Dim sum might not, at first, seem like the ideal family meal, with all those unfamiliar names and steaming baskets – not to mention the complexities of chopstick handling for five-year-old fingers.
But at New Shanghai, which opened recently in The Dubai Mall, the team seems to have cracked it. They’ll helpfully give your sprogs a masterclass on chopstick use, and even have mini versions for tiny hands.
A fabulous children’s menu offers smaller versions of the restaurant’s signature dishes including stir-fried noodles as well as sweet and sour chicken.
Youngsters can also push their paletes and try out a mixed dim sum basket, which offers a pan-fried bun, vegetable spring roll, spring onion pancake, soy duck bao and a chicken dumpling, all for just Dhs21. Bargain. Even better, all of the dishes on the children’s menu are served with free fresh juice.
While the kids are marvelling at the xiao long bao (that’s the steamed buns) and colouring in their own paper woks, there are plenty of brilliant options for mum and dad.
The dumplings are perfectly cooked, with just enough flavoursome broth spilling out after every satisfying bite. They’re available with fillings ranging from pan-fried crab and chicken to camel (maybe don’t tell the kids about that one).
The spring onion pancakes are a little too over-fried for our liking, but it’s a minor hiccup. And all is forgiven when the chocolate buchi balls arrive. The small rice cakes filled with Nutella are prepared from scratch, and are served hot and gooey.
Of course, family is an extremely important concept in China and everything here is served to share. But we won’t judge you if you can’t help but hog those delicious dumplings all for yourself.
The bill (for two)
1x mixed dumplings Dhs36
1x spring onion pancakes Dhs26
1x salt and pepper tofu Dhs44
1x chocolate buchi balls Dhs34
2x soft drinks Dhs30
Total (inc service) Dhs170
The bottom line
Top-notch dishes you don’t want to miss.