I had a yearning for pan-fried dumplings and found favourable budgetary reviews about the Polaris Dumpling Kitchen. At 6 o'clock on Monday night we were the only ones in the restaurant, but by the time we left only one hour later, the restaurant was totally full.
Apart from the very fast service, the food was excellent. I don't think you could beat it for value for money. The serving sizes were extraordinarily big and the prices quite low. For five of us the total cost was only $60 and we had two containers of leftovers to take home.
On arrival a thermos with steaming hot Chinese tea was presented to us and we were greeted with a very extensive menu including dumplings, soups, entrees, main meals and desserts. To give you an idea of the prices fifteen pan-fried dumplings were only $9.90. There were rice and noodle dishes around $10 and many entrees for $6. Eight fried wontons or four pork spring rolls were as cheap as $6. Desserts were only $5 and the Szechuan beef (one of the most expensive menu items) was $20.90.
I would never normally order salt and pepper calamari because I'm always disappointed when seafood is not good enough. However my son ordered it and this was the favourite of the night for me. It was lightly battered and deep-fried served with spring onions.
Our usual pick is lemon chicken. It was the favourite for one of my sons who said 'I can't believe they gave us a whole chicken!' Another son said his favourite was the noodle dish and my daughter loved the dumplings. So according to our family each of the dishes was the best, so I guess it comes down to personal taste when presented with a range of quality food.
Salt and pepper calamari. pan-fried dumplings and pork and vegetable noodles
For those looking for this cafe you need to go around the back of the shops towards Woolworths and you'll see its red lanterns prominently featured.
I will definitely be returning to the Polaris Dumpling Kitchen. I know that I will try the salt-and-pepper calamari again and will be a bit more adventurous …perhaps. A tip for fellow diners - I suggest ordering lightly as the service is so fast you could top up if you need to. From our experience we needed only three main dishes instead of four for the five of us. Enjoy.
and this is what I came for ... the pan-fried dumplings