A cult favorite San Francisco dumpling house is expanding to the East Bay.
Dumpling Time, from the Omakase Restaurant Group team behind the Michelin-starred Omakase and Niku Steakhouse, is opening a brick and mortar on Fourth Street in Berkeley, in the corner space formerly housing Bare Minerals.
“We’re excited to expand Dumpling Time to Berkeley and bring our Asian-inspired fare to the bustling Fourth Street corridor,” Dumpling Time founder Kash Feng said in a press release. “East Bay residents have expressed great interest in our offerings and we’re eager to finally make our cuisine more readily available to the community here.”
The restaurant is set to open next year at 1795 Fourth St. and will likely feature a Cal-Asian menu similar to the one offered at its popular locations in San Francisco’s Design District and Thrive City, where customers can watch dumplings being made fresh daily. Look for steamed and seared pork and chicken bao, steamed shrimp and pork har gow, open-faced siu mai, boiled X’ian dumplings in a variety of flavors, including lamb and vegetarian, Wagyu beef, chicken and seafood pan-crisped gyoza, and, of course, the famous soup dumplings.
Dumpling Time also has quick bites, like crispy truffle nuts and wood ear mushroom salad, as well as veggie dishes, noodles and an extensive list of beers, wine, sake and loose leaf teas. To finish things off, they also offer six sweet bao, from a green tea and milk bun to beet and taro.
At this time, the restaurant is slated to open in the first quarter of 2022. Check back for updates, or visit @itsdumplingtime for more information.