Down an unassuming lane in Windsor, and after 5 years Red Door is still going strong following its reincarnation from a Chinese antique furniture shop, and now only serving food (the antiques business was closed down under the current owners but all the antiques were retained and scattered through the restaurant space).
(note: the term dim sum is a Cantonese term used to refer to the Chinese ‘tapas’ style morsels steamed in bamboo baskets everywhere in Asia, excepting in Australia where it is referred to incorrectly as yum cha, which actually means drinking tea! )
It feels like you are walking into an antique furniture shop in old Shanghai, and in fact nothing in its frontage gives you a clue this may be a restaurant. This is inexpensive but very authentic dim sum restaurant in amazingly eclectic oriental antique surrounds – complete with ancient teak bed seats.
In addition to the dumplings we had a melt in the mouth Hunan chili beef stewed with daikon (white radish) and star anise – could have had more ‘kick’ in it.
The selection is small but all dumplings are made on site, unlike many dim sum places around Melbourne where the dim sum is made in Springvale and steamed and sauced in the restaurant. On May 17th May the chef who is from Canton will run free dumpling classes, where the dumplings will be made in the centre of the restaurant for diners to watch and learn.
Great prices, ranging from $6-7 for a 3 piece plate and glasses of wine are still about $7-8 each, in addition to the BYO option.
If you are looking for value for money but you don’t want to compromise on the food or ambience, Red Door is the place.