Luckily for us one of the best dumpling restaurants around is only a 20 minute walk form where we live and an ideal place to go with a group of people.
Dumplings come in portions of 10.
However we always go for the dumplings. This restaurant is typical Chinese in that guests sit at large round tables with a lazy susan in the centre. Food in place in the middle and everyone shares from the dishes. You are give your crockery wrapped in plastic and the children always enjoy piercing it with the chop sticks to get it open. Everyone will be given a small plate, a small bowl, a small cup and a small glass plus chopsticks.
This particular restaurant is huge and spread over several floors with nice private rooms. Private rooms are also very popular here, they do not cost extra and can be nice if you're out celebrating and don't want to sit in a crowded dining room.
I have eaten in a private room here, on the balcony and in the main dining room, all tables were equally nice.
The decor although a little tired in places is very interesting and colourful, and creates a nice atmosphere.
Chicken Kungpo, a little too spicy for me but everyone else enjoyed it. This restaurant does not serve rice so these dishes are just eaten as is.
Of course the main reason people come here is for the dumplings. And yes, they are worth it. Unfortunately they don't serve fried dumplings, only steamed. But they are delicious.
And the best bit is that it is so reasonably priced. Our last meal here was: dinner for 7 with plenty of leftovers to stock the fridge for 348 RMB.(approx. 35GBP) What a bargain!