Hot in the city: Dumpling Social’s an addictive addition to Bradley St in Woden

Sophia Brady 12 October 2020 40
Dumpling Social

Dumpling Social: A brand new colourful and hip dumpling joint. Photos: Sophia Brady.

A brand new colourful and hip dumpling joint has opened in the heart of the Bradley Street foodie precinct at Westfield Woden. It joins Fenway Public House, The Bavarian, San Churro and Sushi Musa on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park that was transformed last year into Southsides’ own little eat-street.

From the outside, Dumpling Social already looks a little bit glitzier than your average dim sum restaurant. There is a dumpling window to peer through that gives a hint of the delicious morsels being prepared, and a large red neon sign giving nod to a modern Asian streetscape.

Inside is a youthful and cheerful vibe with the walls adorned with bright eclectic picture frames featuring quirky graphics. There are long clean lines of timber tables offering up a mix of seating choices, from communal tables to perching at the bar.

I arrive without a booking for a solo mid-week lunch and am quickly accommodated and shown to a table. Menus and water are promptly bought out and I am left to peruse the options. The one-page food menu offers up much more than just dumplings with a mix of modern Chinese dishes designed for sharing.

Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao.

The menu is broken up into different sections, with small plates listing Wagyu Cheeseburger Spring Rolls and Nutella Bao among the selections available. There is also a range of Social Signature dishes offering up everything from a traditional sounding Crispy Peking Duck to Roasted Lamb.

The promise of dumplings is what I am here for, though. Done well, dumplings are quite simply good things in small packages. The little doughy parcels can deliver happiness and flavour all in one bite. I place my order in anticipation of dumpling nirvana.

Of the eight varieties available, I try three washed down with a Rose Green Tea.

First up is the Spicy Pork & Prawn Wonton. The 10 pieces arrive glistening floating in the signature spicy sauce. I am instructed by the staff to eat these with a spoon, ensuring I scoop up the sauce with the wonton. Their instructions and the dish are spot on and a delightful introduction to the abilities of the Dumpling Social kitchen.

Spicy Pork & Prawn Wonton

Spicy Pork & Prawn Wonton, the 10 pieces arrive glistening floating in the signature spicy sauce.

Then a bamboo steamer hits the table bearing Xiao Long Bao, the acclaimed and highly addictive delicate pork dumplings with soup inside. These are smaller than I am used to and, unfortunately, my chopstick skills let me down as I manage to pierce the skin and release the soup before it hits my mouth. It is still good though dunked into the vinegar sauce and has me vowing to improve my skills and return for a second attempt.

Lastly, an intriguing radiant small bowl of Chicken & Curry Siu Mai arrives. These hearty morsels of chicken wrapped in wonton skin swimming in an aromatic curry soup leave me wanting to lick the plate clean. It is very spicy and an unusual flavour combination that I never knew I needed in my life but now crave daily. Given the proximity to where I live, I can see popping in for a quick lunch-time or dinner meal becoming a fun and deliciously contagious addition to my routine.

Chicken & Curry Siu Mai

Chicken & Curry Siu Mai.

Dumpling Social is located on Bradley St, Woden and is open seven days a week from 11:00 am.


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40 Responses to Hot in the city: Dumpling Social’s an addictive addition to Bradley St in Woden
Bronwyn Leitner Bronwyn Leitner 2:14 pm 16 Oct 20

Looks wonderful!

Gemma Kim Sy Gemma Kim Sy 10:46 am 16 Oct 20

Ben Lyons it’s near where we’re staying

Hayley Louise Hayman Hayley Louise Hayman 10:20 pm 15 Oct 20

Lisa well hello there

Julia McKay-williams Julia McKay-williams 8:17 pm 15 Oct 20

Chloe Frost Christmas holidays dinner!

Stacey Jackson Stacey Jackson 3:54 pm 15 Oct 20

Erin Tingey we need to go here

Cameron Bell Cameron Bell 11:07 am 15 Oct 20

Ali Bell Friday night?

Kara Poole Kara Poole 4:09 pm 14 Oct 20

Jon Peach dumplings 😋

Ingrid Rachel Ingrid Rachel 7:15 am 14 Oct 20

Imogen McGrath Tiana Esma dumpling date?

Jess Girvan Jess Girvan 7:40 pm 13 Oct 20

Sarah Guttler road test please.

Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 7:29 pm 13 Oct 20

Sindy Tang Ploy Budsarin Traidecha This could tempt me to go into the office one day...

    Ploy Budsarin Traidecha Ploy Budsarin Traidecha 7:35 pm 13 Oct 20

    Lin I’ve been there a few times and I really like their food!

    Ploy Budsarin Traidecha Ploy Budsarin Traidecha 7:38 pm 13 Oct 20

    Lin, Sindy so yeah we could do lunch one day!

    Sindy Tang Sindy Tang 8:56 pm 13 Oct 20

    Ploy Budsarin Traidecha yeah, sounds good to me

Lee Patrech Lee Patrech 7:24 pm 13 Oct 20

Quinny DN - I can’t bring myself to go here now!

Louise Morosi Louise Morosi 6:59 pm 13 Oct 20

Sonia Halsvik, next girls night??

Mick Smith Mick Smith 6:34 pm 13 Oct 20

Justine let's check it out.

Ashley Filmer Ashley Filmer 4:32 pm 13 Oct 20

Shelley Yin can we go?!

    Shelley Yin Shelley Yin 4:49 pm 13 Oct 20

    Ashley Filmer omg YASS, Jeremy and I went a few weeks ago and the food is amazing!! 😍

Daniel Everett Daniel Everett 1:40 pm 13 Oct 20

Erin Everett your shout

Tracey Murray Tracey Murray 8:13 am 13 Oct 20

Best. Dumplings. Ever. I go there a lot! 🤣🤣🤣

Sarah Roarty Sarah Roarty 7:46 am 13 Oct 20

Great review! I’m desperate for these dumplings now 🥰

Di Alsford Di Alsford 6:30 am 13 Oct 20

Thom Gustav Eriksson Jane Paige can we please go here in a few weekends time?

    Thom Gustav Eriksson Thom Gustav Eriksson 7:15 am 13 Oct 20

    Di Alsford lets come up with a date!! Yumo

Lauren Carter Lauren Carter 6:27 am 13 Oct 20

Jacob Rolfe we must go! 🤤

Debra Tighe Debra Tighe 1:55 am 13 Oct 20

I went there last Sunday. Very tasty food, I would highly recommend

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