Monday, 28 March 2016

Mr Huang Jin

I had high hopes going into Mr Huang Jin's based on a number of rave reviews.  However, aside from the prawn and pork wontons with chilli sauce (probably some of the best wontons I've ever had), the experience was overall disappointing.

Mr Huang Jin, which used to be located under the Rialto building, is now situated on Katherine Place off of Flinders Lane. It's definitely more upmarket then your usual dumpling joint - elegant lighting, clean and well spaced tabletops and even  a complimentary salad on arrival.

As mentioned above, the prawn and pork wontons ($13 for 5 pieces) were some of the best wontons I have ever had - generously plump parcels filled with fresh local prawns, Mr Huang Jin's special pork, spring onions and ginger with the family's secret chilli sauce, ordering this dish is a must if you find yourself eating at this venue. 

The pan fried pork dumplings ($11 for 5) were not so great - the dough was overly chewy (aka undercooked) and the filling was one dimensional in flavour.  The noodles with fresh local seafood in oyster sauce ($16) were also lacking in flavour and the seafood tasted old and undercooked.

Whilst we did order 4 glasses of wine between the two of us, we walked out the door spending just over $100 - very pricey for a dumpling house but a price I would be willing to pay if the dumplings blew me away. Unfortunately they didn't and next time I will stick with Hutong.

Food: 1.5/5
Venue: 2.5/5
Service: 3/5
Total: 7/15
Verdict: Don't bother - there are too many other amazing dumpling joints in Melbourne.
Mr Huang Jin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato