I was spending the day at NC State recently and decided to try one of the restaurants on Hillsborough Street. Just past the round-a-bout on the corner of Hillsborough and Oberlin Road is David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar. Previously, this was the home of Red Hot and Blue, and later, Darryl’s.
When you walk in, the building has an Asian flair, the walls are simply decorated, mainly showing off the old brick walls, with murals of David Mao, the chef/owner and his food. There is a beautiful bar in the middle of the room, which is, apparently, the noodle bar, and the main dining room is back behind the bar. There are nice sized windows facing Hillsborough Street letting a lot of light into the room. David frequently can be seen at the front of the restaurant or at the noodle/beer bar where they serve many of their noodle dishes, including many Pho dishes, which I hear are great.
We decided to eat from the appetizer menu, mainly because we wanted to have some dumplings. We didn’t see any dumpling dishes on the main menu for lunch which was a bit surprising due to the name of the restaurant. I was happy to see the place setting included real chop sticks, not the kind you throw out. It gave the place a classy touch.
We started our meal with the Malaysian Chicken Curry with Indian Roti, which is served in a bowl with lots of mild yellow curry sauce made with coconut milk, and a few pieces of chicken, potatoes and onion. It is served with a fried bread, called roti that you use to scoop up the curry sauce and the chicken. The curry sauce was rich and creamy. It is a comforting dish.
Next we tried the Vietnamese spring rolls. They were small, tightly rolled and fried to a golden crisp. The dipping sauce, served on the side, was quite good. The spring rolls we had were vegetarian rolls. They were typical spring rolls, which tasted good, but were nothing that remarkable.
We were excited to try the dumplings because both of us were in the mood for dumplings, so we tried the half-fried dumplings that are made with ground pork and green onions. They were pretty good, and again had a nice tasting dipping sauce that had a soy sauce base to it. They reminded me of Chinese pot stickers.
We tried the edamame mushroom dumplings, which were really yummy. The dumplings are lightly fried and are also served with the same dipping sauce as the half-fried dumplings. The bright green edamame are chopped finely. You could tell they were made from scratch.
There are lots of Chinese stir-fry dishes on the menu and more noodle dishes than dumplings. What I could see that was coming out of the kitchen looked pretty good, so I think I need to come back to try more dishes some time soon.
The prices at David’s Dumplings and Noodle Bar were decent too. Most lunch entrées were about $7.50, and the appetizers were about $5.50 per dish.
David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar is located at 1900 Hillsborough Street and is open for lunch on Monday – Friday from 11:30 am – 2:30pm, and for dinner from Monday – Thursday from 5pm – 10pm; on Friday and Saturday from 5pm – 11pm and on Sunday from 12pm – 10pm. You can like them on Facebook.