As with many on-street parking spaces, availability is limited and hugely dependent on how busy the area is at that time of day. On a Saturday afternoon, it was easy enough for me to find one close to the restaurant. $2.80/hour paid at the meter - however, you are exempt from a parking fee if you have a handicap permit displaying on your windscreen.
The interior of Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle clean and modern, with a red feature wall upon which various photographs of menu items are displayed. A large Chinese character, prosperity, is stuck to the front of the counter - under a fortune cat. Walking into this eatery has probably already made me a little bit luckier.
The owner was not at the front counter so I wandered into the corridor leading to the kitchen and saw a lady making dumplings in a small room. All dumplings are hand made on site so you can be assured that yours is not of the frozen variety.
A glossy menu with a beautiful hardcover was set before me and the selection was vast. Hungry and in a bit of a hurry, I chose a plate of fifteen steamed Peking pork dumplings and a corn and chicken soup, costing $9.80 and $5.80 respectively.
The restaurant has a $12 EFTPOS minimum and a BYO certificate.
If you were not craving for dumplings, other menu options include rice, noodles, and other chef-prepared dishes to be shared.
Peking pork dumplings are a standard in every dumpling restaurant and this place was no different - it is the one dish that lets their customers know if they have got the goods or not. This particular plate of dumplings contained a twist I had not anticipated; the meat and cabbage filling also included some sort of herb. It was not pungent but kept me trying to figure out what it was as I had not encountered it before in any other dumpling shop.