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.
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.
The best dumplings we've found in Melbourne and soooo cheap! Such a great price. We didn't get drinks and fed the two of us for under $30
helpful, attentive & welcoming staff, great variety of fare available, all came promptly & were all tasty, the only negative was the order the food came to our table with some mains hitting us before all the entree's had been served but that was a minor whinge - all in all, great!
I had one of the most wonderful meals on fathers day. My dad was so please and happy. Thank you quandoo for your support on making my booking over the phone on the weekend and showcasing fantastic venues like this!
Awesome dumplings!!! A quick dinner and excellent service. Lots of options to choose from. Food bought to the table quickly steaming hot! We will be back.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Went to check out this place before the show. If you're craving for good-value dumplings, this is the place to be. Interior is quite impressive if you compare it to the usual Chinese restaurant and they serve a large varieties of dumplings! Although the staff are less attentive and forgot our drinks but still a good experience overall!
Food was excellent, we shared pork dumplings, chicken and sweet corn dumplings, and Chinese broccoli, everything was delicious, tasted fresh and came out quickly even though it was a busy Saturday night. The staff were all attentive and quick with their service and always with a big smile!