Bao from a Dumplings & Buns test lunch. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Opening in the Upper Fillmore this coming Monday August 29th is ~DUMPLINGS & BUNS~ from owner May Lee Iorfido. On the menu: savory pork or chicken bao, a variety of dumplings (pork, chicken, pea shoot, or shrimp), wonton soup, and a soba noodle salad with baked tofu and cabbage (it’s a tasty one). There are also sweet custard buns and “boozer buns” with flavors like Chocolate Kahlua, Lemon Cointreau, and May’s Favorite Amaretto. Check out the entire menu (with pricing) here. You’ll be able to dine in (there’s limited seating) or take out (you can order ahead online). There’s also a grocery component, stocked with sauces, mustards, kimchee, and jams. Hours will be 11am-8pm daily. 2411 California St. at Fillmore, 415-292-6209.
Want to check it out before it opens? Dumplings & Buns will hold 50 slots at the pre-opening party/test run this coming Saturday August 27th for the first 50 tablehopper friends. That’s right—you can go and get a combo plate of three different dumplings and a BBQ pork bao for free, plus you can try sweet custard buns (very vanilla, deep chocolate, or ginger orange) for only $1 each (which is half price). All you need to do is send an email here, give your full name, and indicate what time you want to come between 11am-4pm. Just be sure to put “tablehopper sent me” in the subject line! Have fun, dumpling fanatics!