It’s very rare that Lynn, May-Lee and I get to check out a cheapie find together, so on the night we visited the Black Hoof we decided to squeeze in a visit to Xuxu Dumpling too. And we didn’t regret it. What a gorgeous place – and with affordable food!
We happened to turn up on a Thursday night and with the lovely decor, intimate lighting and the live jazz playing we felt like we were in New York, if only for a minute. This would be a great first date venue, if you were short on cash to impress.
We ordered the Nepali Spinach and Cabbage Momo ($7), the Prawn Har Gao ($8), the Chicken Potstickers ($7) and the Pork & Shrimp Dumplings ($7). Each serving was six dumplings and we mixed up fried and steamed.
While not the same kind of value for money as Dominion Road counterparts, you would still be full for $20 I’m sure. And we were happy to pay the extra as all ingredients are ethically-sourced; I’d be pretty certain there’s no MSG going on either. You’re also paying for the pleasure of sitting in a great space with nice decor and a fabulous vibe, rather than harsh fluorescent lighting and sterile plastic furnishings.
All the dumplings were tasty but the Prawn Har Gao would probably have been my pick. I’ve eaten a few round town and these seemed to have more prawn, and loosely packed as opposed to formed into a ball. The Nepali Momo were a nice change from more oriental styles but perhaps slightly blander than others – although it was nice to get a good dose of veggies as part of the meal. The other two were great standards, perhaps not as big and juicy as New Flavour or Barilla but as May-Lee pointed out, that might be because the meat was higher quality and therefore less fatty.
All up we enjoyed our delicious bites of dough wrapped meat, and even more so because of the fun vibe and great service. A quick note, there is only soy and chilli oil at the table so make sure you ask for vinegar if you want it. When we went they didn’t have black vinegar but whatever they had was fine and gave it that sour note I crave in a dipping sauce.
Definitely check out Xuxu for the whole package. Nice atmosphere and fun food. Perfect for a drink and some dumpling action as the weather (hopefully) improves coming into summer.