Authentic Shanghai dumplings here in Brisbane? Yep, and you can actually watch them being made through generous glass windows facing directly onto Grey Street. Bamboo Basket (what a cute name) is a modern yum cha restaurant serving Northern Chinese style cuisine. Bamboo Basket's specialty is Xiao Long Bao (literally Little Dragon Buns), which are steamed Shanghai style pork dumplings with soup filling. I highly recommend trying these, but keep your serviette handy because the soup filling might just spurt everywhere.
They also serve unusual "Lanzhou style hand pulled noodles" in many flavours and styles - hot, cold, stir fried, tofu, chicken, pork, duck. Other Northern specialties from the Bamboo Basket kitchen include Traditional Peking Duck and Shandong Pork Dumplings.
Yum Cha literally means "drink tea" in Cantonese and usually yum cha restaurants are chaotic places with trolleys crashing around. Bamboo Basket is an elegant, quiet-ish space which has added a refreshing modern twist to traditional yum cha, with take away and a la carte menu options. The bi-lingual menu is easy to understand with mouth watering photos to help with the decision making process. Unlike many yum cha restaurants, they have designed the menu with vegetarians and gluten free diets in mind.
This place is pretty good, been there 3-4 times now. The last time we went the food was average, maybe they forgot to add something to the chicken and corn soup but tasted watery, but otherwise everything we've had there has been excellent. They are also quite helpful when choosing from the menu, and in my experience they always bring the food out quite quickly.
The restaurant sounds interesting and I'll have to try it, but I was confused by your article is it Northern Chinese Style food or Shanghai Style food because it's very different. Maybe both? Well I can't wait to try it.