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.
A hidden gem in the Fairview neighbourhood, Lin’s is a solid spot for Northern Chinese cuisine. With both soup and dry noodle options, the freshness and homemade goodness are evident on first bite. And if you’re looking for a something different for your next large group meal, it’s definitely worth checking out. The spacious restaurant offers plenty of seating and the family-style dining means you’ll get to try more.