Story and photos by Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
As reported here a few weeks ago, Dumplings of Fury is set to furiously serve several styles of dumplings to the masses tomorrow when the hotly anticipated restaurant officially opens for business at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Proprietor Ben Jenkins used a “soft open” Tuesday night to give his new venture a test run, giving a handful of Westsiders the chance to see the completed space and, more importantly, sample the food.
An abbreviated menu available Tuesday night offered guests not only a variety of dumpling options, but also revealed steamed-bun sandwiches and soup.
Patrons will also be able to indulge in strawberry or mango bubble tea, soft drinks, bottled beer, and wine served in cans.
The shop has minimal countertop seating, with eight bar stools inside the rather small space and another four small tables arranged for al-fresco dumpling eating. Considering the fairly quick preparation of the food, however, turnover of the seating should not be an enormous problem. Even so, orders Tuesday were conveniently packaged in fairly robust to-go containers.
Matt Siegel and Deborah Caul of Columbia City stumbled upon the restaurant opening via a “bit of serendipity” and managed to get a preview of what many West Seattle restaurant-goers have long been awaiting.
“It’s fresh, and hot, and a little bit different,” says Caul, who says the couple had come to The Junction to have dinner at Lee’s Asian Restaurant across the street, but learned too late that the Junction fixture is closed Tuesdays.
Siegel says the Xai Long Bao (soup dumpling) reminded him of wildly successful Taiwanese dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung and that, despite the 20-minute drive from Columbia City, he’d return for more. “I’d come over here before I’d go to Bellevue.”
West Seattleites Ashley Coulson and Stephanie Moores were instant fans of the restaurant, praising not only the food, but the assortment of wines, the quality of the table chili, and “the best people-watching” from the outdoor tables.
Dumplings of Fury – first mentioned here 11 months ago – will be open daily Wednesday through Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., 4302 SW Oregon. Jenkins says that extending hours later, particularly on weekends, is a possibility down the road.