Dumpling Cafe (Washington St. at Kneeland) has been open a week and the red-ribboned flower arrangements line the storefront. It is a Taiwanese place and stands up well to the Taiwan Cafe and Gourmet Dumpling House. For lunch, I had the Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and the 3 cup chicken lunch special which came with a light soup and rice. The XLB were excellent. Six large and flavorful dumplings with good thin skins (housemade). The 3 cup chicken was good but lots of bone bits in the chopped chicken legs. Soup was a nice light broth with pork, soft tofu, seaweed and chopped tomato that had enough texture to make it clear that the soup hadn't been standing all day. Prices are about the same as the other Taiwanese places (maybe a little more) and it had a good crowd of locals. Noodles and dumplings at other tables looked good and it's worth another visit. I must say, a Cantonese lad like me appreciates all the good new Chinese places representing other regions.
Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
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