August 26, 2013
Got off early from the hospital, woo hoo!
Hungry and in time for lunch, how lucky 😛
Dumpling Up not only has a restaurant but a little kiosk next door where they sell dumplings and steam buns to go. After enjoying their buns-to-go a number of times, we decided to check out their restaurant for lunch.
A friendly staff member stood at the door introducing the lunch specials (on display in the window) to interested patrons.
We were interested and promptly shown inside. Two words: lovely decor! Unfortunately, the restaurant was almost empty. A shame considering this restaurant opened only a few weeks ago at that time.
They had appealing $10 lunch sets (rice with a main, 3 dumplings and green tea) but we decided on the a-la-carte menu instead in order to try more items.
All dishes were only $2.90 – amazing! We chose a variety of dishes…
Started off with BBQ pork steam buns (2 per plate) – tasty as usual!
Deep fried pork and shrimp dumplings (3 per plate) – fillings tasted very similarly, decent but not a stand out.
Edamame – overcooked with too much oil and salt.
We also tried a few sushi options, all of which came with 3 pieces per plate.
Salmon roll (salmon, avocado & cucumber)
Dragon roll (salmon, prawn & pickle)
Spider roll (fried soft shell crab, pickle & cucumber)
It’s a good thing we didn’t order too many because the sushi was not very good. Rice was overcooked, as you can probably see in the pictures. And the ingredients (tempura prawn and soft shell crab) were cold and not freshly made.
The price was great but the food did not match in quality. It was disappointing to see a large beautiful restaurant, with plenty of seating space, so empty in the middle of lunch time. And such a small menu that didn’t live up to expectations.
Service, however, was great and hopefully they will soon work out the kinks with the food – when you offer a limited menu, it should dazzle! Or maybe it was just a fluke in the kitchen the day we visited 😀 It is a lovely restaurant (with a bar and even private rooms) with good prices and we will be back in the near future to check it out again!