A pop-up bar that satisfies your evening dumpling cravings
Work in Progress is a fun little pop-up bar with an Asian theme. It's part of Merivale's collection of restaurants and bars, sprouting up in King Street earlier this year. It's a bit quirky (in a good way), and the dim sum is unique but genuine.
The walls of the bar are covered with a frenetic collage of posters, graffiti, and curious stencil pop art, all splayed across the exposed red brickwork. There is an array of small, spindly round tables in the front area of the bar (good for groups of around four), with larger high tables further in. Our group of six was seated in a side room on a low table with a squashy, well-loved couch. As a nice little touch, disposable chopsticks sat on the table in an empty lychee can alongside the ubiquitous soy sauce and vinegar containers.
The menu featured some small twists on the classic dim sum that you can get at yum cha restaurants - nothing too adventurous, which suited us just fine. The price runs a bit high compared to yum cha, but it's worth it for the variety and the ambience.
As an added bonus, Work in Progress gets what many other bars get wrong - the music volume is not too loud, and not too quiet! You don't have to shout your conversations, and the groovy tunes set a comfortable, laid-back mood.