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A friend and her daughter, who is a friend of my daughter, and us went out today for Yum Cha in the city.  We love Yum Cha and she had purchased some vouchers for a place we had never been to before.   It was called Dynasty and is just off Bourke Street in the city.  Check out this place.

Dynasty ReceptionThis is what we first saw when we walked in.  It was so amazing to see a Chinese Restaurant with a reception area.  We did wonder what we had walked into.  The level of detail was so nice.

The Hallway This is the hallway from the main restaurant back to the reception area.  I just loved how much detail was in it.  I don’t normally do the whole tourist thing, but I had to take some photos and show you.  They didn’t have any problems with me doing so.

The Yum Cha was amazing.  It was great food.  The variety wasn’t as great as what we normally get from the place we usually go to, but it was really good.  The vouchers turned out to be really good value.  They included drinks as well.  I thought after one glass we would have to pay for a second, but it was included in the voucher.  Very good value, did I say that already?

The city was absolutely packed with people.  So many going to the after Christmas sales.  We went for a quick walk through Myer, and were astonished that all their decorations were gone.  There wasn’t any sign of Christmas in the store anywhere.

I did take my new Tamrac camera bag with me.  It was great.  It is also comfortable to wear and getting my camera in and out wasn’t a problem at all.  It was easy.  Other bags I have used I have found difficult, but this one is brilliant.  Plenty of room for my other stuff as well.

For details about the bag, check out my post from yesterday.

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  1. This place looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos with us Leanne.

    December 27, 2012
  2. I am amazed by the architecture you have in your city. Beautiful.

    December 27, 2012
    • Some of it is amazing, I think it has to do with our multiculturalism, we have bits from everywhere. Thank you htheblog

      December 28, 2012
  3. Stunning place, hope the food was so good as the interior. Reminds me about UMA in Berlin, but it doesn’t have the same grande space.

    December 27, 2012
  4. Amazing place!!!

    December 27, 2012
  5. How Beautiful!
    Isn’t it fun to sometimes be a tourist in your own city?

    December 27, 2012
    • Thank you Marie, yes it really can be fun sometimes, you can discover all sorts of new things.

      December 28, 2012
  6. That looks like the lobby of a 5 star Parisian hotel, not a Melbourne yum cha!

    December 27, 2012
    • I know, we were so shocked when we walked it.

      December 28, 2012
  7. Man, our town does not have beautiful building like this! I’m jealous! :-)

    December 27, 2012
    • It might, I didn’t know this was here until my friend took me there, it is hidden away. Sometimes you just have to go somewhere different. Thanks Val.

      December 28, 2012
  8. Looks more like a palace than a restaurant. I can’t believe that Myers took down their Christmas decorations so quickly. Are the decorations still up on other buildings?

    December 27, 2012
    • I know what you mean Gallivanta, it also looked very expensive. As far as I can tell other places still had their decorations up. Thanks

      December 28, 2012
  9. what a beautiful restaurant! You are always surrounded by beauty!

    December 27, 2012
  10. Stunning interior shots! Great work!

    December 27, 2012
  11. A beautiful restaurant, looks like a palace.

    December 27, 2012
    • It is John, it also looked very expensive. Thanks

      December 28, 2012
  12. Pat #

    What a beautiful restaurant!

    December 28, 2012
  13. What a stunning restaurant…I would love to be a tourist in your city! Such wonderful architecture there…
    Cheers

    December 28, 2012
    • Perhaps you should be a tourist here Heather, it is full of wonderful things to photograph. Thanks

      December 28, 2012
  14. wow! I would have to wear my socks and skid down those floors….

    December 28, 2012
    • Thanks James, how tempting would that be?

      December 28, 2012
      • Would probably get chucked out but soooo worth it

        December 30, 2012
  15. I thought it was a casino or a renaissance themed hotel until you mentioned yum-cha :D The I remember that Shanghai and Hong-Kong were heavily influenced with European lifestyle post world-war-2. Maybe this place was influenced by that era.

    December 28, 2012
    • I think this restaurant has very similar influences, it is just wonderful. Thank you.

