Dumpling Time features a special approach Asian cuisine and was the first restaurant to open at Thrive City. Owner Kash Feng, a native of Xi’an, China took some time to answer a few questions about Dumpling Time’s latest location in San Francisco.
Question: What does it mean to have Dumpling Time at Thrive City?
Kash Feng: “With the opening of our third and largest San Francisco location at Thrive City, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to champion the Golden State Warriors while serving fans, concertgoers, and Mission Bay residents alike. The expansion to a new neighborhood allows us to share our Asian-inspired cuisine, which highlights handmade dim sum, with more locals and visitors than ever before. One of the unique features of Dumpling Time is that it allows guests to watch dumplings being made by hand throughout the day. In Asia, dumplings are served at all times of day and are an integral part of Asian culture.”
Q: Is there anything unique about this location (décor, offerings, etc.)?
KF: “Our Thrive City location is our largest location to date and the first to feature a full cocktail, wine, sake, and beer bar as well as a dedicated private dining room. Designed in collaboration with our interior designer Aya Yanagisawaya of Aya Designs and architect Marc Dimalanta of D-Scheme Studio, Dumpling Time Thrive City’s interiors are inspired by Asia’s night markets and street vendor culture. The space features murals by John Felix Arnold III, custom neon signage, and a centrally located bar surrounded by large-screen TVs for watching Golden State Warriors games. Meanwhile, a glass-walled dumpling room with bar seating gives guests the opportunity to watch dumplings being made by hand as they dine.”
Q: With the success in your other locations, has there been a more positive impact with having Dumpling Time at Thrive City?
KF: “Located mere steps away from Chase Center, we’ve had the opportunity to welcome guests coming from the greater Bay Area and introduce them to our Asian-inspired cuisine. It’s a true privilege. With the opening of our Thrive City location, our team has also been able to forge relationships with the more immediate Mission Bay community, including players on the Golden State Warriors and their executive team who have not only become fans of Dumpling Time, but also Omakase Restaurant Group’s other concepts, including Niku Steakhouse and Omakase.”
Q: Any recommendations that you would give to a first-time dumpling eater or someone who hasn’t been to Dumpling Time yet?
KF: “Our menu centers around handmade dim sum inspired by Chinese and Japanese preparations made with local California ingredients. We suggest first-time guests try an assortment of our filled, seasonal dumplings to get the full experience. Must-try items include American Wagyu Fried Rice, Scallop Siu Mai, and Garlic Crab Noodles, which are all available exclusively at our Thrive City location. Our signature item, a dish that Dumpling Time was among the first to bring to San Francisco, is the King-Dum, a giant soup dumpling served with a large bubble-tea straw for extracting the hot broth. Original recipes that guests won’t find anywhere but Dumpling Time include our Tom Yom soup dumpling with pork belly and coconut milk wrapped in a beet-colored dough as well as our take on Shrimp Toast made in the style of a Chinese donut and topped with minced shrimp and spicy mayo.”
Q: What is Dumpling Time’s most popular item?
KF: “Pork Xiao Long Bao is the most popular item at Dumpling Time. Guests can watch our cooks prepare these Chinese-style soup dumplings in the restaurant’s dumpling room before they’re steamed and served.”
Dumpling Time is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Limited indoor dining is available (limited to the lesser of 25% of the maximum occupancy OR 100 patrons) and outdoor dining is available on the patio.