Another girls night out on the town and dinner was a requisite to line the stomach before drinks - dirty dumplings ensued. I've seen many good reviews of Shanghai Village Dumpling so I led my friends down the more desolate side of Little Bourke Street before we found it. At 6:30pm on a Friday night, it wasn't too busy although we had to go to the 3rd level for our seats, but by 7:30pm, there was a queue forming outside. It was miserable weather so we were glad that we had arrived early for our dinner.
We were desperately hungry so we ordered a few dishes to share between the three of us. The XLBs were the first to arrive and despite their tiny portions, they were filled with delicious soup and pork filling. For the price and portion, I like Shanghai Street Dumpling's version better as they are much bigger and with a couple more XLBs.
The steamed Pork and Veggie dumplings were nothing special but hit the spot. I like fried dumplings better as the steamed skins tend to get hard and cold quickly.
The Shanghai Noodles with Chicken appeared to be the only dry noodle option we could see so that it was our only choice as soup noodles are too difficult to share. The Noodle dish was uniformly coloured so it was almost impossible to distinguish Noodles from Chicken but the Noodles were springy and not too overcooked.
Unfortunately in the midst of a hurried order, I had accidentally ordered this dish thinking that it was Wontons in Chilli Oil. My bad, as they were exactly like our Steamed Pork & Veggie dumplings only in a bland broth with a few splashes of Chilli Oil. Again, nothing special.
Our quick meal was good enough for the price ($10 per person) and quantity but I felt the food lacked quality. There are so many dumpling restaurants in Melbourne that we don't have to settle of low quality food and can carry on a search for better dirty dumplings.
Will I return? No, I'd much rather go elsewhere for my dirty dumpling fix.
Shanghai Village Dumpling
112-114 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9663 1878