With its tangerine paint and bright lighting, this unassuming restaurant may not look fancy – but it’s been winning awards since it opened in 2007. The xiao long bao (juicy dumplings) and the preserved vegetable and pork noodle soup have both been singled out for individual honours, but it’s hard to go wrong when ordering from the extensive menu of Northern Chinese cuisine.
Lin has been winning awards since it opened in 2008 – including Conde Nast Traveler’s nod for best Chinese dumplings and noodle soup in the world in 2010. The $8.99 lunch specials here include one main dish plus soup (hot and sour or chicken corn) and steamed rice. Perennial favourites include ginger beef, sweet and sour pork and wok-fried spicy green beans.
How many superlatives is it possible to attach to one place when the dumplings are this good? Once your dumpling set arrives, you’ll swear you’ve died and gone straight to dumpling heaven where only the finest hands are allowed to craft them. There’s a wide variety and you can’t go wrong with any choice. The skins are thin but remain intact in the gentle grip of chopsticks.