Where To Find Melbourne’s Best Dumplings
With restaurants dotted all around the city, it’s fair to say Melbourne takes its dumplings pretty seriously. Our favourite places have no doubt been debated more than once and with Chinese New Year fast approaching, there’s no better time to list the places we hold especially dearly; in no particular order, of course.
1. Camy Shanghai Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant
A true Melbourne establishment. People tend to have a love/hate relationship with Camy’s thanks to its sometimes not-so-customer-centric service; however, don’t let that put you off – everyone knows it’s just part of the experience. Famous for their tasty offerings and cheap prices, this dumpling house tucked down a laneway in Chinatown is loved by locals and visitors alike. BYO drinks, friends, and order a feast – you won’t be disappointed.
2. Dumpling House
A hidden gem for Northerners, this fuss-free restaurant has perfected the pan-fried dumpling. Cheap, cheerful and tasty, Dumpling House is everything you want from a restaurant. The best bit? They’re also available on Menulog.
3. Charlie Dumpling
While everyone loves a cheap dumpling feast, sometimes you just need to get a little bit fancy. Worth a visit for the interior alone, Charlie’s menu gives the humble dumpling a very modern makeover, with offerings such as coconut braised Flinders lamb gyoza with massaman curry making an appearance. Be warned: if you venture out here, you’ll want to try everything on the menu, so make sure you designate some stomach room for non-dumpling related fare.
4. Hu Tong Dumpling Bar
Another CBD favourite, no Melbourne dumpling list is complete without Hu Tong. Equal parts style and substance, it’s no surprise there’s consistently a line of people waiting patiently for a table here. A great place to bring visitors, Hu Tong makes for a perfect start to any night out.
5. New Shanghai
New Shanghai may be located in a food court, but don’t be fooled – this is not your standard food court fare. Once you step inside, elaborate furnishings, fun cocktails and friendly, attentive staff await, with diners flocking to get a taste of the restaurant’s famous xiao long bao. If spice is your game, we strongly recommend the ‘Sirra-shu’ cocktail, combining plum wine, rockmelon, yuzu salt, sirracha and malic acid to transport you east.
6. Dumpling Workshop
Popular among locals, Dumpling Workshop stands out from the crowd on Koornang Road – no small feat considering the incredible range on offer in Carnegie. The food here is fresh, simple, fast and speaks for itself. Local or not, we definitely think this place is worth a visit.
7. Ping's Dumpling Kitchen
Another popular choice among locals, Ping’s is always packed with people getting their dumpling fix. Despite being busy, food arrives quickly, and students in the area will be pleased to know a plate of 15 boiled pork or vegetable dumplings will set you back less than $10.
8. I Love Dumpling
One of the most well-known dumpling restaurants in Melbourne, the food is like most places we love: cheap, fast and fresh. However, there’s just something about I Love Dumplings Melbournians hold close to their hearts. Available north or south side, make I Love Dumplings your next dinner stop (and don’t go heavy handed with the chilli). Not in the dumpling mood? You can also visit the team’s Korean BBQ restauarant, Gogi Gogi.
9. Dumpling De Chef
If you thought amazing dumplings only live around the CBD, think again. Dumpling De Chef is giving the inner city a run for its money, serving up delicious food that will leave you ‘wonton’ more. Seriously, their chilli wontons are the best, which their spate of 5 star ratings will attest. Did we just accidentally rhyme?
10. Shanghai Street Dumpling
Google ‘Best dumplings in Melbourne’ and Shanghai Street is one of the first places to come up. The space is small so there’s often a (quickly moving) line, but most people are happy to wait because they know it’s worth it. Plus, passing the time is easy when you get to watch the dumplings being made fresh in the window.
11. Gong De Lin
If you’re not looking for Gong De Lin, the semi-hidden elevator that takes you up to this veggie heaven can be easy to miss. An all-vegetarian restaurant, the dumplings are second to none, and patrons can indulge on other potentially missed vices: such as mock lemon chicken, curried beef and stir-fried crab in XO sauce. A lot of the options are also vegan-friendly and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by.
12 After The Tears
Okay, so they’re Polish dumplings, but pierogi are just too good to leave out. Sister venue to Windsor’s Borsch, Vodka and Tears, the cheese and potato dumplings served with caramelised onion and sour cream are sure to remedy any tears – unless they’re happy ones.
13. Dumplings and More
It promises exactly what’s on the label, but if we’re talking honestly, there’s a lot more than dumplings going on here. Having said that, the dumplings list is extensive and delicious, and the lamb ribs are also worth saving some belly room for.
14. Dainty Sichuan
Anything but dainty, the bold, elaborate interior at Dainty Sichuan provides the ideal backdrop for you to feast and feel like a king (or queen). DIY Sichuan hotpots are the main drawcard of this restaurant, but we think the dumplings warrant a mention in their own right too.
15. Mr Huang Jin
A little more expensive than your regular dumpling haunt, the dumplings at Mr Huang Jin are worth every penny. Catering to the CBD lunch crowd, plates here fly out of the kitchen, and their xiao long baos are a work of art. Almost too pretty to eat, the only problem you’ll have here is managing the inevitable dumpling coma back at the office.
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