So here's a duo of revisits........
I'd been wondering what was going with Dumpling Hut since they opened in June. During those visits, the quality control seemed lacking as was the service which was totally out of synch....all the "little things" seemed to have been missed. And while the folks here seemed really nice, they looked like they were totally out of their depth. I did make myself a promise to return to try the lamb jiaozi....so sooner was better than later, right?
Wow, this was really strange......while the place was quite busy during my previous visits; this time around the place was totally empty....during my entire meal! The state of Chinese cuisine in San Diego is quite interesting.....the old guard are loyal to the places that have been around a long time, even though the product is mediocre....but they have a problem with change. Other folks don't mind mediocre technique and products, so long the portion size is large. But it seems that everyone draws the line, and rightly so, at waiting 40 minutes plus for jiaozi, wrong orders, having to hunt down your own utensils and napkins (which I had to do on this visit though I was the only customer - my napkins were soiled by vinegar), and other problems, which is what I saw and experienced on my previous visits....though perhaps this visit was an exception and they do a booming business on other days (this was a Thursday 1115 am).
Anyway, my lamb jiaozi. As before, the jiaozi wrappers were decent.....
The lamb had a decent gamey flavor, but was really dry, tough, and gritty. It also needed a bit more flavor. This ain't even close to our favorite version of lamb jiaozi.
The attitudes, like before was very cordial and nice....though the execution of small things...like having napkins was lacking. It seems like there are no systems in place here. Too bad....... I'd hoped that they'd improve.
8046 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
Kwai Fei Chicken makes for a nice lunch.
Adding Macao Roast Pork shows lack of self control.......
And can lead to meat sweats and problems staying awake for afternoon meetings......
Bad move on my part....
Golden City Restaurant
5375 Kearny Villa Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123