Red Door Antiques and Yum Cha Café
Dumplings you were never supposed to find out about
How good is it when you find something you’re not supposed to! Red Door Antiques and Yum Cha Café. The owner likes to keep it quiet. Tucked away in McIlwrick Street, Windsor, Red Door serves an array of dumplings and a small but appealing selection of other dishes. No fried food. Nothing that isn’t healthy and appealing. Tastes which are fresh, complex and subtle.
The unusual bit. You sit on Chinese antique furniture, most of which is beautiful and for sale. No two tables are alike. You could be at a high table with carved chairs, cross-legged on cushions inside an authentic small pagoda, or at the expansive shared table. The intriguing atmosphere is appreciated by a devoted and diverse clientele. Except they tend to be local and regular. While we were there a group came in calling out, “Can we go over there, Sandra, and we’re happy with whatever you bring us.”
Sandra is coy about her surname. Her employees don’t know it. Seriously. Sandra spent years ‘in real China, not Hong Kong’. Apart from that she can’t see any reason to know more. And why would you want to when the food and the prices are this good? BYO wine, minimal corkage, and two different beers for sale including Tsingtao.
No website. We’re trying to be inconspicuous here. And if you ring 9510 9658 to make a booking they may just say booked out, true or not. Next time you’re near turn up anyway. You might get the table we had, an ancient, patina-rich, low table with comfy carved arm chairs, near an air conditioner with a beautifully serene smiling Buddha sitting on top. Smiling almost as broadly as you’ll be.