Chopsticks at the ready, as it’s National Dumpling Day. There are plenty of great dumplings on offer in London, so use our handy guide to seek them out and book a table with SquareMeal today. Here’s where to chow down in the capital…
Bright Courtyard Club, Marylebone
What: Aiming to emulate the Shanghai original, this huge, high-gloss outpost of Bright Courtyard Club comes complete with more than 60 tasty dumpling options, from Sichuan chicken dumplings to prawn and garlic rolls and minced beef balls.
Where: 43-45 Baker Street, W1U 8EW
How much: Dim sum platter, £12
Mei Ume at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, City
What: This high-end Asian spot at the City’s Four Seasons manages to pull off serving a menu of both Japanese and Chinese dishes, with steamed or pan-fried dumplings available, stuffed with, among other delights, duck or vegetables.
Where: 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
How much: £6 for three pieces
Park Chinois, Mayfair
What: This opulent Mayfair Chinese is modelled on a 1930s Shanghai speakeasy and doesn’t come cheap. However, we reckon the fantastic dumplings are worth indulging in, with options ranging from a summer truffle variety to fillings of scallops and vegetables.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA
How much: From £8.50
Royal China Queensway, Paddington
What: West London's premier dim-sum haunt features a gold-leaf ceiling and glossy black panelling overlaid with hand-painted Chinese art, showing off a menu as traditional as its interiors. Dumpling wise, you can enjoy all varieties, from prawn, to crab, to pork.
Where: 13 Queensway, Paddington, W2 4QJ
How much: Dumplings from £4.60
Tootoomoo Crouch End, Islington and Whetstone
What: Boasting a please-all menu of Pan-Asian favourites, this stable of restaurants has a dumpling offering that will have you licking your lips. Choose from shiu mai pork, har gau prawn, or soup varieties.
Where: 12 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA; 278 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LH; 1371 High Road, N20 9LN
How much: From £3.50
Ugly Dumpling, Soho
What: Diners practically sit on each other’s laps at this tiny dumpling den, but it’s worth going for the dessert dumplings alone. On our visit, we took a shine to the sweet-as-can-be matcha tea and white chocolate variety, but there’s also a blueberry option which comes smothered in crème fraiche.
Where: 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB
How much: Dessert dumplings £4
What: On the edge of Chinatown, this moody restaurant from the team behind Bao brings attention to Taiwanese cuisine. Its dumpling offering includes fillings of Taiwanese sausage or sweet potato.
Where: 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL
How much: £5.25 for three pieces
Yauatcha, City and Soho
What: Ultra-cool Yauatcha still impresses Londoners, despite being around for a few years now. Among the pitch-perfect menu of Asian fare, you’ll find the signature venison puff, alongside dumplings filled with either chicken or vegetables.
Where: Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS; 15-17 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL
How much: Dumplings from £8