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Published May 22nd 2021
Dazzlingly delicious dumplings
Taking pride of place on the revamped Bradley Street food strip in Woden, Dumpling Social has added a fast, fun food experience to the area.
Dumpling Social is a bustling, fresh burst of life on the southside dining scene and even the outside tables were full on the crisp Canberra autumn day we visited. The interior was full of pop art wall hangings, light wood and lush indoor plants. The cocktail bar was bright, busy and full of boozy choices.
We were seated quickly and the waitress wasted no time on small talk or formality. She took our order so fast she was almost at the next table before we finished speaking. Minutes later, our order was frisbeed onto the table with little fanfare. I watched this waitress throughout the hectic service and she was a non-stop blur of motion. I've no idea how she managed to get every order out so fast and without a mistake but she did.
Billed as a contemporary take on Chinese food, the specialty here is dumplings and it's fair to say the Dumpling Social team have nailed this part of the menu. The fried chicken and kimchi dumplings come out piping hot and super crunchy. The inside is succulent and packed with flavour, the perfect start. We ordered some five-spice croquettes and they were the perfect blend of crisp exterior and creamy filling beautifully seasoned with five-spice.
Next, come the spicy pork and prawn wontons. The sauce they arrive in smells divine and the wontons are good but a little lacking in spice, they were definitely at the mild end of the scale but still tasty. The pork delicate soup dumplings were my favourite dish. The soup was so delicious and the pork was juicy and tender. They were cooked to perfection and the perfect end to a delicious meal. As well as dumplings and share plates, Dumpling Social offers a range of signature dishes, rice and noodle dishes so if you feel like something more substantial, they have you covered.
Throughout our lunchtime visit, the restaurant was packed so it's a good idea to book ahead to beat the office lunch break crowd and if you don't like crowded or noisy spaces, I wouldn't recommend this place. Otherwise, Dumpling Social was a refreshing addition to the area and well worth visiting.