Looking for the best yum cha or dim sum in Singapore? From restaurants with dim sum pushcarts and trolleys, to sumptuous hotel dim sum buffets, & kid-friendly options, we’ve got you covered…
What are the best dim sum restaurants in Singapore? Where can you find dim sum pushcarts and all-you-can-eat dim sum buffets? We round up all the best dim sum restaurants in Singapore, from the Michelin-starred to those with old-school dim sum trolleys, to new Chinese restaurants, from those with kids’ entertainment, to posh hotel dim sum restaurants, the cheap and casual and those that go against tradition and serve dim sum for dinner, not just lunch!
Update: Due to the current pandemic always call ahead to make a restaurant booking and to check that the usual dim sum service is being offered.
First, a bit of clarification between “Dim Sum” and the commonly used “Yum Cha”. Yum Cha literally means “to drink tea” and so describes the act of drinking tea whether it be in the morning or more commonly in the afternoon. Dim sum – which literally means “to touch the heart” – refers to the collection of small Chinese bites, often steamed and fried dumplings. So you will most likely be eating dim sum when you yum cha!
Weekend Dim Sum Buffets
Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo within the Pan Pacific at Marina Bay mixes authentic Cantonese cuisine with fusion accents. The dim sum buffet ($60.80 per adult / $30.40 per child from 6-11 years old) features more than 50 delicate handmade dim sum creations and signature a la carte delicacies by new Executive Chef Ben Zeng and his team. Think specialties such as Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun with Black Truffles, Steamed Pork and Prawns Dumplings with Fish Roe, Double-boiled Mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall with Morel Mushrooms, and Braised Classic Whole Abalone and Beancurd. Get your cameras ready for the animal-shaped dim sum on Hai Tien Lo’s a la carte menu. Kids (and the young at heart) will love the Deep-fried Thousand Layer Swan Puff with Prawn Paste, Minced Chicken, Mushrooms and Foie Gras as well as the Deep-fried Potato with Duck Meat and Mushrooms which look just like little ducklings!
Level 3, Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Tel: (+65) 6826 8240, www.panpacific.com
The beautiful Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental Singapore Hotel has been designed with Feng Shui in mind and offers modern Cantonese. Dim sum favourites include Crispy Wasabi-Aioli Prawns with fresh mango and tobiko, Steamed Juicy Pork Xiao Long Bao ($7) and delicious Steamed Kurobuta Char Siew in Fluffy Bao ($7). Or plump for their weekend dim sum brunch buffet at $68 for adults, $40 kids 7-11, while lucky kiddos aged 6 and under dine for free!
5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039801, Tel: (+65) 6885 3538, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/fine-dining/cherry-garden
Upscale Golden Peony on the third level of the Conrad Centennial Hotel offers a la carte Dim Sum by Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung. Look out for the Phoenix Feet with X.O. Chilli Sauce ($5.80), Roast ‘Char Siew’ ($12) and the Char Siew’ Bo Luo Bao ($6.80). There’s even a special selection for kids here (all $4.80), like the Shrimp Toast and Chicken Bun.
2 Temasek Blvd, Level 3, Conrad Centennial Hotel, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6432 7482, website
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel delights with its duck egg blue colour palette and exquisite forest bird wallpaper. It’s $62 per person for a weekday Dim Sum Set Lunch (minimum of 2 persons) with dishes like Blue Pea Wild Mushrooms Dumplings, Deep-Fried Lobster Dumplings with Superior Golden Broth and Steamed Grouper with Ginger Flower and Fermented Black Bean Sauce while on the weekends there’s the Jade’s Weekend Yum Cha at $50 per person (minimum of 2 persons).
1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178, Tel: (+65) 6733 8388, www.fullertonhotels.com
Peony Jade Restaurant
Peony Jade Restaurant specializes in Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, and has two branches – one perched upon the Singapore River at Clarke Quay and the other at the Keppel Club. Dim Sum brunch starts at an affordable $29.90 (for 3 persons and above) and features light green Pandan Liu Sha Bao fragrant with pandan, Deep-fried Prawns in Creamy Yolk and mains of Roasted duck. Kids will love the Piggies Char Siu Bao ($7.50 for 3) of honey glazed BBQ pork inside bao that are decorated like little pigs.
