Phat’s Dumplings is a colourful shoebox of a restaurant, doing interesting things with dumplings since its opening earlier in 2016. The interior is decked with old Asian movie posters and brightly painted wooden shutters, setting a cheerful and cheeky tone. For me, it’s the perfect spot for a quick lunch or dinner, with its speedy, casual service. With only 25 seats and no reservations you do have to chance it, but once you’ve pulled up a stool, the range of dumplings, bao and noodle soups are delicious and good value.
Phat’s offers some funky cocktails and beers, as well as interesting juices and teas. The food menu is definitely made for sharing, with mostly 3 dumplings and 2 bao per dish. The steamed dumplings include chicken & sweetcorn dumplings with a sesame dressing and scallop & edamame dumplings. If you like spicy food, then I would recommend the pork & prawn dumplings with Sichuan chili soy, which were my favourite. The highlights of the fried section of the menu are the delicious satay chicken puff with peanut sauce and crispy duck leg wontons with a Thai red curry sauce.
The bao at Phat’s dumplings are the signature dishes. The roasted duck bao with spiced hoisin combines classic Asian flavours that work effortlessly inside a light fluffy bao. Other star baos on the menu include a pork bao with slaw and a chicken bao with kimchi. All of these are winners.
The soups section of the menu seems slightly random, but ordering a noodle or dumpling soup to accompany the smaller bites actually works really well. The spicy minced pork Sichuan noodle soup was lovely – not actually too hot but with lots of spices coming through. The menu also offers a range of good vegetable options including roasted eggplant with white miso and sesame and an Asian broccoli dish.
The only dish which I found slightly disappointing was the prawn toast, which felt a little dry and had an overpowering sesame flavour. Otherwise, I would confidently say that you should order adventurously and you won’t be disappointed. Phat’s is such an easy spot for a quick bite that I’ve been several times and tried almost everything on the menu. Every time I promise myself I will save space for the coconut with salted caramel ice-cream sandwich, but with the huge range of delicious dumplings on offer, that hasn’t been managed to date.