Celebrate Lunar New Year at David’s and Oriental Teahouse

Chinese New Year is right around the corner and to celebrate the Year of the Ox, David’s and Oriental Teahouse are taking special dinner bookings on Friday, 12 February that will treat patrons to live lion dances, red coin pockets and their famous yum cha to welcome in the new lunar year.

David’s will also be hosting two evening sittings at 6pm and 8.15pm. There will be live lion dance performances at each sitting that will bring the venue to life, and bottomless yum cha also on offer for $60 a head. Ring in the new year with yum cha favourites like David’s pan-fried BBQ pork buns, traditional sticky pork belly bao with Chinese pickle, ginger and scallion crab noodles, and more. Tucked mysteriously off Chapel Street down Cecil Place, celebrating the Lunar New Year at David’s is the perfect time to get together with family in an evening rooted in thousands of years in tradition.

In addition to the rambunctious performance of the lion dance, red pockets filled with gold coins symbolise good fortune, with the idea that for every passing minute the dancing lion spends over you trying to pinch your pocket, the more luck you’ll draw for the new year. Other traditions like the hanging of lettuce leaves above the lions for them to reach will take place, in which the word ‘lettuce’ is very similar to the Chinese word for ‘fortune’. If a piece of lettuce reaches you once thrown from the mouth of the lion, this is deemed as one of the highest forms of fortune. Once fallen on the ground, the lettuce gets picked up by hand – never swept, as this is the same as sweeping away good fortune.

Oriental Teahouse, South Yarra will be holding three dinner sittings – 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm with their à la carte menu available for order. Patrons who opt for the two later seatings will get to revel in live lion dancing that promises good fortune to diners as the dragon awakens.

Spending Lunar New Year at home with loved ones this year? Providoor will be offering up a special Chinese New Year Peking duck platter from David’s for $88, and a delicious Chinese New Year dumplings platter from Oriental Teahouse for $54. For more Lunar New Year ideas via Providoor, see here.

Oriental Teahouse is a household name that provides a world-class teahouse experience that is authentically Chinese but with a modern twist. The space encompasses a day-to-night culinary experience that does not sacrifice the essence of a traditional Chinese teahouse.

David’s is a contemporary Shanghainese restaurant inspired by owner David Zhou’s hometown of 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 in town while treating guests as an extension of Zhou’s own family.

Lunar New Year at David’s
4 Cecil Place, Prahran VIC 3181
Bookings for 6pm and 8.15pm only

Lunar New Year at Oriental Teahouse
455 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
Bookings for 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm only

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