A dumpling lover’s haven, this double storey Chinatown gem is arguably the busiest dumpling eatery in the city. The large red door nestled into the heritage facade opens onto a hectic first floor, with scattered seating, bright pink walls and waiters rushing about with steaming plates of piping hot dumplings in hand.
Dumplings come steamed or fried and reach your table mere moments after you order – caution, they’re hot! For non-dumpling options, dozens of menu pages are devoted to Chinese dishes, including vegetarian options that are sure to satisfy. Steamy Shanghai fried rice and Chinese broccoli drizzled with oyster sauce are the top dumpling accompaniments. Authentic Chinese dishes such as chicken feet and Chinese-style squid are on offer for adventurous tastes.
Incredibly cheap, this is no-frills at its best. Indeed, with a plate of 15 dumplings for under $7, Shanghai Village’s popularity lies in its speedy service, cheap and cheerful food, buzzing atmosphere and handy BYO policy. A fun, bustling setting for small group gatherings and celebrations, Shanghai Village’s CBD location makes it the perfect precursor to a night out or a quick after-work meal.