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4.4 /6 Very Good 77 Reviews

I Love Dumplings - Flemington 297

Flemington Chinese $$$ +100
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About I Love Dumplings - Flemington 297

Melbourne diners know what they like when they go out for a feed, and they can tell the difference between authentic fare and an imitation from a mile away. We’re talking Chinese food here, and Melburnians appreciate that the real deal is hard to come by – when they find it, they stick by it – we can assure you that at I Love Dumplings, they’ve found it. The food served up at this Racecourse Road joint in Kensington, close to Flemington Racecourse, is all that one could want from a dumpling shop and more: so book a table now and trot on down.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
I Love Dumplings - Flemington 297, Racecourse Road 297, 3031 Flemington

Further Information

Right in the centre of Kensington, just a few furlongs from the Flemington Racecourse, and a short gallop from Newmarket and Flemington Bridge train stations, there is a Chinese restaurant that can offer a nosebag fit for a champion. I Love Dumplings may not be the biggest stallion in the field, but what they lack in size they make up for in flavour: a lot like their titular specialities, actually. The dumplings are dished up in fields of 6 or 15, and you can fill a sweepstake with the breadth of fillings and cooking styles on offer

The runners and riders on the menu at this Melbourne Cup favourite are a diverse bunch. Fried and steamed, filled with meat, seafood or simply vegetables, I love Dumplings are lengths ahead of the rest of the Chinese restaurant field, and if you jump down to Racecourse Road in Kensington, you’re sure for a great feed. We’d bet the house on it. Stake your claim for a table now.


77 Reviews

4.4 /6 Very Good 77 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: average
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
21.07.2017 16:12

Very good service and good food. Will come back soon with friends. The pan fried pork dumplings with sichuan sauce is my recommendation. a a

1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 08:17

Thanks for the great dumplings- plump, full, tasty morsels...yummmmm. Great value for money! A local fav. Highly recommend. We will return with friends. Nice mid week meal.

1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 16:22

Really great service and wonderful food. Reasonably priced. Very quick service and food comes out very quickly but doesn't feel rushed. Love this place. Thank you

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 09:17

I love dumplings offered a great overall dumplings experience for the dumplings enthusiast. Would return again to eat dumplings in large proportions while drinking BYO wine.

3 reviews so far 4
09.06.2016 08:59

I dined here with my family a few weeks ago and my experience was different this time. The same fried eggplant dish tasted different -not as good - from the 1st visit. This time it was not as crunchy and tasty as I had it the first time. The waitresses were also not as friendly and helpful as they were on the first visit, despite the fact that it wasn't as busy this time as compared to the last time we went. We wondered about consistency of food quality?

1 review so far 4
10.02.2016 08:08

It took half an hour for our drinks order to arrive (unfortunately that is not an exaggeration). The food was very quick to arrive so I cant complain about that but we asked 3 different waiters for our drinks and only when I went up to the bar to get the drinks myself did they then bring it over to the table so that was unacceptable. Been there before and the service is usually good so maybe this was just a one off.

1 review so far 5
02.01.2016 10:24

Great food, and great sized portions for a very reasonable price - great value for money. Generally fast service, but a bit of a wait during busy times for anything you decide to order after the initial order, but not waiting ages. Tip: It's generally safer to book in advance as, even though they've moved to larger premises, it still gets busy.

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 09:37

Fantastic food and great service. Loved the dumplings, spring rolls, salt and pepper calamari but the chicken schnitzel cut into strips with mayo drizzled over the top was the biggest winner with our littlest food critics... ages 1, 3, 3 and 7. Everyone enjoyed the meal on Father's Day.

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 16:23

Took a group of 15 family friends, most of whom had never eaten dumplings before last night and we weren't left disappointed by either the service or the cost. Efficient turnaround of food ensured we waddled out full to the brim at only $20 a head!

1 review so far 5
15.08.2016 09:04

Very attentive and helpful staff. Food was delicious and the bill at the end also made us happy. There had been a delay with half of our order which was annoying at the time but the rest of the experience was so good that it didn't matter in the end. :-)

1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 10:19

I have seen many reviews over the last year or so and finally checked it out. Delicious, fresh food and great value. Definitely going back for more. Just a note to the staff.... Please smile!

1 review so far 5
19.07.2016 07:48

Fantastic food and speedy service made up for the initial confusion when they were unable to find our online booking! Not a late night place - we were the last to leave as the restaurant was closing at 10pm on a Friday!

1 review so far 5
08.10.2016 18:14

Love the food here. It's amazing. Very good quality food and the best Dumplings in Melbourne. Only downfall is we ordered the chilli chicken and it had bones. This should be and the menu. But the toilets are horrible and smelly.

1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 20:30

We have been here many times until now and the quality of food is still excellent. Good work guys, keep it up. I love Dumplings is always my "go to" restaurant for quality dumplings.

1 review so far 6
12.05.2016 10:28

As always it was lightning quick service and once again I ate myself into another dumpling coma. Even when this place is bursting at the seams the food comes out fast as a shark!

1 review so far 4
02.05.2016 03:33

Good overall enjoyable experience. One negative was that we sat down for an early dinner and felt a little rushed to get in and out. Food was fairly good. Service was generally good as we had a pleasant smiley waitress... But did notice a grumpy wait staff or two though.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2016 09:18

Great service, great food, our party of 12 were well taken care of. Lots of choices , awesome value. Can't wait to go back.would be better if there was more parking around.

