I went to the Family Dumpling House today for the first time and was overall impressed. I was a little hesitant because of the whole “copying is the best form of flattery” issue with the Mothers Dumpling branding. The owners have done a great job of refreshing the space. This is a spotlessly clean restaurant with new cooking equipment, decorations, table’s chairs. A general light renovation has made the space modest but comfortable and inviting.
Service- All the staff was so warm, welcoming and pleasant. It was a joy. No feelings of chaos or being rushed. I went for lunch and it was slow with only a couple other tables full. My server was a young female with nothing but genuine attentiveness and smiles. All staff there struggle with English but the menu is fairly self explanatory so it’s all good.
Pan Fried Pork and Chives Dumplings- I went by myself and wish I had more to report in terms of other dishes so I apologize for that! The dumplings I had were excellent. Well done and very crispy on the bottom is the way I like it. Tender wrapping. They are more oblong rather than circular in shape and went down nice in two perfect bites. The filling was tasty with just enough chives Homemade nicely seasoned and texturally right. Overall, I would say the product has the “love” that I’m looking for in a dumpling.
Other- Vegetarian options are limited and the whole wheat option is limited to one kind of vegetarian dumpling. The menu states the veggie ones have “fungus” in them. Communication was limited from the server so I wasn’t able to find out if this was indeed a brown fungus or simply mushroom? The owner is super sweet too. She reluctantly gave me the menu to scan as she wants to perfect it. I told her I didn’t have time to do a review next week when the updated menu will be out so she pulled a menu from the in house stack. I think the lettering and prices may be too small to read so sorry about that. I also wish I had a better camera with me other than my crappy cell phone. Curious to see what other Hounds have to say about this place. As far as I’m concerned, I will be returning to the Family rather than the Mother!
Family Dumpling House
79 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA