Ning Ma continues to make dumplings and noodles just as her grandparents did in Beijing in this small restaurant in the buzzing Brixton Village.
The menu is simple and tasty, with steamed dumplings coming with various fillings and big bowls of noodle soup topped with beef or tofu.
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Not just great dumplings, but great beef noodle soup as well!
This place is always full on the weekends - but with quick turnarounds, you'll get a table quickly. Tables are only 2-4 though, so large parties might find it tricky.
Service isn't a strong point with overstretched 1-2 waitresses, but you don't come here for the service, but for the excellent dumplings. There are three types on...more
Mama Lan makes goooooooooooood dumplings.
I can't really comment on the rest because we just had 4 types of dumplings then hobbled home. The service is nice and friendly though.more
I was ready to not like this place but the tofu noodles were good and the dumplings a nice treat.
The noodles are perfect when you are sitting out in the cold market - hot broth with a spicy kick. The criticisms I would have are that the preserved veg is slightly overcooked (the normal crunchy kick you get with them have been boiled away) and the tofu could be of better of quality but...more
Pretty much the number one reason to go to Brixton.
Cram yourself in a tiny table and order the dumplings. Don't bother doing anything stupid like sharing, get your own. GET TWO ORDERS. If I had my time at Mama Lan again I would just keep ordering plate after plate. They are that good.
And she's adorable too. That women knows how to crack out a plate of dumplings, I tell ya.
The Asian representative of Brixton Village Market.
Mama Lan is a small business with big flavours. I love that it's family owned and I even got the pleasure to see mama and papa Lan at work when I had my dumplings at the 'bar' table.
I've only had the dumplings here but I'm sure the other dishes are good. I always mean to try the other dishes but I'm just too taken with the dumplings to...more