photography by Kevin Hunter Marple

Review: Lumi Empanada and Dumpling Kitchen

Sleek and modern, youthful and quirky, Lumi Empanada and Dumpling Kitchen seems a perfect fit for Dallas’ Uptown district. Brother-and-sister owners An and Susie Bui take a bold culinary step by offering both Brazilian empanadas and Asian dumplings. Who can resist small hand-held pastries filled with comforting savories, regardless of their geographic source? The shaggy crumb crust on the empanadas seems odd, but they’re saved by flavorful fillings such as creamy mashed Yukon gold potato with scrambled beef. Dumplings are a better choice, from classic pork and chives to minced shrimp with fresh cilantro to the lively five-spice duck and leek, a staff favorite. Cocktails cross the globe, too, be it watermelon sake or a margarita perked up with ginger and lime.

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