Anyway this time we try dumplings at Mr Huang Jin. The fit out to this dumpling place is impressive. There's lots of light and shiny things, a clean open kitchen and funky chairs. All very welcoming.
I arrived first and was asked if I had a booking - sadly not but luckily they could squeeze us in for an hour. An hour was all we had anyway so everyone's a winner.
Our thoughts - tasty...all pretty tasty. All very refined and quite elegant if dumplings and deep fried goodies can be elegant... I loved the plump chilli wantons and the egg, crispy, slightly chewy spring onion pancake. The dumplings are small though so need to eat more to fill up. I like that you can order 5 or 8 in a serve.
It was a busy lunchtime service so it was hard getting the attention of the waitstaff especially as we were at a tucked away, semi hidden table. There was one waitress who always seemed to gaze in our direction but never quite switched on enough to come over.
It all ends up not being that economical. I think $40 for dumplings at lunch is quite pricey and I can't help but feel I'm paying for the decor than the food. Enjoyable enough though and a nice place to sit in for a leisurely dinner that's more pleasant than some of the Bourke Street dumpling places.