I was really looking forward to eating here since the reviews are amazing and I love dumplings. The serene dining room works well for a business gathering but also appeals to casual droppers-in. There are different choices of preparation pan fried, steamed or boiled and you can get 12 or 18 pieces with obv 18 being more bang for your buck. The lamb skewers are also delicious, but other than the skewers and dumplings, I definitely still need to venture and try more items on the menu! I was not a fan, but my cigar smoking husband loved the smoky notes in this beverage. We got four plates of 12 dumplings for four people and thought it was enough. What's there not to like about a small dumpling factory restaurant that churns out deliciously savory products that I would gladly consume! For an asian restaurant, this place is very modern and chic.
Customers could use the app or a kiosk to order their food. Bottom line: good but pricey food, bad host service. Very clean and friendly service. We used the same day line waiting system that they have on their website and it really shorted our wait time, so definitely do that while you're on the way in. I recommend to get the chicken wings in apps, as well as the cucumber salad: these wings are marinated so well, you just want to keep eating them all! Our dumplings were very good, so hot and fresh! Like most in the neighborhood, it's open 365 days a year, and at midday you don't need a reservation. Take a look at the renderings below, and start preparing your lunchtime routine for an infusion of handmade dumplings.
The service was great too, our waiters gave us good advices, I'll go back for sure Used to be favorite place in Chinatown. The restaurant is bright, airy, and clean. After spending a few months in Asia, I couldnt find anything close in the area taste wise. I love when you come back to a restaurant with high expectations and the restaurant consistently exceeds them. The most delicious dumplings I've ever had. In addition, I also ordered some very good garlicky kelp and some grilled shrimp skewers.
You can also watch the crew making the dumplings! The menus are on iPads and are easy to coordinate through. The food is dependable, if too Americanized for some tastes. The aroma was enticing and I could not wait to dig in. The lamb skewers had a slight spice taste, but we're super chewy bursting with flavor. Definitely coming back here the next time I'm in Chicago! Medium size comes with 12 dumplings and large comes with 18.
Food was healthy, no unnecessary additives. We had the lamb and coriander steamed my favorite , the pork and leek boiled and the zucchini vermicelli mushroom pan fried. I've been here quite a lot of times now and I can now confidently say this is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. You can't go wrong with anything that you order. We even tried a scallop and lotus flower dumpling. There is a certain compulsiveness that went into designing the restaurant and they have way too many floor staff which is probably why the prices are relatively high.
But our favorite was the pan fried beef and onion dumpling. Anyway, after we finished our food, we were still hungry so we decided to order some more dumplings. We had a party of four arrive on a Sunday afternoon with a 30 minute wait. Warning: it is difficult to nibble an end and slurp the broth a la xiao long bao, because the pressure tends to make it spew out of the other end, which could be dangerous to others in close proximity. The New York-area has more than five times as many Chinese-Americans as the Chicago area. All are great in their own way.
As it continues to get more and more popular, the wait times to eat here get longer and longer especially on the weekends. If you love dumplings, this place is a must! The salad is also good! Because of this, the boiled ones were also easier to split than the fried ones. The plates and bowls were exquisite and the restaurant itself has a very practical and peaceful decor. The spot is very cute, you don't have too many seats but it feels cozy inside. Because I came with a group of 4 on a Monday afternoon around 3 the wait was not bad, but generally when I pass the resturant it seems very crowded. Anytime I bring friends visiting from out of town, they leave happy and full.
Make sure to come expecting to wait - they don't take prior reservations, you just have to put your name down and they'll text you when the table is ready. The service wasn't the best. I like to eat my dumplings with just a little vinegar to add acidity and complimentary contrast to the flavor rich fillings. They come 12 or 18 to the order, meaning sharing is the way to go. I think the place needs to hire more staff, because there was no hostess.
To be honest, it was really overwhelming. I thought the boiled, steamed and fried were all good. It's not like the little bundles of love can't be produced well, with delicate wrappers that maintain the strength to hold their precious liquid cargo long enough to be nibbled and slurped. If you want the best dumplings, this is the place for you. The lamb was outstanding followed thisclose by the pan fried veggie.