Freshwater Dumpling & Noodle House

1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
Freshwater Dumpling & Noodle House +

Hannah Katalbas Barbecue jackfruit bao buns


  • Wed.-Mon., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Lunch, Snack Food

We all associate Susan Feniger with the Border Grill brand and Mexican food. But her new concept with partner Kajsa Alger, Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House in the Chinese Garden of the Huntington Library, pays homage to her trips to China. The new cuisine and locale are just another example of Feniger's exciting evolution. Inspired by her breakfasts and strolls through the market in Fuzhou, the lunch-only café in the serene Freshwater Pavilion offers authentic dumpling and noodle dishes from China, Nepal and Mongolia. Because much of the menu is locally crafted and contains products raised by small, locally owned food businesses using environmentally responsible practices, items are seasonal. Some favorites are pork and water cabbage dumplings, crispy Shanghai-style mushroom spring rolls and Tianjin noodles. Vegan and gluten-free items are clearly marked. If you get the black pepper shrimp with broccoli and jasmine rice, be sure to order a lychee lemonade or Huntington signature iced tea to wash it down. The cafe is family-friendly and doesn't require reservations. —Michele Stueven.

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