      December 28, 2012
  16. Oh, my gosh, this place is gorgeous!

    December 28, 2012
  17. Wonderful, inspiring pictures. I love seeing things like this unexpectedly. It takes your mind to a new place.

    December 28, 2012
    • That is so very true, it is wonderful, thank you Kimberly

      December 28, 2012
  18. This is a restaurant? You sure it’s not an elegant museum. WOW ! What a fabulous place.

    December 28, 2012
    • Haha, no most definitely a restaurant, or we were eating the displays. It is a great place Emily, thanks.

      December 28, 2012
  19. Such beauty in opulence! I might be distracted from eating, so I’m glad the food was good. Thank you for posting these photos!

    December 28, 2012
    • The food was so good, really good, I would imagine meals there would be fantastic as well. Thank you Berna

      December 28, 2012
  20. Thank you very much for liking my last post and visiting my blog. I love yours as well. Your photos are gorgeous. Happy 2013!

    December 28, 2012
    • YOu’re very welcome Susan and thank you so much as well.

      December 28, 2012
  21. Looks palatial!

    December 28, 2012
  22. That is a beautiful restaurant.

    December 28, 2012
  23. Leanne, thank you – you have giving me so many lovely ideas for the visit to Melbourne with my niece 😄

    December 28, 2012
    • That is wonderful bluebee I look forward to hearing how you go, of course if you would like company, let me know, if I am free I would be happy to tag along. :)

      December 28, 2012
      • Hi Leanne,

        Happy Birthday to you. :-D

        Thanks very much. We are in Melbourne at the moment but only have one more day here and we are meeting up with a friend of my niece’s.

        I would like to maybe come down later in the year and participate in one of your field trips once I have bought my DSLR.

        Thanks
        Bb
        Xx

        January 7, 2013
  24. Wow, Looks stunning, im sure if the food is half as good as the decor its a winner, Damn, now I’m hungry :-)

    December 28, 2012
    • Food even better, haha, I hope you got some food. :) Thanks edmooneyphotography

      December 28, 2012
  25. I really should go to Melbourne more often. Thanks for showing me a beautiful place to eat!

    December 28, 2012
    • Yes, you should, haha, come and say hello. You are welcome and thank you too.

      December 28, 2012
  26. Oh, such a gorgeous place, Leanne…and wonderful they allowed you to photograph! Beautifully done!

    I’d love to ask the Myer people, “Erm, have you never heard of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’?”…so silly to take things down so quickly, and of course, it was done in the middle of the night! Bah!

    December 28, 2012
    • I could have done the images better, but it is hard to do so when you feel rushed. I had to be quick, I didn’t want to get in the way.
      I don’t know what the thinking behind Myer taking down their decorations so early, it was very strange. It was probably done on Christmas day when the store was closed and they were getting ready for the Boxing day sales. So weird.

      December 28, 2012
      • Very…here they are left up until New year’s. I’ve had to go into many places on New year’s Day night and remove decor…not pleasant, but so easy with no customers!

        December 29, 2012
  27. ladyjemini #

    wow! I haven’t been to this place, looks like it’s def worth checking out.

    December 28, 2012
    • Definitely ladyjemini, if you go for a meal, please let me know how it was. I suspect it would be divine. Thanks

      December 28, 2012
  28. petit4chocolatier #

    Magnificent on every level possible!

    December 28, 2012
  29. That is pretty spectacular!

    December 28, 2012
  30. This is a beautiful place! I can’t believe this is a restaurant! Your pictures capture the beauty well, too. :)

    December 29, 2012
  31. saymber #

    What a beautiful and opulant place! WOW! Happy New Year Leanne!

    December 29, 2012
  32. The architecture, colors, and photos are works of art. These are beautiful!

    December 29, 2012
  33. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I visited your site. I had to go way back to here. You are right, doing a blog a day is difficult. I took my post a day off for this year. I didn’t post at all yesterday, just cleaned up my site some. I love this hall. The furniture looks like it came from Florence, Italy. Just gorgeous You really are a marvelous photographer, Leanne, and getting better all the time.:)

    January 4, 2013

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