Spring is a glorious time of year, particularly in Prahran. The market fills up with bright blooms, local shops launch colourful collections and people flood the sidewalks, freshly-emerged from winter hibernation. At David’s Restaurant, we love cooking fresh spring dishes that make the most of seasonal produce. We love serving our Shanghai country dishes in a dining room flooded with sunlight. We love stepping out onto our Cecil Place doorstep to smell the spring air. We love spring so much, in fact, that we want to help you have the best spring ever. Read on for our top tips on taking your spring to the next level!
1. Be all like this in the streets of Prahran
‘Tis the season for public displays of dancing!
2. Work florals into your wardrobe
To help you out with this one, we’ve selected four of our favourite spring looks ...READ MORE
August 26, 2016
David Zhou’s culinary journey began as a when he was just a boy. Raised on Nanjing Road, one of the busiest streets in Shanghai, he would wake up well before dawn lured out the door by the smell of freshly prepared wonton soup. He would tiptoe past his sleeping mother and ride her bike into the heart of Shanghai to visit the street vendors for breakfast. Although David grew up in the city, he regularly traveled to the Chinese countryside with his mother, a renowned opera actress at the time. These trips took him to Zhouzhuang, a 1600-year old heritage water village. David instantly felt at home, enchanted by the humble people and wholesome food.
The David’s menu is an extension of David Zhou. It’s a beautifully personal compilation of his childhood, Shanghainese pride, inherited culinary skills and life travels. Today ...READ MORE
Photo: Laia Magazie
Elaborate embroidery, fine silks, vibrant dying and meticulous weaving – these are all traits associated with traditional Chinese fashion. Through thousands of years of dynasties, the people of China have placed great importance on garment aesthetics. Quality and presentation have always been crucial, but no more crucial than the overall appearance of the wearer. Particular attention has been paid to hair, with men and women styling their locks into the fashionable ‘look’ of each era.
Chinese society has placed so much importance on appearance because fine clothing, along with cuisine and written language, is a way to set their culture apart from others. In fact they shunned certain fabrics, like wool, because it was the material of choice for ‘uncivilised’ animal-herding nomads.
Today, the fashion of China falls somewhere between the traditional and the mass-produced modern. Scrolling through photos of Chinese street ...READ MORE
Source: Image Juicy
This Mother’s Day, you could give your mum a bouquet of flowers. You can’t go wrong with a bouquet of flowers, right?!
That’s true, but how about one-upping things this year? Instead of a bouquet, set aside a little time to make teas from beautiful dried flowers. It’s a quirky twist on the tried and true Mother’s Day flower bouquet and we’re just the people to help you make it!
What You Need:
- Flowers of choice
- Muslin cloth, cut into small squares
First, pick your flowers. Rose petals, hibiscus, chamomile and chrysanthemum make gorgeous floral brews, but you can transform any edible flower into tea. Whichever you choose, be sure the flowers are certified organic – otherwise, there’s danger of pesticide contamination. So if the flowers aren’t home-grown, find a florist that sells organic blooms.
Next, strip the stems of leaves and gather ...READ MORE
April 19, 2016
February 8th marks Chinese New Year and as always, we're celebrating.
These are the two dates you need to mark in your diary:
Saturday February 6th at 7pm -- celebratory dinner featuring 5 courses with matched drinks, $80pp all-inclusive.
Sunday February 7th at 6.30pm -- a la carte menu, Chinese New Year specials and a free lion dance show.
Twenty sixteen is the Year of the Monkey and if you're curious to know more about what those born within this Chinese zodiac, head to Oriental Teahouse's blog and read up on personality traits, lucky numbers and more.
For now, we want to give you a sneak peek of our special Chinese New Year menu. Here's what you can expect:
- Soy smoked fish with shredded veg (matched with Scott Fiano, Adelaide Hills SA, 2013)
- Monks 10 veg (mached with Pizzini Verduzzo, King Valley VIC, 2013)
- Braised sticky Shanghai sweet sour pork ribs (matched with Pacha ...READ MORE
January 25, 2016
Chinese New Year
Source: Marmalade Bleue
Food is the best. Why? Because not only can you eat it, but because you can sing about it! You don’t have to be a pop star to bust out a ballad about what’s in your bowl, but if you were, you’d be in good company. We’ve been jamming out to food-related songs and these are the best of the bunch. Add them to your Christmas playlist and don't be ashamed of second helpings.
- Reverend Horton Heat – Eat Steak
- Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly
- Harry Nilsson – Coconut
- Muscles – Ice Cream
- Tin Tin – Toast and Marmalade for Tea
- Weird Al Yankovich – Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch
- President of the United States of America – Peaches
- Joe Liggins and the Honey Drippers – Pink Champagne
- Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches
- Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like ...READ MORE
December 2, 2015
The Christmas whirlwind is sweeping across Melbourne and if you don’t have a game plan, you’re probably going to get swept up along with it. And who knows where it’ll drop you!
David’s Restaurant is nestled right in the heart of Prahran, surrounded by some of the best shopping spots in town. But rather than leaving you to wander the streets of Stonnington and discover them on your own, we’ve put together a quick guide. Think of it as your ultimate time-saving Prahran Christmas shopping gift guide!
And it goes without saying that we’d love to have you in for a feed before, after or during your shopping day.
- Essential Ingredient – Foodie Gifts
Food! And food-related items! That’s what this luxe warehouse-style shop is all about. If you’re shopping for a foodie friend or family member, this is your (exquisite rose ...READ MORE
Why not ring in the new year in style with our NYE Sparkling Yum Cha.
All the David's Yum Cha favourites with bubbles to match.
Welcome Cocktail on arrival and DJ spinning tunes through out the night to see in the new year
If you’ve ever searched the #meanwhileinchina hashtag, you already know about some of the crazy stuff goes on there. But Mother Nature made sure China was keeping it weird well before hashtags -- keep scrolling for some of the strange plant life that outdoes even the tallest stack of chairs tied to the back of a man riding a unicycle.
This creepy-looking citrus doesn’t have much flesh or juice, but it has plenty of essential oil in the peel. In China, people will sometimes carry these plants with them or display them in their homes as token of good luck and happiness.
Source: HV Garden Journal
You wouldn’t want to meet this flower in a dark garden. Not only is it spooky-looking, it can also cause spontaneous bowel movements…
Fleece Flower ...READ MORE