If quirky was a place it would be here.
There are few places that I can think of where an assortment of dumplings sit equally at home on a menu boasting sliders & sausage rolls. But behind this unassuming shop front on Swan St that’s exactly what you’ll find. The site was formerly a florist shop (Iris) that served dumplings and coffee from a hole in the wall down the back (The Secret Squirrel) run by husband and wife team Nathan and Claire. They decided to close down the florist part of the business and focus on the food.
The dumplings are all home made and if you come after a busy lunch rush you may be limited for choice. They are all equally tasty so you are unlikely to be disappointed.
Chicken and Lemongrass
Pork and Cabbage
Veg, Shitake and Tofu
Pork and Prawn
The favoured way to have them is with your choice of vegetable or chicken broth – and at $1.50 per dumpling and $3 for the broth (including herbs and vermicelli noodles) you will consider the meal a steal.
It’s well known amongst locals who also come for the Coffee Supreme caffeine hit, homemade slices and a breakfast menu that takes you on a tour of Asia – Son in Law egg or Sth Korean BBQ pork omelette anyone?
Around the three communal benches inside is a mixture of stools worthy of any northside hipster retro fit out. A rear courtyard and some front pavement seating provide more space than you expect. It is the place to come for a quick breakfast or lunch with a couple of friends or to pop in by yourself and feel comfortably at home. The laid back, easy going vibe gives it a genuine ‘local’ feel and makes it a happy addition to the Swan St food scene.
There’s no pretence here. Just a quirky mix of things done well.
Iris and The Secret Squirrel
233 Swan St, Richmond