If you have eaten enough dumplings you'll appreciate the difference between the perfectly steamed or fried dumpling and the poorly executed variety. We like to think we've got a pretty good taste for the real deal and after consuming more than our fair share we reckon these are the best places in Auckland to get your dumpling fix. Seriously, try them all…
Xuxu Dumpling Bar
Xuxu Dumpling Bar is a small, cozy eatery and bar located in the Britomart precinct, Auckland’s oldest commercial district. It is a great place to go for delicate handmade dumplings, boutique and unusual wines, local beers and ciders, and unique seasonal cocktails. All of their items are made from high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients. It is available for private events and owned and operated by Comensa. They are open Tuesday through Saturday.
The dining room is authentic and casual, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the service is friendly. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. The dumplings are served as six pieces in a basket and can be boiled, steamed, or pan-fried. The duck dumplings are highly recommended. For dessert, try the Banoffee dumplings with salted caramel and banana or the steamed chocolate buns.
- Award-winning food and drinks
- Authentic and cozy dining room
- Great location
- Signature cocktails
The best dumplings I ever had so far..Worth every single penny, Awesome ambience and service.Chavali
Eden Noodles Cafe
Opened in 2006, Eden Noodles CAFÉ is a small, bustling Sichuan restaurant in Mount Eden that serves dumplings, noodles, snacks, and much more. It is the place to go for epic Chinese food, hearty noodles, and some of the best dumplings in Auckland. The atmosphere is humble, welcoming, and inclusive, the staff is friendly, and the décor is simple. The prices are affordable, and the flavors are amazing. They are open Tuesday through Saturday.
They have won Albert-Eden Business Awards and been listed in the top ten on Metro cheap eats for many years. The menu is extensive and includes a variety of noodles, side dishes, soups, rice dishes, pita bread dishes, desserts, and hot pot. The handmade dumplings are spicy and delicious. They can be ordered as five, 10, or 15 pieces with pork, chicken, or vegetarian fillings. They are great served in soup or in spicy sauce. The beef noodle soup is also highly recommended.
- Sichuan Restaurant in Mount Eden
- Always busy
- Some of the best dumplings in Auckland
- Good prices
Love love love!! Spicy, moreish, divine. The best Sichuan food in Auckland! Dumplings in spicy sauce are sublime. Perfectly slick with chili oil!! The noodles are fabulous.Jeanette
New Flavour Restaurant
Located in the heart of Auckland city, New Flavour Restaurant is known for its iconic dumplings and a broad selection of authentic Chinese dishes. It is great for family dinners or nights out with friends. Ranked in the city’s top four dumpling restaurants, it specializes in food from northern China. The service is great, the portions are generous, and the prices are affordable. They get very busy on the weekends and serve until 4 am. They are closed on Tuesday.
They are vegetarian-friendly, and the food is always fresh. Their main dishes are tasty and interesting. Some of the highlights are their pork and coriander dumplings, bok choy with garlic, pork and green beans with brown sauce, and Chinese broccoli and noodle soup. Their dumplings come steamed, fried, or served in soup. The service is friendly and efficient.
- Selection of authentic Chinese dishes
- Ranked in city’s top four dumpling eateries
- Clean, modern décor
- Good portion size
I have been to New Flavour a few times and always, always had a delicious meal. It’s our go to restaurant now.Heather
The Blue Breeze Inn
Chef Che Barrington prepares modern Asian fusion food at the Blue Breeze Inn. In 2011, he opened MooChowChow, the first modern Thai restaurant in Auckland. At the Blue Breeze Inn, the specialties are dumplings and flaming woks. You can watch the Chinese-trained dumpling chefs in action as they deftly prepare the dumplings. This is a great place for group bookings, birthday dinners, and exclusive dining booths for eight to 10 people. The service is great, and the ambiance is enjoyable. They are open for lunch, dinner, and late at night.
The rum jungle serves cocktails, handcrafted beer, and wine. Coconut Sundays feature all-day dumplings and Peking duck prepared in a special roasting oven. Small and large dishes are designed for sharing. Some highlights are bang bang chili chicken, duck and prawn dumplings, and pork buns. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.
- Modern Asian food
- Chinese-trained dumpling chefs
- Outside seating
- Dumplings are the highlight
Food was amazing!! The manager was nice enough to let us move to an out door table, only let down was the service. Our waiter person didn't really check up on us during ours meals, drinks were low that we didn't even manage to get a second round in and no top ups on water either. No complaints on the food though, happy to come back again.Alen
Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle
With four locations, Shaolin Kung Fu is an authentic Chinese restaurant that specializes in hand-pulled noodles and pan-fried dumplings. The food is tasty and affordable, and the portions are enormous. The noodle dishes can be very hot so beware. The service is quick but somewhat formal. They are open for lunch and dinner.
