Photographs: David Straight
You’ll recognise the menu. Last year, the owners of New Flavour – that of the rustic dumplings and the terrible service – sold the legendary restaurant to new owners and frankly, it’s never been the same since. Then word came by email from a kind reader. Mr Zhou, the former owner of New Flavour, had opened in New Lynn.
Naturally, we hustled out for lunch and so we can announce: Mr Zhou’s Dumplings is brilliant. It occupies a former takeaway joint, all plywood and formica and big windows, set off by handmade wooden signs. An art director couldn’t have done it better. Best of all, there’s an open kitchen, where you can see the chefs working the dough and cooking your dumplings. You order and pay at the counter – somehow it’s friendlier than it used to be.
The menu is comfortingly, wonderfully the same, only for some reason the food tastes better this time around – fresher somehow. Dumplings, cold dishes, a few mains; everything comes in takeout containers, which we quite like. We ate the pork and fennel dumplings – handmade, a little lumpy and bright with fennel ($10 for 20) and we slathered them with chilli. And we ate the cucumber salad ($8), which they half-chop, half-smash – you can hear them out the back chopping away and you know there is goodness on the way – and then scatter with chilli and sesame oil. Remember the shredded potato salad ($8)? That’s here too and it is brilliant. My. SFG
HOURS Monday to Saturday, 11am to 10pm; Sunday, 4pm to 10pm.
ADDRESS 3130 Great North Road, New Lynn, ph 827-8800
IMPORTANT DETAILS Word has it Mr Zhou isn’t as busy as he expected to be. So go now. Please?