Best Dumplings in Melbourne for a Steamy Food Fix
Fried, crispy, steamed or soupy - here's where you'll find the best dumplings in Melbourne.
We're a long way from the street stalls of Shanghai and tea halls of Hong Kong, yet dumplings have become as much a part of Melbourne’s food DNA as pasta, flat whites and smashed avo-on-toast. What we love about them is their infinite variety – they’re equally delicious steamed, fried, boiled or swimming in a cold-busting soup.
Whether you prefer formal and fancy or BYO at a simple hole-in-the-wall diner, we’ve handpicked the very best dumpling restaurants in Melbourne for your next Friday night dinner date.
In true Collingwood style, Chotto Motto’s presence is felt long before your food hits the table. Rocking some serious curb appeal, its standout building on Wellington Street oozes retro charm. Specialising in Japanese gyoza, these parcels of pan-fried perfection are made daily. Supercharge your plate and pick your dipping sauce – the Yuzu Ponzu is a must!
287 Wellington St, Collingwood
While you've probably heard about this CBD foodie hotspot's infamous New England Lobster roll, what you may not know is that their dumplings are equally as epic. Asian fusion at finest, you can expect the perfect dough to filling ratio here. For a classic combo, their prawn and chicken dumplings served with a punchy chilli & vinegar sauce will tantalise every tastebud.
180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
This Taiwanese chain is famed for their xiaolongbao – delicate dumplings in a paper-thin case, with a hot burst of steaming, flavourful soup. They’re made by mixing the pork filling with gelatinised stock, so that when steamed, the inside releases a wonderfully fragrant broth. Approach with caution though, as these pockets of gold have burnt many unsuspecting tongues.
Emporium, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Is there anyone you’d trust to make delicious dumplings more than mama? This cheerful diner’s namesake hails from a fishing village in China, so it’s fitting that their fragrant mackerel, ginger and chive dumplings are the stuff of legend. They’re known for veering from stock-standard fillings, offering lamb, calamari and even a vegan number with zucchini, tofu and wood ear mushrooms.
Mid City, 7/200 Bourke St, Melbourne
You’ve been here for the collection of 100 vodkas, now come back for the pierogi, which are pan-fried Polish dumplings filled with ingredients like porcini mushroom and sauerkraut or cheese and potato, fried with sour cream, beetroot and caramelised onion. Knock back a plate or two with a glass of Piasecki quince and you’re in Eastern European heaven.
173 Chapel St, Windsor
There seems to be a Shanghai Street on every second block these days, but here’s a secret: the pint-sized branch on Little Bourke is still the best. Every item on the menu’s a winner, but you can’t go wrong with classic pan-fried pork and chive dumplings. Golden and crispy on the bottom but perilously juicy inside, they’re a prime target for those snaking lunch hour queues.
342 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
When you’re not just after a quick plate to smash and go, head to Hutong in the heart of Chinatown. The best seats in the house are in front of the glass-walled kitchen, where you can watch on as chefs skillfully fold pork wontons, prawn crystal dumplings and fluffy buns filled with veg. With so much variety on offer, you’ll want to settle in for the long haul – good thing they do BYO.
14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne
Here you’ll find what’s a rare commodity at most dumpling joints – a light, airy dining space and elbow room, to be specific. These luxuries don’t mean the food isn’t legit though. Roll up with a crowd for their all-you-can-eat yum cha sessions, where bottomless crispy prawn wontons, soupy xiao long bao and even peking duck dumplings call your name.
4 Cecil Pl, Prahran
At this buzzy bar and diner, you can get all your Japanese faves, from sushi and tempura to yakitori and don. Whatever you do, start with a plate of piping hot gyoza, which are pan fried until the bottoms are crunchy and stuffed with chicken, prawn (or even wagyu beef if you’re feeling fancy). Dipped in zingy ponzu sauce, they’re the perfect beer snack.
127 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Momos in Melbourne can be hard to find, but they’re worth the search if you love your dumplings plump and hearty. At this Malvern East restaurant, they lovingly fold the Nepalese specialties, filled with lamb, chicken or veg, into cute crescent moons before steaming and serving them with an addictive tomato and sesame chutney.
156 Waverley Rd, Malvern East
Noodle’s in the name but dumplings are the game at this tiny, no-frills diner. If you’re not fussed about comfy chairs or chirpy service, head to this neighbourhood darling for fast and flavourful comfort food. The eye-catching veggie dumplings deserve special mention, their wrappers dyed green with a shock of spinach juice, encasing tofu, spring onion and vermicelli.
417-419 High Street, Preston
Eaten your way through the best dumplings in Melbourne and keen to continue the foodie adventures? Work your way through our roundup of Melbourne's best Thai and Japanese restaurants for more flavourful feasts or take a trip to the Mediterranean and check out our favourite Italian and Greek joints around the city.
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