Reviews for Xuxu Dumpling Bar
by A Food Awakening
6 days ago
Xuxu is the little sister to Cafe Hanoi across the road. The newly modern dumpling bar serves two great combinations, dumplings and cocktails. To be honest, I am a bit of a dumpling snob. Im at yum char either every second week but my expectations are high due to the traditional Chinese dumplings my grandma makes.
Xuxu combines modern with traditional, offering your classic dumplings such as the har gau (prawn dumpling) but tries to modernise the menu with beef short rib dumplings also on offer. To be honest, these dumplings just don't hit the mark. Most of the time the filling is satisfying and its the wrapper that you judge. The wrapper just weren't soft and moist enough. They weren't thin enough either and on the corners of some, they were dry. The only dumplings i enjoyed for the filling were the spinach and cabbage momo. They had flavour and juice. It was sad to say the other dumplings, just were dry. They lacked moisture and that balance of flavours that one has at yum char.
The dumplings are just not traditional and the fusion doesn't work. Its a shame because the fit out of the bar is relaxed and trendy. The service is friendly. To be honest, go for the cocktails because they were amazing, quite expensive but they are worth the pennies.
Value for Money: Good
Cnr of Galway Street and Commerce Street, Auckland Central.
3 months ago
We came here on a Saturday night for dinner as my partner and I both love dumplings and as this is a relatively new aspect of Xuxu we thought we would give it a go. We tried most of the dumplings on the menu. They were all very good, our favourite was the chicken and shitake potstickers of which we had seconds. The cocktails are inventive and delicious - I highly recommend the strawberry and aperol sours. Our only complaint was that the beef dumplings were not all quite cooked through so were still a little rare and cold in the middle. However, we pointed this out to the staff who were pleased to hear the feedback and didn't charge us for that plate of dumplings. We are looking forward to returning, If you love dumplings I highly recommend this place.
by Loved By Katie
8 months ago
So I had a plan to visit Xuxu and went online to check their menu. This is what I do sometimes to get pre-excited before I visit restaurants. Jesus. I could not read their menu. They have used Arabic serif font in a 6 pt size. Okay, not a great start. I will just have to read it there.
When I arrived, it was totally different to what I thought it would be like. Tiny but cozy atmosphere was extended to its front yard where we settled. We started with some cocktails which included Xuxulicious (18) which were all amazing (thankfully they used a readable font on their actual menu). These cocktails were designed to my liking of being sweet and fruity. The last cocktail left me a bit confused as the mix of Jack Daniel and watermelon had two dominant flavours. Plus I could not sip through the roughly grinded watermelon with my tiny straw. Bummer.
We ordered small dishes such as Chili & ginger fish skewers (12) and the waitress asked us if we wanted to order an extra skewer as the dish only has 3 on it. How nice. The fish was soft and full of flavours. We moved onto the Shrimp dumplings (10) which was quite unique. The skin was rubbery rather than floury, but soft in the mouth. There was crisply sprinkle of some sort which added enjoyment to the dish too.
Our last choice wasn't as nice as the other two. Beef & apple on shrimp rice crackers were very hard to eat and I didn't find anything interesting there. Ginger flavour was too strong which made others a bit tasteless.
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by Kiwi Food Wonders
Nov 19, 2013
Cafe Hanoi is a virtual institution in Auckland now: their consistently great, fresh take on Vietnamese food has won many loyal fans. Xuxu is like the cooler, little sister bar; open late with a distinct French je ne sais quoi & swagger to it.
The decor is typically Britomart stylish; hipsters will feel at home with the dark wooden interior and stained-glass lampshades, which hint to the French colonial style of Vietnam. The bar, and resident bartenders, are centre-stage, and on the night we attended, they were loving the limelight, and deservedly so. Make no mistake, Xuxu may be small, but she’s serious about her drinks!
The kitchen is also on show; a tiny little corner where Xuxu – the chef who this place is named for – works her magic in the smallest of spaces, creating the biggest of flavours. There is also a terraced courtyard looking onto the street, perfect for those sultry summer nights.
On the night we visited, Xuxu was launching their Thursday evening jazz sessions. With the most delicious Breakfast Martini in hand, lemongrass, coriander & lime dancing on my tongue & the seductive sounds of the saxophone-led trio pouring into my ears, I could have closed my eyes and been transported to a bar in Ho Chi Minh City.
Xuxu was cooking up her magic as well, and we were delighted with the South-East Asian flavours on offer. This kitchen serves small plates & snack-style food; an ideal way to sample several flavours & share tastes. The taro chips and roasted peanuts were liberally but not painfully seasoned with chill salt, and the perfect bar snack to waken your tastebuds. Xuxu can often be the “holding bar” for Cafe Hanoi patrons waiting on their seats, and these nibbles would be the perfect start to your meal.
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by Food Dilemma
Oct 21, 2013
Went here on Saturday night before a concert at Vector. Britomart was pretty busy with the pre concert crowd. We initially tried to go to Café Hanoi but they were packed. They suggested Xuxu which is their "little sister' restaurant and is right across the road. Xuxu is not a restaurant, but a bar with a menu of Vietnamese tapas.
Everything on the menu looked great to us. The stand outs were the patties, could have kept eating them all night. We also had the dumplings, fish skewers and dried meat. The fish on the skewers was so tender and juicy we discussed how we could make them at home.
The service was excellent. They were full and suggested we wait at the bar for a table and we would be first in line to get the next table. True to their word we got a table within about 5 minutes. Plenty of staff were on so it was always easy to order another drink, etc and all the staff were friendly and helpful.
The drinks menu is long. They have a great menu of cocktails that feature key Vietnamese flavours including chilli, lime and coriander. I had a drink with coriander featured and it was great.
We will definitely be back and highly recommend it for a few drinks and snacks with friends.
Oct 29, 2012
The food and service was great.
My friend and I orginally going there for a quick cocktail before we went to another restuarant for dinner. But the nibbles were tasty, the cocktails so good and staff were very accomodating that we stayed and had a great time.
by Wanderlust Mc
Sep 23, 2012
We went here for a few cocktails after dinner at Cafe Hanoi.
Again the service was amazing, there was a young gentleman who was very friendly and a good laugh, catering to our every need. Who ever hires the staff for these two amazing places are doing a great job.
We had an assortment of cocktails all of the great, and quite strong ! The atmosphere was fantastic, there were no empty tables. It was a relaxed vibe, music OK. I will definitely go again, and have already recommended this place.
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