10 Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club, Singapore 109918, Tel: (+65) 6276 9138, www.peonyjade.com
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant within Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel wows with dramatic black and gold walls and booth seats fashioned as jewel boxes. Dim sum is available for weekday lunches and on weekends, there’s the dim sum buffet starting from $68. Favourites include the steamed shrimp dumpling with black truffle ($6/two pieces), crispy mango prawn in rice roll ($6.50), and the deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Lychee and Special Mayonnaise ($5.50/two pieces)
320 Orchard Road, 3F Marriott Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6831 4615, www.singaporemarriott.com
Yan Ting at The St. Regis Singapore is a sophisticated restaurant that always impresses in appearance. We love the booth seats for a more intimate lunch. Dim sum is served from 10:30am, so this is a good option if you have little kids that need to stick to their post-lunch naptimes. Their dim sum buffet starts at $128 with tea and extends up to $198 to include Champagne, wine and beer. Dim Sum ranges from Black Truffle Siew Mai and XL Xiao Long Bao to Steamed Chicken Claw in Black Bean Sauce, plus a huge choice of mains from Chicken Claypot, to Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Lily Bulbs to Steamed Scallops with Beancurd in XO Sauce.
29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6506 6887, www.yantingrestaurant.com
Dim Sum Pushcarts/Dim Sum Trolleys
Min Jiang in the elegant Goodwood Park Hotel serves Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine and is a good place to head to for the traditional pushcart trolley experience, served every lunch on weekdays and weekends. If you are looking for something a bit different, you can even dine alfresco by the pool and have the pushcarts come to you. Seek out their Steamed ‘Dou Miao’ Dumpling ($4.80), Mini Black Charcoal Egg Custard Buns ($4.20), Fried Teochew Chives Pancake ($12.80) and Deep Fried Scallop Kataifi ($4.80) along with all the classics like Steamed BBQ Pork Buns $4.20) and Har Kau’ ($4.80) from their dim sum trolleys.
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, Tel: (+65) 6730 1704, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/min-jiang
Red Star is one of the old boys when it comes to traditional dim sum pushed around, table-to-table in old-style pushcarts by aunties that roam the room and take personal offense when you don’t grab their offering. Decor may lack in fancy aesthetics and the dim sum standards are not as high as competitors but this place oozes old school tradition so they are forgiven. Expect queues. NB: Tables are now socially distanced and aunties are donning masks.
#07-23 54 Chin Swee Road, Singapore 160054, Tel: (+65): 6532 5266, www.redstarrestaurant.com.sg
Kid-Friendly Dim Sum Restaurants
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a crowd pleaser and great for dim sum beginners given there is not so much choice as to be overwhelming. Grab your self-order chit and pen down the classic Pork Xiao Long Bao (or spring for the steamed Steamed Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao at $9.50 for 10 pieces or $6.80 for 6). Other highlights include Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing, Wanton Noodles, and Egg Fried Rice. Don’t miss their Sesame Bao — these fluffy white buns are filled with sweet nutty black sesame paste so the kids love them too (perfect for dessert). Kids are entertained by watching the dim sum chefs preparing dumplings with lighting speed at the viewing counters (always a good distraction while you are braving the queues).
Din Tai Fung, multiple locations. See website for details
Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine
Restaurant group Imperial Treasure started in 2004 and now has over 23 restaurants under its brand. They have a team of culinary Hong Kong chefs who prepare dim sum daily. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck at Paragon is where to head when a craving for Peking duck sets in. Plus, with Paragon’s indoor play area the kids can burn off some steam before or after lunch. There are cute booth seats in one of the dining rooms but you’ll need to reserve these ahead of time as it is always busy. Dim sum ranges from Prawn Cheong Fun ($7) to Diced Scallop Soup Dumpling ($8) to Fried Carrot Cake with XO sauce ($12).
Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-42/45, 290 Orchard Road, Tel: (+65) 6732 7838, See website for other locations, www.imperialtreasure.com
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Mitzo is one of the only Dim Sum Brunches where there’s a kids’ room (organised activities, colouring and TV) to entertain your little darlings while you chow down on elegant bites in relative peace. Midweek there’s the dim sum set lunch at $28 — three courses comprising 10 different types of dim sum, double-boiled soup and dessert. Mitzo also does dim sum weekend brunch in style with their all-you-can-eat ($68) spread of 50 types of dishes from seafood delicacies to dim sums, roasts, wok dishes and desserts, plus all-you-can-booze (extra $60) cocktails, Veuve Clicquot champagne, wines, and beers. Children under 6 dine free; 6 to 12-year-olds enjoy 50% off.
