Melbourne

Cure Your Hangover with the Best Yum Cha in Melbourne

Complete with speciality dim sim chefs.

There’s nothing quite like a spot of yum cha the morning after a big night — or for any occasion, really. The sound of trolleys filled with steaming baskets of dim sims and dumplings, the small cups of green tea, the hearty greens doused in sauce… a scene straight out of southeast Chinese restaurants, that we’re lucky enough to experience in Australia.

Most of Melbourne’s best spots for yum cha are family-owned and have been going strong for over 20 years.

So, if yum cha is what you’re after, venture out to these best spots for yum cha in Melbourne.

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David’s

Prahran
David’s is a contemporary Shanghainese restaurant inspired by Zhou’s hometown Zhouzhuang, a water village in which his family’s recipes originated. Loved by locals for over 20 years, it’s no secret that David’s authentic menu showcases some of the finest dumplings and yum cha in town while treating customers as an extension of Zhou’s own family. Different from your typical Cantonese yum cha, David’s harnesses the authentic flavours of Shanghainese cuisine in 11 varieties of delectable dishes. Think dumplings, spring rolls, signature loaded veggie fried rice, pork and prawn shumai and homemade pork buns… and there’s even a vegan menu if you’re eating plant-based. David’s do yum cha every day, so make sure you make a booking here.

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Shark Fin Inn

Little Bourke Street, CBD
Shark Fin has been around since 1980 and has earned a reputation for excellence for authentic Chinese dishes — and that means yum cha. It’s got intoxicating old school energy, complete with friendly waiters in suits and yum cha trolleys squeaking around filled with delicious and authentic treats. Open for yum cha every lunchtime, their menu is extensive, including classics like prawn dumpling with ginger sauce, prawn toast, chive and fish cake, Shanghai pork dumpling and ‘Superior’ soup dumpling.
You can make a booking online here.

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Oriental Teahouse

Little Collins Street, South Yarra, Chapel Street
Inspired by the bustling teahouses that dot Nanjing Road, one of Shanghai’s busiest streets, Oriental Teahouse is designed to be at the heart of social gatherings of all kinds. Since opening in 2003, Oriental Teahouse has built a reputation as Melbourne’s best teahouse, thanks to their unbeatable selection of handmade dumplings and yum cha, all served alongside a carefully selected range of cocktails and herbal and Chinese teas. They also sell their extensive range of hand-blended teas and Shanghai-inspired tea wares in-store, so you can recreate that teahouse feel at home. You can make a booking here.

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Secret Kitchen Chinatown

Little Bourke Street, CBD
Secret Kitchen is so dedicated to making the best yum cha that they have an Executive Chef dedicated to Dim Sims. Both their Chinese Cuisine Exec Chef and Dim Sim Exec Chef have been in hospitality for 20-35 years, have both created innovative dishes that have won multiple nationally recognised awards in China. Safe to say that when it comes to an authentic yum cha, you’re in good hands at Secret Kitchen. Infusing the principles of fine Chinese cuisine, the aromas, flavours and presentation of each dish are pretty extraordinary. They serve up yum cha seven days a week, complete with the largest live seafood aquarium in Melbourne. Book a spot here.

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Flower Drum Restaurant

Market Lane, CBD
In 1975, Gilbert Lau opened the Flower Drum in Chinatown on Little Bourke Street and what started as a humble desire to serve authentic Cantonese food to Australian people, turned into a critically acclaimed institution. Operating as an a la carte restaurant, their entire menu is a refined yum cha experience to remember. By far the most successful restaurant in Chinatown, Flower Drum is well worth its prices — which are a bit more expensive than your regular Sunday morning yum cha. Trust us when we say, every cent is worth it. You can book here.

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Melbourne

The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

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Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

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Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

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King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

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Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

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Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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