with the rush? There’s no angry mob waiting for our seats, and yet everything hits the table instantly, out of order and with no explanation.

Mains arrive immediately, while run-of-the-mill dumplings and (better) stuff-’em-yourself pork buns (sweet steamed bread with a spoonable cube of gelatinous pork belly) bring up the rear. A worrying indication that they’re the only dishes cooked to order. Speed doesn’t do favours for chewy pork ribs, or for the sections of sake-poached chicken, which are strangely clammy, ice-cold from the fridge.

But then, it’s a great room, wine starts at $35 and the menu steers creative over classic. If you’re in the ’hood and in a hurry, it’s not a bad option.


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Details

Address: 4 Cecil Pl
Prahran
Melbourne
3181
Transport: Nearby stations: Prahran; Windsor
Contact:
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm; Sat-Sun 11.30am-3pm; Sun-Thu 6-10.30pm; Fri-Sat 6-11pm

Special offers

Thursday Night - David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha

Thursday Night- David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha For reservations every Thursday 6:00pm & 8:00pm, we dedicate our dinner to our Famous Unlimited David's Yum Cha. It is great value and includes the following: Yum Cha Menu: BBQ Pork Buns, Veggie San Choi Bao, Veggie Spring Rolls, Chicken Ribs, Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, Ginger Prawn Dumplings, Peking Duck Wrap, Veggie Fried Rice, Chinese Broccoli & White Chocolate Dumplings. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Thu 6:00PM-7:30PM 8:00PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until Dec 6 2119

Friday Night - David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha

For reservations every Friday 6:00pm & 8:00pm, we dedicate our evening to our Famous Unlimited David's Yum Cha. It is great value and includes the following: Yum Cha Menu: BBQ Pork Buns, Veggie San Choi Bao, Veggie Spring Rolls, Chicken Ribs, Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, Ginger Prawn Dumplings, Peking Duck Wrap, Veggie Fried Rice, Chinese Broccoli & White Chocolate Dumplings. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Fri 6:00PM-7:30PM 8:00PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until Nov 5 2119

Saturday Lunch - David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha

Saturday Lunch- David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha For reservations every Saturday 11:30am & 1:30pm, we dedicate our lunch to our Famous Unlimited David's Yum Cha. It is great value and includes the following: Yum Cha Menu: BBQ Pork Buns, Veggie San Choi Bao, Veggie Spring Rolls, Chicken Ribs, Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, Ginger Prawn Dumplings, Peking Duck Wrap, Veggie Fried Rice, Chinese Broccoli & White Chocolate Dumplings. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Sat 11:30AM-1:00PM 1:30PM-3:00PM

Offer valid until Nov 5 2119

Saturday Night - David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha

Saturday Dinner- David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha For reservations every Saturday 6:00pm & 8:00pm, we dedicate our evening to our Famous Unlimited David's Yum Cha. It is great value and includes the following: Yum Cha Menu: BBQ Pork Buns, Veggie San Choi Bao, Veggie Spring Rolls, Chicken Ribs, Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, Ginger Prawn Dumplings, Peking Duck Wrap, Veggie Fried Rice, Chinese Broccoli & White Chocolate Dumplings. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Sat 6:00PM-7:30PM 8:00PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until Nov 5 2119

Sunday Lunch - David’s Famous Unlimited Yum Cha

For reservations every Sunday 11:30am & 1:30pm, we dedicate our lunch to our Famous Unlimited David's Yum Cha. It is great value and includes the following: Yum Cha Menu: BBQ Pork Buns, Veggie San Choi Bao, Veggie Spring Rolls, Chicken Ribs, Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, Ginger Prawn Dumplings, Peking Duck Wrap, Veggie Fried Rice, Chinese Broccoli & White Chocolate Dumplings. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Sun 11:30AM-1:00PM 1:30PM-3:00PM

Offer valid until Nov 5 2119
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