Tea House on Burke

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911/913 Burke Road Camberwell, VIC 3124

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Opening hours Sun-Fri 12pm-3pm,Sun-Thurs 6pm-10.30pm,Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm
Features Private dining, BYO
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Sum Cheung & Kam Chen
Seats 100
Payments AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 03 9882 9088

It's easy to see why Tea House on Burke is such a comforting cocoon: a spacious dining room, peaceful ambience and unfailingly polite, smooth service make for a highly enjoyable experience. Over a decade since opening, the (mostly) Cantonese menu is bedded down and confidently executed. An entree of fried garfish stuffed with diced carrot and celery is crisp and light; equally pleasing is the slinky rice noodle roll, filled with sliced celery and doused in a sweet soy sauce; and a main of battered prawns in a creamy wasabi sauce - curiously accompanied by sweet chilli sauce and fresh mango - is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Less thrilling may be a tender, soy-simmered duck that can lack the promised five-spice aromatics. Desserts generally tread the well-worn fritter path so, for something more, try the pan-fried red bean pancake that's boosted by fresh banana.