Dim Well Cafe

Dim Well is a relatively new yum cha eatery located in the Gouger Street cafe precinct. The menu is your stock standard yum cha fare which is prepared as ordered. The place is relatively small with the tables close to each other. There’s no way a yum cha trolley is going to make its way through the cafe. The decor here is modern and funky, and the service is OK. Communication can be a problem at times so it helps to have a Chinese Mandarin speaker on hand.

BBQ PORK PASTRY – BBQ pork was nice and lean, and full of flavour. Pastry was soft and delicate, and fell apart when you grabbed it with a chopstick. I felt it could have spent a bit longer under the grill till the exterior was more firmer.

SHANGHAI DUMPLINGS – These are bought in frozen packs but were well cooked. A small amount of liquid was retained in each dumpling. Dumplings became stuck to the grease proof paper which indicated they didn’t oil the base enough.

DEEP FRIED PRAWN BALLS – Nice crunchy noodle coating with succulent prawn meat inside. Sweet and sour sauce was of a nice thick consistency.

SALT AND PEPPER SQUID TENTACLES – Dish was had the right amount of salt and pepper. Squid was over cooked. There was paper in one of the squid tentacles that I ate. I’m pretty lucky when it comes to finding weird things in my food.

Salt and Pepper Squid Tentacles
Salt and Pepper Squid Tentacles

VEGETARIAN DUMPLINGS – Vegetables were nice and crisp. Dumplings stuck to grease paper.

SCALLOP DUMPLINGS – Scallops were nice and juicy. Dumplings stuck to grease paper.

BBQ PORK BUNS – BBQ pork was nice and lean, and full of flavour. Steamed bun was soft and fluffy. Not bad.

CHIVE DUMPLINGS – Nice subtle flavours. Dumplings stuck to grease paper.

GINGER GLAZE DUMPLINGS – Never actually had this before. Quite nice. Not a fan of ginger but it’s OK when disguised.

PORK AND PRAWN DUMPLINGS – Well cooked. Dumplings stuck to grease paper.

PRAWN AND CHIVE RICE PASTY – The rice pasty was fresh and well cooked. Flavour was a little bland.

Prawn and Chive Rice Pasty
Prawn and Chive Rice Pasty

KING PRAWN DUMPLINGS – These are bought in frozen packs but were well cooked.

FRIED FIVE SPICY PORK ROLLS – Perfectly fried with a nice chewy texture. The filling had adequate flavour and balance.

There were times when it was difficult to get the attention of a waiter, but overall, the dining experience wasn’t too bad. They lose a star for the paper I found in my squid tentacles. It could have been worse. I could have found a hair. Certain not the best place for yum cha down Gouger Street.

WHERE: 82 Gouger St, Adelaide

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