Melbourne Restaurants

ShanDong Mama Mini, Melbourne

Tucked in Centre Place laneway in Melbourne is ShanDong Mama Mini, a colourful hole in the wall eatery serving pan-fried dumplings and craft beer.

ShanDong Mama Mini, MelbourneShanDong Mama Mini

Squeeze along the tiny tables that remind you of Paris cafes for some tasty dumplings and meals to share.

ShanDong Mama Mini, MelbourneLittle Rachel Seafood Dumplings

Little Rachel Seafood Dumplings ($10.80 for 7) pack a tasty mixture of prawns, calamari and salmon seasoned with chives, sesame oil and Chinese cabbage.

ShanDong Mama Mini, MelbourneMackerel Fish

The house special pan fried Mackerel fish dumplings ($12.80 for 7) contains a silky  mousse of fresh mackerel fillet mixed by hand with coriander, ginger and chives, a traditional recipe from the coastal city of Yan Tai in Shandong province.

ShanDong Mama Mini, MelbourneStewed Pork Belly Bun

Stewed Pork Belly Buns ($4.5) come in fluffy bao with crunchy peanuts. Add your favourite craft beer from the likes of Australian Brewery or Holgate.

Shandong Mama Mini serves tasty and affordable food in a casual and cheerful atmosphere. This is a find if you stumble  upon it, but now that you know, go and seek it out. Chef Neil Perry recently listed it in Where to Get Australia’s Best-Value Asian Street Food in Quisine, the QANTAS Inflight Magazine.

Shandong Mama Mini
Shop 5, Centre Place
258-260 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.