Dumplings at Northside Cafe and Chinese Kitchen are a must try dish

Dumplings at Northside Cafe and Chinese Kitchen are a must try dish

July 19, 2016 3:01 AM


One of the perks of being a writer is getting access, whether it is game tickets, locker room privilege, pre/post conferences or direct quotes from those who play the sport. However this time I was asked to do a different assignment. Review a restaurant.

While I am a big fan of eating, I felt if we were going to get a quality review I needed to have the chef of the house write it. I will say, try the Banana Split! – Alan Berg

By Chieko Berg

Northside Café and Chinese Kitchen is a spot where you can enjoy an eclectic menu any time of day, including breakfast, burgers, pasta, and the newest addition – authentic Chinese dim sum (available 11a.m.-2 a.m.).

With so many options how can one choose? Well, let me help you. Turn your menu over to the Chinese Kitchen side.

You must try the Pan-Fried Pork, Shrimp, and Chive Dumplings. These dumplings are some of the best in town. Made with fresh meaty pieces of shrimp mixed with some pork for added fat and flavor, and fresh chopped chives, they are so flavorful no dipping sauce is required.

Another winner is the Pork Sticky Rice Lotus Wrap. It includes sticky rice stuffed with minced pork, Chinese sausage and hard-boiled egg yolk all wrapped in a lotus leaf. The leaf adds a nice floral essence to the dish which was steamed to perfection.

It may be a bit exotic for some but it tastes like comfort to me. If you have never had this dish try it here, they do it right and the flavors are mild enough for most diners to handle.

You also should put the Gai Lan with Garlic on your list of things to order. Essentially, it is Chinese broccoli sautéed in a light garlic sauce. Yes, it is a very simple dish but that’s the beauty. This allows the quality and freshness of the gai lan to shine.

If you are a vegi-lover you could easily make this one dish your meal (maybe with a side of rice).

The feel of the restaurant is old school coffee shop inspired. It features booths and a lunch counter. You seat yourself and the server will come greet you. It’s a relaxed place to eat.

Northside Café and Chinese Kitchen is a casual dining experience within the SLS – a coffee shop done their way. Quality is key with fresh produce and seafood, house-made whenever possible, and all made to order.

I have a rating system based on how many “Noms” aka can’t stop eating. I give this restaurant 4 noms out of 5 – Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom!