Review: Yumcha at Gold Leaf Restaurant @ Springvale, VIC

Review: Yumcha at Gold Leaf Restaurant @ Springvale, VIC

Following the most recent #duckfest at Gold Leaf Restaurant in Preston, I heard many fantastic reviews about their Yum Cha sessions.

So at the first opportunity possible, I booked my usual Yum Cha buddies in for a session at Gold Leaf Restaurant.

It was a Sunday afternoon and the queue was astounding. To say it was ‘out the door’ was an understatement. There were even chairs outside of the restaurant for people to sit while waiting their turn. It made me very thankful that I had made a booking. Stepping in, I was amazed by the amount of people in the restaurant. Clearly, the yum cha sessions were popular.

We sat down at our table and waited for the first trolley to come by.

And waited.

And waited.

And…. waited.

Don’t get me wrong, I do realise that this was a very large restaurant. But having a mere 4-5 trolleys going around to feed the masses of people who had gathered under that roof with one sole purpose which was to eat? Surely there’s something not quite right with the maths there. As we watched, growing hungrier and hungrier by the minute, each trolley was held up at each table for at least 15-20 minutes. No wonder it took so long for the trolleys to get anywhere!

At long last, we were given food. Maybe the wait had been too long and we were just so hungry. But the dumplings were absolutely delicious. Worth the wait? I’ll grudgingly say yes. But I’d rather not have to wait, thanks. The Har Gow was flavourful and juicy and the Century Egg Porridge beautifully smooth and filled with generous helpings of century eggs.

Prawns were massive and juicy, perfectly cooked and most importantly, the food here wasn’t dripping with oil and grease. (Another local restaurant’s dumplings had oil dripping off it – quite off putting).

Those egg tarts were amazing. So was the mango pudding. And the tau huey was just to-die-for. It was done in the manner that I love best : warm with a tinge of sweetness and ginger. Heavenly!

So other than the miserably count of trolleys that seem to magically pass us by, the food was fantastic and the service pretty decent. A little pricier than the Yum Cha I’m used to but for the quality of food? Oh hell yeah.

Of course, I can’t vouch for every Gold Leaf there is out there and there’s quite a few branches! But if you are heading for their Yum Cha sessions, do book ahead so you aren’t stuck waiting outside on chairs. Who knows till when you’d have to wait for!

Gold Leaf

(03) 9540 3933
46 – 58 Buckingham Ave
Springvale, 3171

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  2. We go here for yum cha at work, and it is much less crowded on weekday lunches… but not exactly convenient! I do agree that the tau huey here is the best I’ve ever had. Just lovely!
    .-= Sefie´s last blog ..Open Day at Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School =-.

  3. That’s a bit far away for me. :(
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Quan 88 @ 88 Victoria St- Richmond =-.

  4. Yay! Yum cha!! As you know I also rate the Gold Leaf in Sunshine and also the one in Docklands although many disagree with that particular branch.
    .-= Lauren aka Ms Baklover´s last blog ..Roti Ria =-.

  5. Hmm!! yum cha, my favourite kind of outing!
    .-= Ellie (Almost Bourdain)´s last blog ..Halloween Recipe- Red Hot Devil Macaron Lollipops Mac Pops! Playing a Game of Macaron Roulette =-.

  6. Ahh yum cha. I’ve been to Gold Leaf in both Springvale and Docklands, they’re… not bad. We go more out of convenience than anything else, but once you eventually get the food it’s generally pretty decent. But I love yum cha so it takes a lot for me to be unhappy with a place :P

  7. Celeste I can relate to your frustration-or when the item that you want just never goes past you and you instead get the same things going past! :P
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Rescuing Food- A Day With OzHarvest! =-.

  8. ooooh I klove yum cha!!! And congrats on starting the C25K – I have heard it produces great results!!!
    .-= Lisa (bakebikeblog)´s last blog ..Time to roll =-.

  9. nice to know that there are great yum cha places in melb too ;) ill have to give this chain a try one weekend!
    when i see the trolley being held up for ages at a table i often worry that all the stuff i wanted to get would be gone by the time the trolley gets to me hehe.
    .-= Vivienne´s last blog ..Your Place Or Mine Book signing Pumpkin Pudding with Cinnamon sauce =-.

  10. oh yum i am craving Yum Cha right now!!
    .-= My Restaurants Melbourne´s last blog ..Chez Olivier Food Demonstrations &amp Specials =-.

  11. That’s a different way of serving mango pudding! I’ve always been accustomed to seeing them in clear plastic cups here in Sydney. Ah well, they’re all the same anyway! :)
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Sydney Foodbloggers ‘Mad Hatter’ Picnic Cake Pops =-.

    • plastic cups? Doesn’t sound very pretty D: Almost all the yumcha restaurants I know uses this heart mold. In fact, I’m thinking to go get one for myself…. XD

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