Some of the highlights on the menu are meilan beef, lamb kebabs, Xinjiang lamb fried noodles, golden fried chicken wings, chicken cashew, and lamb fried noodles. They offer lamb, beef, chicken, and seafood dumplings, soups, vegetable and tofu dishes, and homemade drinks. The noodle soup and wonton soup are delicious.
- Hand-pulled noodles
- Massive portions
- Pan-fried dumplings
- Great soups and homemade drinks
Delicious food, very good sizing portions , great price, friendly staff!Lidiane
Established in 1975 by Mama (Pauline) Kan, Pearl Garden in Newmarket offers authentic Chinese fare including a variety of dumplings, wok specialties, and dim sum. Pauline started it as a small restaurant and passed it on to the next generation of Kans. They continue to use authentic recipes, wholesome food, and fresh ingredients. Voted best Chinese restaurant by Metro magazine, this traditionally decorated restaurant has been in business for over 45 years. It is open for lunch and dinner.
They offer an a la carte menu, a variety of dim sum, and warm desserts. The service is wonderful, and outdoor seating is available in an enclosed patio. The menu includes rice dishes, fried noodles, soup noodles, congee, and tapas. Some specialties are steamed dumplings, custard buns, beef tendons, sesame balls, and spinach and prawn dumplings.
- Voted best Chinese restaurant by Metro magazine
- Traditionally decorated
- Semi-outdoor seating in the enclosed patio
- Variety of dim sum
Amazing food. Delightful ambiance. The staff are so lovely.Tasya
White and Wong’s
White and Wong’s is an Asian fusion restaurant that serves classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand. The food is made from scratch under the direction of head chef Brian Choi. The staff is friendly and the rooftop bar and views of SkyCity and the harbor are fantastic. It has a nice ambiance and serves lunch, dinner, and drinks.
The main menu includes bites, dumplings, buns, soups, starters, bbq, curries, desserts, and more. Some of their specialties are bang bang chicken, bbq pork buns, Peking duck, and crispy chicken and pork dumplings. There is also a banquet menu and a drinks menu with a wide selection of "woktails," beer, cider, and wine.
- East meets west cuisine
- Asian fusion
- Eclectic menu
- Good view of Skycity and harbor
Very enjoyable afternoon in a great location and the food was very good. Will definitely go back.Anne
The Rolling Pin
Established in 2016, the Rolling Pin is a food truck that serves handmade dumplings, colorful crunchy Asian slaw, and homemade chili sauce. They cater to the lunch crowd, weddings, special events, and private functions. Their soft, delicate dumplings are made from carefully selected ingredients using traditional methods. They use recyclable and compostable packaging, offer vegan options, and cater to special dietary needs.
Gordon, the chief dumpling chef, has many years of experience and worked in a five-star restaurant. The service is efficient and friendly, and the portions are generous. They have a 5 out of 5 rating and offer catering for large and small events.
- Delicious, handmade dumplings at lunch or events
- Food truck
- Colorful crunchy Asian slaw
- Recyclable and compostable packaging
The best dumplings in town – every time! pork bao is awesome too! thank you.John
The Gyoza Bar
The Gyoza Bar is a small and cozy restaurant that specializes in Gyozas and Japanese whiskies. Gyozas are small Japanese dumplings filled with meats and vegetables. They can be boiled, steamed, or fried and are served with dipping sauce. Their thinner skin makes them great for frying, and they are crispier and fluffier than Chinese dumplings. These are some of the best dumplings you can find in Auckland.
The fillings are prepared fresh daily and wrapped just before serving. Their secret recipe gives the dumplings an elastic texture. Other highlights on the menu include bowls, tapas, wonton, crab cream croquettes, and chicken katsu. They offer more than 35 different whiskies from small boutique distillers, chef’s specials, sake cocktails, and tap beer. The staff is attentive. Warm, and welcoming.
- Gyozas, bowls, vegetables, tapas
- More than 35 different whiskies
- Snacks, tapas
- Value and quality
The ambience, Yoshi our waitress, the karaage chicken, Asahi and gyoza are all awesome and worth going back for over and over again.Annette
Hello Beasty is an Asian fusion restaurant with a great vibe. Created by Stuart Rogan, who began cooking at the age of 15, the cuisine leans toward the Korean side of Asian food and features complex flavors. The food is fresh and the service is friendly. The venue is casual and it has a great atmosphere. They serve lunch and dinner.
The menu, designed for sharing, offers snacks, potstickers, buns, small plates, bigger plates, and desserts. Specialties include Korean fried cauliflower, soft shell crab, chicken with red dragon sauce, and sticky beef cheek buns. Not your standard dumplings, the potstickers are made with unique flavors and textures.
- Asian fusion
- Complex flavors, lean towards Korean side of Asian cuisine
- Menu designed for sharing
- Casual venue
Great food, great service. Had the set menu and it was well balanced and every course was on point. Pork belly dish and lamb shoulder curry were excellent but so was everything else, even the sashimi had a tasty twist with a different topping for each type.Rachel