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Taste Dumpling Restaurant

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by Cora Hodges (subscribe)
Freelance Law student in Melbourne.
Published August 9th 2011
Taste Dumpling Restaurant in Burwood East, is one of those restaurants that appears to cater only for the Asian/Chinese population, as is evident by the ninety-nine percent Asian customers that are patronising the place on any given day. This is also evident by the miss-spelled name on the front of the building.

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If the name on the building does not deter you, then venturing inside might. While giving the impression of a luxurious restaurant, too many tables and chairs jammed into the limited space creates problems for customers and wait staff alike, as they try to navigate their way around the room.

The menu itself is also an issue, giving the impression that it was written by someone with limited English skills, and hadn't been proof read. Furthermore, the names of the dishes are misleading, giving an indication yet again that limited English was used to write the menu, and the writer used the words that was known to them, rather than what was accurate. So don't expect to be presented with what you thought you were ordering.

The food itself could be considered to be of sub-standard quality. However, the prices themselves match the quality provided, and are quite cheap.

The wait staff are, yet again, limited in the knowledge of English, and so as a result, non-speaking Chinese customers have difficulty when doing anything but requesting a dish number. In particular, trying to determine what exact ingredients are in a dish in order to accommodate an allergy, is almost beyond human patience and tolerance.

Furthermore, the wait staff don't have the basic knowledge of serving, in particular, knowing to bring out all meals for a table at once. Instead, they bring out one dish, wait for it to be finished, and then bring the next one.

Thus, while the prices of the restaurant may be enticing to those on limited budgets, the difficulties involved in the actual ordering-eating process are a big deterrence.

Take my advice, go somewhere else.
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Why? If you want to go to one of the worst Chinese restaurants in Melbourne, then go here - otherwise, go somewhere else.
When: Lunch and dinner - Monday to Saturday
Where: 1-251 Burwood Highway, Burwood East, VIC
Cost: Cheap
Thats harsh. All you complain about is their lack of proficiency in English. I speak english to them and they seemed to understand. Maybe you had the wrong waiter. Most of them can speak understandable english. Though obviously not the best, but sufficient enough to answer my questions about the food. The food is tasty. Spicy chicken ribs, dumplings, Pork belly on rice, Fried chicken on rice, tom yum soup, braised beef, and sizzling mongolian beef are some of the best. Big portions, tasty and cheap - ideal for students like me after a class at Deakin.

Turn the tables now and look in another perspective. What about the Chinese who go into our western restaurants? Our mandarin knowledge is far worse than their english. So cut them some slack.

Tip: Go with a Chinese friend to a Chinese eatery and learn their dishes, so u more or less know what to expect in any Chinese restaurant the next time.
By Anonymous
Saturday, 5th of May @ 07:26 am
I and my husband (Cantonese speaking -so little use here) have ordered many a time with no problem. I wanted the "pettitoes" dish thinking it was misspelled for "potatoes" only to have my mother in law inform me that is a Chinese word for which there is no dining translation. I think your judgement is misplaced.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 12th of June @ 09:21 am
Have you ever been to Asia? Or eaten with an Asian family? Or at any other Asian restaurant, for that matter? Nowhere in the world will you find an Asian restaurant that brings all your dishes out at the same time. That's just the way the Asian population eats their meals.
On that note, you're also not going to find an Asian restaurant that waits on you hand and foot. The staff don't have that much time, and frankly, regular customers prefer it that way. I suppose though, as a law student, of course you would never think about how there isn't just one way to do business. Maybe you should take a cultural education class for an elective.
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 25th of July @ 07:31 am
Taste Dumplings is a suburban dumpling restaurant that caters mainly to local international students. The food is tasty (and seems reasonably home-cooked), the portions are huge and the price is cheap. It's true the staff don't all have a firm grasp of English, but they are friendly and understand enough to order a dish. I suspect, for some of them, it's their first job in Australia so cut them a little bit of slack.

What is the point of publishing such a scathing review on a website that tells people what to do on the weekend?
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 10th of October @ 05:03 am
I am a chinese Indonesian (so I don't speak Mandarin/Chinese) and my husband is caucasian Aussie. We both love the food here, portion is huge and price is cheap. great for our fussy eater daughter (no need to order additional food for her, she shares what we order). The staff are all "efficient". it would be great if they smile a lot etc, but can't expect that from their "perhaps crappy salary". We go there for the food, not for the service, and we are very much happy. great food that makes our tummies full tongues licking satisfyingly, and bill that does not make a hole in our wallet. We always going out smiling, so no need for us to see the staff smiling :D
By Corina - reader
Tuesday, 17th of June @ 06:26 am
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