Shandong Mama

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

Mid City Arcade 7/200 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria

Serves meat, vegan options available. Known for its dumplings - has marked vegan and vegetarian dishes and dumplings. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:30pm, Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-9:30pm.

Categories: Ovo, Chinese, Take-out, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by Aloo

Warning - these dumplings are addictive - Edit

Great location, in the CBD, however in an arcade you could be forgiven for not expecting too much of this bustling cafe.

Order the zucchini dumplings - this is it! You can chose the fried or the steamed, that much is up to you. But you must have the dumplings!! They are tasty, with loads of coriander and tofu as well. Decent serve and good price.

You may have trouble getting a table it is really popular, particularly on a Friday. But they do take bookings. Tea is complimentary. Service is always swift and friendly.

Pros: best dumplings in town

Cons: not a vegan/vego place

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Nice food - Edit

I went a while ago and had some vegan zucchini dumplings. They were lovely. I had their tea as well, but I found it a bit too sweet for my liking. The atmosphere is nice, however, I found there wasn't much space, not that I mind. The staff was friendly, I'll go there again.

Pros: Nice food, Some vegan options

Cons: I must pay with cash, The prices are okay, but they could do better

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only few vegan options - Edit

AFew dishes are marked veg for egg eaters, not vegan. Not all could turn vegan. As non-spicy eater I couldn't find what to eat, ordered not spicy rice & tofu but was spicy anyway.

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Over priced - Edit

The food here is not BAD however it is over priced. A plate of broccoli is $18 and the dumplings are $15. Definitely don't dig the dumplings either. If you get the pan fried dumplings they are fried in the same pan as all the other dumplings and therefore are not vegan (even though we were told all the food we ordered was vegan.)

Pros: location

Cons: price

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Not your usual dumplings - Edit

Given Melbourne's glut of Shanghainese dumpling houses, Shandong Mama came as a bit of a surprise when it first opened. The food is always. great quality (and very affordable) dumplings and noodles here. The owner devises new dumplings alongside more traditional Shandong recipes.

The vegan and vegetarian options here are really good, particularly the yu shiang eggplant and the zucchini dumplings.

Pros: Solid vegan options

Cons: Cash only

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Pleasantly surprised - Edit

The first time we ate here, we found the food excellent, the second time, however, it was more of a mixed bag.

The vegan selection is quite small, but clearly marked.

The pan-fried zucchini dumplings are excellent, as is the scallion pancake (the egg-free version, which wasn't available the second time and may no longer be on the menu). The sauteed corn with pine nuts and gogi berries is better than it looks, if rather sweet. However, none of us (3 people) liked the hot and sour potato.

Updated from previous review on Monday October 19, 2015

Pros: Inexpensive, Excellent dumplings

Cons: Limited veg selection, Location is grungy

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Well... - Edit

Went here to try the vegan dumplings. This small restaurant located inside a mall is usually very busy during lunchtime. I ordered an aloe vera juice which unfortunately contained honey. Asked the waitress if i could return the unopened bottle and ordered a 'herbal tea', thinking it was in fact a hot tea. Next thing was them handing me a cold can of 'herbal tea', with the information being completely in chinese. Tasted like it was made out of 99% honey.... The dumplings tasted very good but they are really expensive cause there has been a hype around the vegan dumplings at this restaurant. Would maybe go again if really hungry and next time, I'll just order a water....

Pros: Tasty

Cons: Expensive, Staff doesn't speak proper english

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