Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tai Pan

Tai Pan is one of those restaurants that constantly comes up during discussions on yum cha, but it's so far out of the city that I'd never mustered up the motivation to actually go check it out. The notorious chaos of Sundays at the restaurant, with three sittings and a tiny carpark, didn't convince me that it was worth the effort.

That was until M and I decided we should take his family out for lunch as a thank you for feeding us at least a couple of times a week.   

Tai Pan
The restaurant specialises in yum cha, Cantonese style morning or afternoon tea,  where trolley upon trolleys of small dishes are brought to the table and diners pick and choose. The waitstaff then mark the dish off on a sheet, with different categories priced differently. 

Due to the nature of this style of ordering, there's actually no menu, and all the names were in Cantonese. Understandably, I didn't order, and I don't actually know what the names of these dishes are, so you'll just have to make do with pictures. There are some pretty obvious ones (chicken feet, char siu bao, har gao etc.) but half the fun is picking a random dish and trying it (durian pastry anyone)? The cost is very reasonable, so just have fun! 

My favourite was the har gao; delicate shell surrounding a generous portion of sweet, tender prawns. Two serves please!

The food is amazing at Tai Pan and it deserves its reputation of being the best yum cha restaurant in Melbourne. The total bill was astonishingly cheap coming in at less than $20 per person, but it really depends on how much you want to eat. If you can deal with the chaos that is a yum cha restaurant make a booking with friends and family and enjoy. I'm thinking another trip out should be organised very soon.

Tai Pan Restaurant
237-239 Blackburn Rd, Doncaster East
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm

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