[ADVERT]Located on Elizabeth St and Flinders Lane, North East Family House has a quiet, familial vibe to it. It's far enough away from the boozy dumpling houses that it doesn't need to compete at their cut throat prices or their ridiculously fast waiting times that leave you wondering whether the dumplings have actually touched the frying pan.
Food here takes longer than the other quick Asian restaurants and costs more, but also tastes better. Our first port of call was ordering dumplings. The vegetarian dumplings are a great option, and for $9 you are given a serving of generous looking dumplings. The pork and celery dumplings are also a good choice.
For mains other than dumplings, the menu is well balanced and is aimed at customers who are happy to sit down and relax, rather than eat on the go. The fried rice and black pepper beef were decent, but the person who caked our salt and pepper squid went a bit overboard.
There is even something called "Fried Milk" that costs $15. I'm close to a 100% sure that something was lost in translation, but part of me would really like it if they came out with a cup of slightly charred milk.
They also have mistranslated Chinese phrases that end up being hilariously puzzling. Unfortunately it seems like someone put a lot of faith in Google translate.
One thing to keep in mind though is that word on the street is this restaurant occasionally has very long waiting times. One of our plates of dumplings took twenty minutes to arrive, which is a pretty long wait for dumplings. I have heard of even longer waiting times as well from friends.
The customer service here is also on par with most cheap Asian restaurants; that is to say, it isn't great, but it's kind of what you expect when you enter.
It all comes down to what you are looking for in food. If you are looking for quick food then North East Family Dumpling House probably isn't for you. But if you are looking for a place to sit with friends, try some good Asian food, and not check the time every twenty seconds, then think about giving this joint a spin one Saturday night.