Rundle Street is already the location of many a celebrated restaurant, and dumpling bar MUM CHA has now joined the ranks.
Taking over the Malozzi site (Jock Zonfrillo’s Italian wine and snack bar), MUM CHA is decidedly different to its previous host.
Led by the team behind wine bar Mother Vine, MUM CHA will mark the East End’s very first dumpling bar. Michael Andrewartha, Frank Hannon Tan, Paddy Madden and Pablo Theodorosith have more than 100 years combined experience in managing and owning bars, so MUM CHA seems to be in very safe hands.
Current Mother Vine managers, Paddy Madden and Kwan Yi Ying (Connie), will step into the respective roles as MUM CHA’s General Manager and Executive Chef.
Connie was raised in Hong Kong and has been in Adelaide for ten years, with the Mother Vine team sponsoring her through the process of becoming an Australian resident. Connie finished as dux of Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School.
“Her heritage and skill set bring out the best from Hong Kong style of food and she makes the best dumplings in Adelaide, without a shadow of a doubt,” says Andrewartha of Connie. “There will be a number of dumplings daily on our menu and these will constantly evolve.”
MUM CHA will also offer a Yum Cha element, as well as an extensive selection of teas.
“We’re serving food, that until now we had to cross town to find, there was a gap in the market for this style cuisine and we have brought it to the East End,” says Hannon-Tan.
In terms of the drinks department, Theodoros says MUM CHA will have, “a tight little list focusing on wines we think suit the casual style we want to offer at MUM CHA.”
Wines will be sold both by glass and bottle, and beer, including Tsingtao, will also be avaliable.
“We wanted to create a new offering,” says Madden. “Who doesn’t love a dumpling?”
Tuesday – Saturday 11:30am – late
MUM CHA is now open, find them at 279 Rundle Street and check out the Facebook page here.