Went to Rickshaw Dumplings today to see what the fuss was about. I'm a fan of Anita Lo's cooking and really enjoy her restaurant in the Village, Anissa. So it was with good hopes and vibes that I went to Rickshaw today around 2pm.
There was a short line to order, and the menu posted was easy to read and follow. My partner and I ordered the Chicken Basil Dumplings (9 pieces) and the traditional pork and chive dumplings (9 pieces) and we shared them. The service was friendly and prompt; by the time we paid and got a table, the order was ready and waiting. (Minor snafu was the diet coke was not working in their drink dispenser, but hey, that's fine).
Now, to the dumplings. The pork dumplings were fried, the chicken dumplings were steamed. One taste of each resulted in a slight making of a face by each of us. The pork dumplings almost tasted undercooked and the chicken dumplings were a bit sweet with an odd taste. Both left a very odd aftertaste. After 2-3 dumplings, we said to each other, "F&B?"
Too bad; Ms. Lo really is an outstanding chef. She has a great 'business model' with this restaurant, but the food is just awful. Unless she can re-think the recipes, its time will be limited.