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TOP CAFE [Closed]

A note: Top Cafe has new owners, a different menu and a new address on Cross Street. We’ll review it in due course.


[Photographs: David Straight]

A couple of years ago, we reviewed what was then known as the Ti Xiang Dumpling House, in a tiny storefront on a blustery stretch of Upper Queen Street. Then, it closed for a year – much to our dismay. Now, it’s re-opened, only it calls itself Top Cafe.

Nothing has changed, apart from the name. It’s deadly plain: fluorescent lights, plastic chairs. The service is brusque, occasionally terse. You might have to ask a few times for tea, and if you go for lunch you’ll wait a while because the woman who takes the orders goes out the back to cook, one order at a time.

But you’re here for dumplings, handmade fresh each day and for sale at ridiculous prices – 20 dumplings cost $9.80. They’re big and slightly lumpy, and they’re best boiled; we like the pork and fennel, loaded with fennel fronds and pork. And we’re fond of the soup buns too ($10.80 for 12) bready and filled with a bit of stock. It’s nothing flash, but it’s bloody good. SFG

HOURS 11am to 11pm, seven days.

ADDRESS 7/30 Upper Queen Street, Newton, ph 309 3863.

IMPORTANT DETAILS Sides come slathered with salt and are best avoided. You won’t have room, anyway.



  1. Tobias Hoggard wrote:

    Hi, just letting you know their phone number is 309 6863. Brilliant dumplings

    Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
  2. Chris wrote:

    Dumplings here are so delicious. Ate here again last night second or third time. Again blown away by the pork + fennel and pork + coriander dumplings. Made in front of you, couldn’t be yummier.

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  3. Lachlan wrote:

    Top Cafe have relocated to 22A Cross St (just up the road and around the corner). They have the same number, and can be found on Facebook (search Auckland Topcafe), where you can also order online. Still the best dumplings in Auckland.

    Monday, July 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
  4. SFG wrote:

    Brilliant. Thanks for letting us know.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  5. Calum wrote:

    I agree, best dumplings in Auckland! We eat here at least once a week. New location is really nice (it’s at the bottom of the Ironbank building, accessed from Cross Street, no signage currently, just steamy windows. Menu is smaller now as they are focusing on takeaway and delivery from their new location, but dumplings are still killer!

    Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  6. Lachlan wrote:

    Update to my earlier post, Top Cafe’s official Facebook page:

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

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  1. Auckland Diner’s Diary: July 2015 | New Garden on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    […] [Added 19 September 2015: Top Cafe – dumpling house on Cross Street, with Tiajin style dumplings. A restaurant of the same name used to be around the corner on Upper Queen Street, but this place has new owners and a different menu.] […]

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