David \d(a)-vid\ is pronounced DAY-vid. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is “beloved”. Biblical: one of the most remarkable personalities in the Scriptures. David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet, and king. He wrote about half of the Psalms and very likely composed music for them as well. He is the only David mentioned in the Bible; his name occurs there more than a thousand times.

Last Thursday I beheld a most curious sight – a room full of men, all called David, enjoying a lunch hosted by David Zhou, the owner of the multi-award winning Chinese restaurant David’s.

It was a very Being John Malkovich moment, to say the least.

Dining with Davids was introduced briefly by David Zhou, who said that he was thrilled to host the complimentary five course lunch with the Davids, as he believed that they all shared the same easy-going, affable, peace-making personality.

And so it seemed – the Davids of all shapes, sizes, ages and professions seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, marvelling at the fact that they didn’t have to try and remember the other person’s name and engaging in animated conversation. The Davids included new customers, old customers, David Lee and Dave Krupp from Nuffnang, Dave Carswell from Melbourne on Foot, David Jones of Dalwhinnie Wines, David Lowenstein of Century 21 realestate in Prahran, David Portelli of the City of Stonnington, David Reyne, singer and television presenter and David Mee, one-time chef for the British Royal Family.

The Davids were lucky enough to sample a range of traditional Shanghaise dishes – mustard cress salad with baby bamboo and Shanghai pork dumplings to start; Grandmas prawns and Sai Pang Xie with steamed rice, Da Qian chicken and David’s vegetarian fried rice and Banana wonton with icecream.

Dining with Davids was a popular event and it may be repeated as many Davids were turned away. So keep an eye out for upcoming events by following David’s on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidsprahran or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melbourne-Australia/Davids-Restaurant/274366499149?ref=ts or stay updated by visiting www.davidsrestaurant.com.au and joining the mailing list.

For my review of yum cha at David’s, click here.

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