Eve-ry-bo-dy needs good neiiiighbours…
…or so was the concern of Clapton residents until a great one landed smack bang on their doorstep.
Because My Neighbours The Dumplings is a little family run restaurant specialising in handmade dumplings (who knew?) that manages to be both quaint and cool simultaneously. The space itself is Chinese market meets industrial chic: paint chipped walls, colourful Chinese lanterns overhead, and long communal picnic tables for seats – a style extended right the way out to their covered courtyard garden.
Dumplings make up the majority of the menu, made fresh on-site every day, you’ll find steamed ones stuffed with pork & prawn, or shiitake mushroom, as well as crispy dumplings fattened with lamb & coriander. They’re not the only thing on offer though – there’s also smacked cucumber, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, and crispy pork belly for the taking. All dishes are recommended for sharing, although you’re probably going to want to order the chocolate dumplings served with vanilla pod ice cream and salted caramel sauce just for you.
Drinks-wise, you can either keep it tea-total with an impressive range of Chinese teas, all sourced directly from independent tea farmers in China. Or, should you be in the market for something a little stiffer, you can swap out the tea for sake.
In fact, they have a sake list so special it’s even earned itself its very own specialised bar downstairs. Matilda’s Sake Bar they call it; a dimly lit space where – propped up on a wooden bar stool, or from the depths of a leather sofa – you can either sip on sake (all sourced from another family-run business in Japan), or alternatively try a cocktail from their weekly changing list, one of their many Japanese whiskies, Shochu (a traditional Japanese Liquor), or beer. After which,
good neighbours, become goooood friennnnds.
NOTE: My Neighbours The Dumplings is open from Tuesday – Sunday. For more information, or to book, please visit their website here.
165 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 8EQ
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