At first glance it may not sound retaliatory that a food court is where you could find some tasty food. Yet just the same as Melburnians are well aware our friends to the north in the harbourside city of Sydney certainly have no monopoly when it comes to beautiful Australian beaches, so too is it true - that though Melbourne's Chinatown has some wonderful places - it is not only Little Bourke St and its neighbouring laneways that has great food.
So we have Dumplings Plus, in the recently built Emporium building in the heart of the CBD.
Set in the lower food court of the building, Dumplings Plus may be a couple of blocks away from Chinatown but brings that great lunchtime atmosphere on offer in Little Bourke St of sitting amidst a crowd of fellow Melburnians all seeking out a quite bite to eat.
In turn, the menu is diverse and plentiful with a broad variety of stir fries, stews, and rice dishes to complement the main draw of dumplings.
As for the food itself, Dumplings Plus scores solid points for generous proportions, served hot, and also for the fresh taste present throughout all its ingredients. It is the sort of place many regulars would surely be happy to become regulars at, given the diversity of its menu and the quality of its offerings.
Simple, straightforward, and surely a beloved venue for shoppers who have spent a few hours walking the halls of the Emporium.
For those who do the same and suddenly become very keen for some affordable food that a packet of chips just won't satisfy, Dumplings Plus is well worth a stop by.