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…

Words: Eamonn Crowe

National Dumpling Day London restaurants bars pan-asian

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 – book Bright Courtyard Club now

Where: 43-45 Baker Street, W1U 8EW
How much:
Dim sum platter, £12

National Dumpling Day London restaurants bars pan-asian

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 – book Mei Ume now  

Where: 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
How much:
£6 for three pieces

National Dumpling Day London restaurants bars pan-asian

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 – book Park Chinois now

Where: 17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA
How much:
From £8.50

National Dumpling Day London restaurants bars pan-asian

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 – book Tootoomoo now

Where: 12 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA; 278 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LH; 1371 High Road, N20 9LN
How much:
From £3.50

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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 – book Ugly Dumpling now

Where: 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB
How much:
Dessert dumplings £4

National Dumpling Day London restaurants bars pan-asian

Xu, Soho

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 – book Xu now

Where: 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL
How much:
£5.25 for three pieces

For more dumpling inspiration, take a look at our pick of London’s best dim sum restaurants and our selection of the tastiest Chinese restaurants in the capital.

This article was published 26 September 2017