1 review so far 6
24.08.2016 07:43

Wether eating on or taking away I lobe dumplings is always quick, reasonably priced and extremely fresh and tasty. Love the deep fried eggplant dish as well as the vegetarian dumplings!

1 review so far 5
30.10.2016 08:55

We were with a group of 10 on Wednesday night and we shared dumplings and main dishes. All were delicious. Service was good. Wish they had a round table for large groups. They closed promptly at 10pm.

1 review so far 6
17.08.2016 08:11

The best dumplings in Melbourne by far. Book ahead because its busy (for good reason). The dumplings are cheap and the quality is great. Get the chicken and corn

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 13:07

Always delicious, fresh and inexpensive. We go at least once a fortnight and have new prawn spring rolls and the steamed chicken and prawn dumplings. My favourite dinner venue.

1 review so far 6
22.08.2016 23:33

Amazing food! Had the fried wongtons and they were fantastic. Nice opened space, friendly staff. Try them out as soon as you can! Can't wait to go back

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 11:14

A favourite place to go, always efficient and food comes out quickly. Prices are good and the food is delicious and fresh. Will be making many more visits.

1 review so far 4
13.06.2016 18:53

Food is great but need more servers as the service was very slow. We loved the dumplings as always and the pork belly was really great. Great value for money. Will continue to use but maybe more just for take away.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2016 21:44

Food was lovely, restaurant setting was nice and the staff were very attentive. Very reasonably priced too. Good food and drink selection, will be back again!! :-)

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 07:41

Amazing food!! Fast service also. Only down fall is having to sit joined to another table can't get much talking done, other then that it was amazing

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 08:19

Food at I Love Dumplings was fantastic as always. As it was a very busy night, the service wasn't that great but not a deal breaker. Definitely going back for those dumplings!

1 review so far 6
07.09.2016 14:52

It's a Perfect place for nice food which is cheap and quick service. It gets very busy but they still know how to handle their customers.

1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 21:11

A great family night out! Adults and kids loved the food, the tastes and presentation was great. The service was friendly and efficient. We'll be back.

1 review so far 6
29.07.2016 09:37

Friendly and fast service, delicious food and such reasonable prices. I would recommend to anyone to go to I Love Dumplings!!! It's my favourite in Melbourne.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 09:31

I Love Dumplings is always a great place to eat. The value for money is great, they have lots of choice, and it's perfect for groups.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 11:40

Had a wonderful dinner with friends. The food was excellent. Highly recommend it to anyone. Good value for money. Try it you won't be dissapointed

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 23:41

Great food, decent share plates and spacious environment. Nice place if you're taking the kids and prams will fit between the tables. Would go again

2 reviews so far 5
16.03.2016 11:28

Great food, except they did not know about my reservation - I showed them the confirmation email and they said that they do not use Quandoo as a booking service

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 11:33

The reservation was made with no fuss, we were even slightly early but there were no issues. Food was excellent as always. Will definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 09:33

Great food and service Recommend the dumplings and the sizzling beef in black pepper sauce Will go back as often as I am able to

1 review so far 4
30.01.2017 09:34

The food is delicious, but they have a lot of trouble with orders - every time I've gone here, we have received something different to what we asked for - still delicious food! But a bit disconcerting.

2 reviews so far 3
06.07.2017 10:18

slow mo service as usual, chaotic but eventually you get served. too few ppl serving customers, too many ppl cleaning up the dirty tables to get more customers through the door. come over to clean your plates a bit too soon, almost like rushing you to pack up.

2 reviews so far 5
22.10.2016 07:27

Great food, lots of variety available especially in the dumplings. Service is really quick too for the things we ordered.depends a lot on which staff member you get

1 review so far 5
05.06.2017 12:41

Food was so great we ordered more and took some home! but the "sizzling" mongolian beef was not exactly what I would call "sizzling", still tasted good though.

1 review so far 4
05.08.2016 09:06

Good local cheap eat. Generous dumpling serves, many flavour options. However rib dish look like it was precooked. Although it was warmed up on the table, it didn't come out hot which was disappointing

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 06:23

Cant complain. I like going there. The staff are friendly and service is pretty quick depending on what you order. I recommend dining at I love dumplings.

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 07:18

Food is so yum!! Just delicious. Green beans with chili and minced pork, I could eat an entire bowl to myself. Very well priced and great value.

1 review so far 5
09.08.2016 07:06

Great place for dumplings! The stream pork dumplings are always a favorite. It's comfortable clean and roomy inside. We come back regularly to get out dumplings fix!

1 review so far 5
21.04.2016 05:39

Food was great, service was great, but the venue itself was very noisy. Good value for your money. I would recommend it's well worth a visit.

1 review so far 5
14.12.2016 07:11

Great restaurant but missing some key dishes on the menu that are usually there. All else very good as usual. I don't like the timed dinning.

1 review so far 5
29.04.2016 11:30

Lucky we booked, because there is always a queue here. Food was pretty good, but they forgot one thing on our order. Otherwise good stuff.

1 review so far 5
17.09.2016 09:36

Amazing food and great service. Excellent value for money!!! I definetly cant wait to go back again and get stuck into the dumplings. Just Great

3 reviews so far 5
29.05.2016 21:06

Great service by friendly waitresses. Great food with affordable price, although smaller serves for some menu items. The dumplings were yummy, fried eggplant was amazing!

1 review so far 5
17.05.2016 08:46

main meal came out before we had finished our entrée..... would have like some time between the courses.. overall a very nice experience. will return.