From the outside, Mr Su’s dumplings and noodles is an unassuming eatery. Even on the inside, the restaurant is not overly decorated, apart from the wall art which harks back to the restaurant’s Asian roots.
My sister and I were on a walk around the City when we decided we needed some tasty fuel to keep us going. We both love Asian food and when we saw that Mr Su’s was open and pretty busy for early on a Saturday evening, we were both intrigued.
The menu is simple, serving a range of noodle dishes and dumplings, as you’d expect from the name of the restaurant! The noodle dishes were varied, with several meat and vegetarian options. It was also possible to pick what kind of broth to have with the dish. Although my sister and I are both lovers of noodles and dumplings, we weren’t sure what to go for. So we decided to have a few items to share.
We opted for the duck street noodles with the chicken stock broth. We also ordered six of the lamb spring onion dumplings and 6 of the mixed vegetable dumplings. After ordering, we found a table and gathered some cutlery. But before too long, our number was called and we were back up at the counter collecting our large bowl of noodles and our sides of dumplings.
On all our dishes, we sprinkled over a generous helping of coriander and spring onions from the condiment table, and also doused the dishes with a slightly less generous pour of smoky chili sauce.
The noodle dish was fantastic. The noodles themselves were thick and tender; a little tricky to eat with chop sticks but we soon got the hang of it. The broth was packed with flavour, and our addition of herbs and chili sauce gave the whole dish a brilliant lift. There was a very generous serving of duck on the noodles, which we both appreciated. I don’t remember the last time I had duck, but after the noodles, I’m sure it won’t be long before I have it again.
The dumplings were also incredible. I particularly liked the lamb and spring onion ones, which were juicy and tender. The vegetable dumplings were also good, but for me, needed a good sauce to go with them. Soy sauce or sweet chilli dip would have been ideal.
Overall, the meal was great. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good in fact, but I’m certainly going to be returning. I’m also intrigued to try some of their other dishes and to see what their make your own noodle dishes were all about.
Mr Su’s also offers takeaway, which is great to know, as I’m sure I will be back in the City Centre soon and wanting something to grab on my way to the station or on the way back from the shops. Don’t let the unassuming exterior of Mr Su’s put you off. It is one of the City Centre’s fab food spots, but it seems is being overlooked. Hopefully not for too long!
Photographs by Gemma Bridge.