Lockdown 3 restrictions have finally started to lift and restaurants are reopening again, whoop! To celebrate after a lovely day relaxing in the sun at Victoria Park, my friend Rup and I headed to ‘My Neighbours the Dumplings’ for dinner. This is their second and bigger restaurant after their original Clapton opening and situated in the pretty Victoria Park Village conservation area of Hackney. I love the kooky name which apparently came about in honour of the cult 1998 Japanese anime film ‘My Neighbour Toroto’. Very East London.
We didn’t book, but thankfully they managed to squeeze us in. They have a beautiful outside area at the back and it was lovely to sit out in the warm evening sun. Off a clever tick sheet menu we ordered the crispy pork belly with their homemade plum sauce, smashed cucumber and ham sui gok (crispy vegan dumplings stuffed with truffle and potato wrapped in rice dough). We then finished with their classic prawn har gau dumplings and some delicious pork potstickers/ gyoza.
Really lovely and with a couple of cold beers a delightful little dinner. Everything was delicious and it sort of reminded me of a posher, better version of the restaurant chain ‘Ping Pong’. Be careful though if you’re really hungry it could quickly get quite pricey if you start ordering a lot. I can’t quibble with the quality of the food though, i’d definitely go back.