Brother Luck exhibits happiness at his latest restaurant in Colorado Springs Arts and leisure

Lucky Dumpling Fusion Restaurant is one of the restaurants to try during Pikes Peak Restaurant Week. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

It was a coincidence that Brother Luck was the first face I saw when I walked into Lucky Dumpling, his newest restaurant. I remembered my first encounter with his kitchen in the same room many years ago and culinary experiences.

Lucky Dumpling is located on the eastern edge of downtown in the former Triple Nickel Tavern. The bar vibe has gone and in its place is a fun, hip Asian fusion restaurant that I struggled with not ordering everything on the menu.

Make sure you bring plenty of food companions with you as this is the best way to try the widest variety. Our server was very familiar with the menu which was helpful, but his timing was wrong when it came to being fully busy. He failed to ask for drinks while filling our water glasses. He also didn’t offer wonton chips until our orders came to the table. Yes, they are small things, but they make a difference. He’s been training a new server and I can only hope she doesn’t follow suit. Although she will benefit from his knowledge of the kitchen, we really appreciated it.

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The menu is divided into several sections: dumplings, bowls, small bites, large plates and sweets.

The handful of dumpling options offer a range of flavors and fillings. Each order consists of six beautifully steamed, cream-colored dumplings with pinched sides. We started with the ginger pork chives which arrived in a bowl that was partially filled with a fine fish broth (dashi) to dip. The shredded Thai basil was a nice touch. We decided to try the green curry shrimp dumplings ($ 9) as well. These contained a coconut and lime broth with habanero jam that went well with the shrimp enclosed in the soft light green crescent shapes.

Lucky Dumpling Fusion Restaurant

Lucky Dumpling Fusion Restaurant (Located at: 26 S. Wahsatch Ave.) “Mochi Butter Cake with Avocado Rice Bowl” Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

The avocado bowl caught my attention thanks to the list of ingredients which, in addition to the namesake, also includes mango, sticky rice, and shitake mushrooms. It was much more than that. A rainbow display of sliced ​​radishes, cucumbers, jalapenos and carrots with black and gold sesame seeds made this the most photogenic dish we had. However, it was more about looks than taste. Somehow it didn’t all come together, maybe because the mango wasn’t fully ripe and the rice wasn’t that sticky.

Lucky Dumpling Fusion Restaurant

Lucky Dumpling Fusion Restaurant (Located at: 26 S. Wahsatch Ave.) Green Curry Shrimp Dumplings Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

After seeing a couple of plates of chicken and dumplings ($ 13) I know I will definitely order next time. The golden pieces of fried chicken, dumplings and bao bun were eye catching.

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We tried the bao rolls ($ 8). Pork belly, cucumber slices, radishes, and carrots in puffed bread were surprisingly fluffy and the order of two could easily have been doubled for maximum enjoyment.

Also on the side of the small bites is the dish that Luck sent home from his stay in the 15th season of “Top Chef”: His not so German egg rolls (8 US dollars). These crispy egg rolls with duck confit, cabbage schnitzel and apple and egg rolls with a duck fat mayonnaise (which tastes much better than it sounds) are absolute winners.

We haven’t tried any great plate options. My next visit will again include the Gochujang beef short ribs ($ 20), Szechuan beef, and lemongrass shrimp campi ($ 15).

The desserts include several mochi, a Japanese, sticky short-grain rice cake, as a base. The mochi butter cake ($ 5) was a dense, slightly sweet pound cake. The texture is off-putting in that it is tougher than what would be expected in a butter cake, but the taste is satisfactory.

Overall, our meal at Lucky Dumpling was our luck.


Address: 26 S. Wahsatch Ave.

Contact: 418-5843;

Restaurant character: Asian fusion restaurant

Overall rating: 4.33 out of 5 forks

Food: 4.75 out of 5 forks

Ambience: 4.5 out of 5 forks

Service: 3.75 out of 5 forks

Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed on Sundays)

Starters: $ 7- $ 20

Alcohol: yes

Credit cards: yes

Vegan options: yes

Outdoor dining: yes

Gluten-free options: Yes

Wi-Fi: yes

Facebook: Yes

What’s online from August 14th ?:

• No votes on Foursquare

• 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 84 reviews on TripAdvisor

• No votes on Zomato

• 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 7 reviews on Yelp

Excellent rating on April 29th from El Paso County Public Health.

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