As we will be overseas on my actual birthday, we had some early celebrations this weekend. Nothing crazy, I am too old for that now.
Saturday morning I had to pick Ray up from the airport, then we came home and got ready to have lunch with our friends. I wanted to have yum cha and picked Tao Tao House due to it's high ranking on Urbanspoon.
Apologies for lack of pictorials, I was so hungry I was more focused on eating :)
Tao Tao House was a lot smaller than I was expecting. I think they have purchased new chairs, unfortunately I don't think they tried the chairs with the tables when they bought them as they are too low. I felt like I needed a booster seat. They do bring the food around on trolleys, but as it was quite a small restaurant, they didn't bring them around as often as I would prefer and there was not a large variety of food like you would find in the bigger yum cha restaurants. I'd say it would be better for smaller groups of up to 4 who want to have a quiet and intimate yum cha experience. It does miss that crazy hustle and bustle I am used to when having yum cha.
The food was of excellent quality though, all the dumplings were really delicious. The custard egg buns were good, the filling wasn't dry as I often find at our local yum cha place. The egg tarts were also delicious. It ended up costing only $25 per person, so wasn't too expensive.
Sunday night we went out for dinner with my mum, her partner and my brother for another early birthday celebration plus early Mother's Day as we will be in NZ. We went to Dainty Sichuan in Toorak. We had a 6pm booking and it wasn't too busy, but as we finished up at around 7:30pm the restaurant was full so I would recommend making a booking. You can choose to have hotpot or just normal stir fry dishes. We went for normal. Between the five of us we shared 5 dishes, plus I brought a cake. As the lovely FF says, I am a Follower and when I saw Cat's cake I had to get one too. It was really good! We were so full at the end and took some leftovers home as well so it was pretty good value. The first couple of dishes came out scary quick. As in we had just ordered and the food came out immediately. I loved every single dish we had, and would return to Dainty Sichuan with no hesitation. It was spicy though, so I don't know whether someone who does not enjoy spicy food would like this restaurant. But if you are a spice lover you gotta try this place!
Cold noodles, sweet and sour pork ribs
Chong qing chicken - the bones got a bit annoying
Fish flavoured eggplant - my favourite dish of the night
Vanilla slice cake from Tanner's Swisse Patisserie ($32)
Total for dinner was $134 (includes corkage $2 per person, chinese tea and soy milk)
I'm still full now.