Mary Street is home to a gorgeous little Chinese restaurant that serves up delicious authentic food in a relaxed atmosphere, and it should be on the list of must-try eateries for anyone wanting to enjoy excellent food in Dublin city centre.
Little Dumpling first opened in 2019 and has received rave reviews ever since, so much so that is eventually opened a second restaurant on Stephen Street.
So, what can you expect from a visit to Little Dumpling? The Mary Street restaurant is rather small and intimate, much like the variety of dishes you are about to order.
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In fact, this little space is home to two restaurants. As well as Little Dumpling, you will find Bullet Duck & Dumplings with a menu Chinese soup noodles, roasted meats with rice, Chinese stir fry and dumplings.
The menu at Little Dumpling consists of, naturally, a selection of dumplings. The choice allows for a different experience every time but upon first visit, our recommendation would be to order the Chicken Dumplings with House Satay Sauce, Roast Duck Xiao Long Bao with Hoisin Sauce and Beef Dumplings, Crispy Shallots with Teriyaki Sauce. Add on a portion of kimchi and fried noodles and you have enough to feed around three people sufficiently.
A word of warning should be thrown out here. Although you are ordering a variety of small bites, don’t be fooled into thinking you need to order too much. Two portions of dumplings and a couple of sides will leave two people full enough.
The chicken dumplings are covered in a delicious satay sauce with the added crunch of crushed peanuts.
Meanwhile, the duck dumplings are perhaps the most exciting to taste with the salty and slightly sweet feature of the hoisin sauce.
The beef dumplings, meanwhile, are equally as delicious, although the duck dumplings stole the show for us.
Ordering a portion of kimchi is a must. It’s the perfect little addition onto your meal for people who like something slightly sour in their dining experience.
Perhaps what this restaurant is ideal for is a relaxed, casual dining experience. Picking away at your plates with your chopsticks, you’ll take your time enjoying the flavours of each little bite. And once you’re done with your mains, it’s time for the most epic dessert.
Have you ever had Nutella-filled dumplings? They’re are the dessert you’ll be surprised to love so much, served with a humble scoop of ice cream. You get four dumplings with each dish, so it’s ideal for sharing if you are stuffed from all of the goodness you’ve just enjoyed beforehand.
What’s also worth noting about Little Dumpling is the value for money you’ll get here. Each portion of dumplings costs €7 while a generous portion of fried noodles costs just €4 and kimchi costs €4. You can also get miso soup for just €3.
You can book a table at Little Dumpling here.
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