Xuxu Dumpling Bar

4 star rating 19 reviews

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09 3095529

Britomart, Levy Building, 20 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland

4 PM to 11 PM (Mon-Tue), 12 Noon to 11 PM (Wed-Fri), 5 PM to 11 PM (Sat), Sun Closed


Reviews for Xuxu Dumpling Bar

5 star rating
by Fiona McGrechan
5 days ago

Went here last weekend with friends and loved it. The cocktails were amazing with the exception of the bloody mary. The dumplings were great. It's a quite intimate, so more suited for couples probably unless you score the booth or don't mind squishing in. The vibe was really funky and the staff were pretty good except for being a little hard to attract sometimes. The bloody mary sat undrunk except for the first sip without any of the staff questioning if there was an issue, maybe they should ask if there was something wrong. All in all, we still had a great night and will definitely be back. Make sure you try the Cupcake Red Velvet Wine!!!

3 star rating
by Angela
11 days ago

Good service, nice hip atmosphere, good music, but that's pretty much the only things I liked about XuXu. The dumplings just didn't quite hit the mark for me. Pastries were thicker than what I would normally have mine, the siao long baos didn't have the traditional soup in them. Prawn har gaos were too garlicky, making the aftertaste not very pleasant.

XuXu to me is just another overhyped, overpriced bar/restaurant establishment. I'm glad that I got the chance to tried it out but would certainly not be returning any time soon.

4 star rating
by Brian Chan
27 days ago

Delicious dumplings. Small mix up with our order which was quickly rectified. Music was a bit loud which made chatting across the table strained at times. Bring back banofee dumplings please!

5 star rating
by Courtney Griffiths
one month ago

Have been here a couple of times and both time have enjoyed a simple selection of dumplings that are made perfectly! They also have a delicious wine and cocktail list - my new Friday go-to favourite!!

4 star rating
by Rong Shi
one month ago

A favorite for friends gather. Perfect atmosphere and delicious snacks with affordable yet elegant drink selection. The mix and match tea selection is also a fabulous alternative for the non-alcoholic. The complimentary Sichuan peanuts is one of the most luring factor for my vote. A must for Friday night!

4 star rating
by Kwan-Lyn
one month ago

I've been here for drinks a couple of times but recently got to try the dumplings that my workmates were raving about. We shared the pork & shrimp, chicken and beef dumplings between the two of us. The dumplings are very meaty and substantial. Slightly gourmet, they are quite different to your usual plate of 20 dumplings however they will set you back abit more too. Worth a try though!

5 star rating
by Griselda N
2 months ago

I ordered Chicken Potstickers (fried dumpling) and Beef & Celery (steamed dumpling). Both were super good. Beef & Celery was flavourful but taste clean at the same time as well, complimenting the fried dumpling.

The seats inside was kinda dark so my friends and I decided to sit outside. The overall atmosphere was nice even though the bus stop could be noisy. The price is also reasonably cheap for such quality food. Would love to visit again and try their other dumplings.

5 star rating
by Claudia Serra
2 months ago

Wonderful staff, good music and atmosphere, and the beef dumplings are amazing. My friend and I order three lots of different dumplings between us for lunch and it is cheap and fills us perfectly.New favourite place to go for lunch :)Note: Lamb and fennel dumplings have a very strong taste and I personally don't like them. The manager there told me it's a love/hate thing.

5 star rating
by Ashleigh Kennard
2 months ago

This place is such a hidden gem! Delicious dumplings, and gluten free options too! Was pleasantly surprised. Service was great, attentive staff but not over bearing. Food was tasty and great quality. Only negative is their salted caramel and banana banoffee dumplings dont come in gluten free dumpling wrappers! Great dinner at a great price, $20 each between the 3 of us.

4 star rating
by Eat Pray Love
3 months ago

Tried Xuxu dumplings on Monday night after hearing good things about it from people. It was ether Barilla or here and since Barilla is pretty much second home, I thought id try some place new.

My boyfriend and I were keen to try most of the non veg dumplings. Since I don't eat beef, we ordered everything but. So that was the lamb, pork, chicken and prawn. My favourites were the prawn and pork and least favourite was the lamb. I was surprised at this because I'm not a fan of minced chicken but Xuxu did these chicken dumplings well! The prawn and pork dumplings were the real winners though as they had really good flavour.

There are 6 dumplings in each serve and I found that that the 4 serves we ordered was more than enough. Also these dumplings are fairly smaller in size compared to Barilla so keep that in mind too.

We ended the meal with a dessert dumpling - banoffee. This was so good!!!! I would literally go back just to eat this. It has a slice of banana and caramel sauce wrapped up in a dumpling dough (?? Not sure what it's called lol!) Would highly recommend the banoffee dumpling out of any of the dumplings!

The decor is really nice as well. It's dimly lit and I like overall vibe of the place. Staff are super friendly as well:)

Try it out if you're looking for a new eatery around the britomart area!

3 star rating
by Ninjunkie
4 months ago

Have been waiting to go and try the dumplings here at Xuxu and did just earlier. The place is very nice and sort of an after work hang out or unwind yourself place. Great for people who want to relax and have a drink before heading home. The music was a plus too . I admit, I had high expectations with their dumplings. Unfortunately, I ended up getting disappointed. We tried the har gao (prawn dumplings) and the bean curd and mushroom dumplings. Both of which had tough and chewy wrapping. The fillings were very few and the flavours were overpowered by ginger in the har gao dumplings. Not really tasting the Prawn at all .
The drinks are nice though, tried the hibuscus and rosemary margarita and enjoyed it! However, the dumplings were a let down.

4 star rating
by Madicattt
5 months ago

If you can do something incredibly well, why would you try anything else?

For months I had been meaning to head to Xuxu but the dumpling only (bar a couple of sides) menu really didn't appeal.

I finally popped in recently and realised that in this case the above most certainly applies.

Xuxu's dumplings are perfection. Punching your tongue with Flavour and pizazz. You can actually taste the ingredients as individual components! Crazy.

With friendly staff and great decor, Xuxu definitely won me over as a great spot to stop for a small bite.

Except maybe not a drink. I'm a cocktail girl and I was disappointed to see that their cocktail list started at $18 a drink. For what was a great eating experience, that was the only downside.

3 star rating
by A Food Awakening
7 months 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. 

Food: 5/10
Service: 8/10
Value for Money: Good

Cnr of Galway Street and Commerce Street, Auckland Central.
Opening Hours: 
Mon-Tues 4pm-Late
Weds-Fri 12pm-Late
Sat 5pm-Late

5 star rating
by KitKat
10 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.

4 star rating
by Loved By Katie
Mar 16, 2014

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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5 star rating
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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4 star rating
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.

5 star rating
by Caroline
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.


5 star rating
by Wanderlust
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.