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Casual and wholesome Chinese, straight from the countryside Travel down the quiet one-way Cecil Place in Prahran to David’s and you’ll instantly forget the noise and city lights of Chapel Street. This neighbourhood gem puts tradition on the table, offering casual cuisine inspired by countryside Shanghai. The wholesome fare combines traditional dishes with contemporary tastes, with many recipes passed down from great grandmothers. The food isn’t bound by ‘mains’ and ‘starters’, instead dishes are brought out fluidly as they’re ready. Whether you have an hour to kill and you’re looking for a quick bite, or you have a special occasion worth celebrating, David’s ticks the box for all dining occasions. Get ready to be introduced to another culture through unfussy food that's bursting with the real tastes of Shanghai. Best dish: spiced oolong tea quail eggs with bean curd and wolfberries

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It was Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 1982, and for a kid on his first flight from the nest it left an impression. Eating roasted peanuts with chopsticks; drinking beer with salt-and-chilli calamari; and thinking I was in another

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David's old-school Shanghai diner has a new-look setting. This laneway favourite has embraced the trend for casual dining with a light-filled white-on-white interior seemingly plucked straight from the French Concession

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David Zhou's formal Chinese restaurant has had a 2012 make-under. Gone are the plush banquettes and novelty lamps, replaced with distressed school chairs, share tables, and a pristine white wash paint-job. Your placemat

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