Serious Dumpling

A seriously approachable experience of dumplings, literally etched on the walls and ceiling.

LOCATION
San Jose, CA

PROGRAM
Fast Casual Restaurant

STATUS
Built

COLLABORATORS
Ralph Lammers Construction.

Phebe Shen.

Chris Yeo Restaurant Group.

Serious Dumpling is a new fast-casual concept in San Jose, California, based on the ever popular dumpling cuisine from Shanghai. A specialty rarely seen outside of Shanghai, the XLB dumpling is a very technical dish to create. Our design concept celebrates and showcases the process of craft required to create these specialty dumplings, and allows the chef’s passion to become the star of the show. 

An open kitchen concept allows customers to directly engage with the production of dumplings, and gives them insight about the methods in which they are produced.

Dumplings have very distinct and recognizable forms, they are however, very malleable and handcrafted. Just like a clay that turns into ceramic, the dough is formed and folded by hand to a variety of shapes and forms. Inspired directly by the ingredients of dumplings and the process of handcrafting them, the process becomes tangible through design. A custom ceiling and lighting piece that guides the user through the space into the production area is a literal and visual mimicry of the ingredients used to make dumplings – the dough.

Serious Dumpling’s method of using traditional Chinese cooking techniques, combined with modern and eclectic flavors, is reflected in the space’s moody yet playful interior design. While the flavors may be bold and deep rooted, the experience will be “seriously” approachable.