This place is very new and hard to find for the uninitiated. It’s located just behind PappaRich (also fairly new) in the part of the Canberra Centre that people usually only pass if they happen to use the outside open-air carpark at the north-eastern end of the centre.
That said, it’s definitely worth a try. Although my colleague and I did blow our usual ($15 per main) budget, it wasn’t by much, and it was only because we got a bit greedy. You can easily keep yourself to a small budget at this place and enjoy fresh dumplings. They also serve water at the tables so you don’t need to buy a soft drink like we did.
For entrée we decided to grab some spring rolls, which looked very unusual but were very tasty. They are coated with angle-hair pastry, instead of the usual sheet pastry and this makes a novel difference.
We also highly recommend the “combination dumpling” & “mixture dumpling” dishes. They are exactly what their names suggest and the supply was more than enough to share between 2!
Overall, we were very impressed. If you feel like you need some education and entertainment either before or after your meal, there were a few people standing at the very large street-side window that allows you to watch the dumpling masters in the kitchen. It’s better than reality television, which everyone knows, is not really much like reality after all.
Dumpling House gets 3 #Canberra Beanies.