I was always convinced that I wasn’t “into” dim sum and gyozas until my first visit to this mecca of Asian inspired cuisine. Between the tunes, the sound staff and the delicious sharing plates, I knew that this would be a place I came back to time and time again.
At that time, Lucky T was located in an old café in Ranelagh, so you can only imagine how much better the dining experience will be now that they have their own venue.
One of the first things I noticed, and one of the biggest changes of course, was the interior. They finally have a space that reflects their brand. Upon entering, you’ll spot their logo, a gold origami-like tortoise. Inside, it’s pretty cosy. There’s a handful of tables on the ground floor and then a bench area with about six stools for solo eaters. The décor is simple but effective – dark walls, trendy hanging lights and plants on every ledge.
The menu includes all of the favourites from their usual dim sum menu – miso soup, okonomiyaki, siu mai, as well as some brand new editions such as baozi and rice rolls.
The baozi are savage – try them with some of the signature hoisin mayo.
When I asked owner Thom about what makes Lucky Tortoise unique he said:
“Everything is made from scratch. It’s high quality, handmade and made with Irish produce. Where else would you find Asian inspired food with entirely Irish produce?”