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Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2005
This is a great concept but the food was poor. The dumplings were sitting too long in the steamers so they were soggy. I had the Thai chicken which didn't really taste very "thai" and the duck dumpling was so mushy. The dip sauce couldn't save them either as they were watery and bland. The biggest disappointment was the dessert dumpling. The mochi skin was dry and hard and the sesame seeds were a distraction. Stick with Chinatown. It won't be as disappointing or as expensive.
Posted by Paul Topping on 03/11/2005
I was very impressed with these light as air gyoza style dumplings. The green tea milkshake was yummy. Best of all, though, is the lightning fast service and cheery demeanor of the wonderful staff.
Posted by Coleen Fitzgerald on 03/10/2005
Try the Chicken & Thai Basil with Peanut Soup (Steamed Dumplings). It was Fantastic! Can't wait to go back & try something else. Surprised to see people are disappointed. Service is friendly, fast & courteous.
Posted by anonymous on 03/04/2005
As a Chelsea resident, I was looking forward to this new addition. On my first visit last week, I was very disapointed, in spite of the mobs waiting in line for their order. I suspected that they mostly newcomers too. Pros: 1) Pleasant, patient, friendly staff; 2) Line moves rather quickly. Cons: 1) Cannot mix dumplings; 2) Steamed shrimp dumplings fell apart and had no taste; 3) Soup tasted and smelled unpleasant. I would never have gone back, except I had already arranged to meet a friend there a week later. Decided I would order fried dumplings and no soup and give it a second chance. Fried pork dumplings were better and tastier than the steamed shrimp ones. Fried duck were not especially good and the sauce was too sweet. My friend had the fried shrimp and said they were tasty. I was glad to hear that, as the other day, I did not have that expereince. I also ordered edamame. They were served cold. The salt and pepper combo for dipping was excellent. Lemonade was good and fresh. This time, the owner came around to ask customers their opinion and seemed genuinely interested in our comments. Will I go back again? Not sure.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2005
Someone involved with this place must have pull because for all the press they've had, I couldn't have been less impressed. Expensive (for the quality) and bland.
Posted by Chop on 02/28/2005
I Love Dumplings. I really do. When I first read about Rickshaw, I couldn't wait for it to open. After trying it yesterday, I left completely unfulfilled. Strike One: They do not let you mix and match your dumplings. You have to order them in 6-packs minimum. Given that this place does nothing but dumplings, I would think they could figure out a way to let customers try the different varieties which one would think is half the fun of hitting a dumpling bar. Strike Two: The dumplings were weak at best. The dumpling skin was too thin and flimsy and the filling was extremely bland. I had my dumplings fried and on most of them, part of the skin had torn off in the searing process (that tells you how weak the skin is). For fillings, I tried the Peking duck, shrimp and pork. The duck was dry, the shrimp was tasteless and my local takeout dive Chinese joint has tastier pork. Strike Three: The dumpling sauces were nothing special. I tried the hoison (duck), miso (shrimp), soy-ginger (pork) and I tried the peanut as well. None of these sauces contained any extra zip of flavor or had anything unique about them. Overall, the only reason I didn't rate the food lower is because dumplings are almost never really bad. However, for a place that specializes in dumplings created by a chef that many are fond of, Rickshaw was a complete disappointment. Hopefully their soups and broths are better because that might be the optimal way to enjoy the dumplings.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2005
Very fast service. Great selection and easy to understand menu. Tasty and inexpensive food that is wonderful for the price. Try the wasabi shrimp dumplings!