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, Tel: (+65) 6603 8855, www.mitzo.sg
Trendy Dim Sum Spots
ChoPSuey Cafe in Dempsey Hill, with its leafy alfresco area and its imposing black and white decor that the PS Gourmet brand is recognised by, makes a super dim sum spot. Dim sum here is lunchtime on weekdays, brunch on weekends. The menu is Anglo-Chinese (think Pad Thai in salad form, and Sweet and Sour Fish and Chips) and their dim sum ranges from Crispy Lobster Wontons ($15) to steamed Chicken and Chive ($8), sumptuous Orange Duck ($9), and Sticky Rice Dumplings ($10). Plus the Brit faves of Prawn Toasties ($16) and Shredded Duck Pancakes ($29).
Block 10, Dempsey Road, #01-23, Singapore 247700, Tel: (+65) 9224 6611, www.pscafe.com/chopsuey-cafe-at-dempsey-hill
Grand Shanghai is back after a refurb. As well as a new look (art-deco-inspired interiors with 1930s memorabilia) there’s a new menu and unique dining concept inspired by the “Old Shanghai” of the 1930s. Chef Jacky Tang cooks up Shanghainese specialties and dim sum. Get your cameras ready for the “Light and Shadow” Crispy Duck ($28) – an inventive take on duck where thin shavings of crispy duck with hints of wasabi are hung on a tree of spun sugar to pick off with your chopsticks. A stage is set up for dinner when traditional Chinese music and jazz will be playing.
Grand Shanghai, 390 Havelock Road, Level 1 King’s Centre, Singapore 169662, Tel: (+65) 6836 6866, www.grandshanghai.com.sg
Full of Luck Club, tucked away in Holland Village, is a modern dim sum spot where you’ll find Duck Spring Roll with Hoisin Sauce ($7.5) and Pulled Pork Spring Rolls with Yuzu Chilli Sauce ($7.50) alongside claypot rice, noodles and mains. They have a bao counter, too, offering fluffy buns ($6) of Kung Pao Fried Chicken to Panko-crusted Portobello in teriyaki mayo sauce with carrot cabbage slaw and grilled pineapples. Desserts are pleasingly modern with Western influences; think Matcha Creme Brûlée ($8.50) and Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream Fried Bao ($6.50).
243 Holland Avenue, Tel: (+65) 6208 6845, www.fullofluck.club
Straight from Hong Kong, Social Place brings its Instagrammable décor and playful dim sum to Forum Mall. Think Black Charcoal Custard Buns ($8.80) dusted with gold; Deep Fried Lobster Glutinous Puffs ($7.80); and Truffle Shiitake ($6.80) buns masquerading as mushrooms. For dessert, pull out your spoons and get spanking the custard piglet Small Pig Pudding ($6.80 per piece); or try the pretty Mahjong Jelly ($6.80). Other dishes to try include the Sweet & Sour Pork on Ice ($24.80) — cubes of fried pork coated in sweet and sour sauce hidden in a mound of smoking dry ice alongside mini spheres of melons and Flamin-ple’ ($28) a whole pineapple is served tableside, then set aflame.
#01-22 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, www.socialplace.sg
Shang Social is the first standalone dining establishment by the Shangri-La Group, paying tribute to Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan cuisine. It makes a great spot for dim sum at Jewel after you have admired that amazing waterfall. The extensively curated menu conceptualised by three of Shangri-La’s highly acclaimed master chefs features traditional and contemporary interpretations of Chinese cuisine that stay true to their authentic flavours and roots. Shang Social consists of a formal dining space, the casual MRKT, and bar. Dim sum is only served at lunch, opt for the platter of 5 dim sum or dig into the unmissable Signature Pan Fried Bun with Pork ($5.80 each), a plump parcel that is steamed then fried so that the dumpling is part soft, part crunchy and filled with piping hot juicy pork.
Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, #01-219 to 222 Singapore 819666, Tel: (65) 6346 0260, www.shangsocial.com
Madame Fan is a fine-dining Chinese restaurant with multiple private and VIP rooms helmed by acclaimed London-based restaurateur Alan Yau (the man behind world-famous Hakkasan). Tables are smaller than the usual Chinese placements, making this low lit plush striking red and black dining room more of an intimate affair. There are private dining rooms with larger table seatings if needed. It is worth knowing that children under 12 are only allowed to dine during lunchtime. Classic dim sum is served here like Scallop Shumai ($18), Siew Long Bao ($8) and Har Gau ($9) alongside signature dishes of Double Boiled Four Treasure Soup with Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw, Dried Scallop and Crabmeat ($36), and Crispy Aromatic Duck, with pancake ($38/half).
32 Beach Road, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764, Tel: (+65) 68181921, www.madamefan.sg
Min Jiang has relocated from One North Rochester Park to Dempsey – and this new restaurant is a real beauty with bright interiors offset with plenty of natural woods and rattan. There’s also a new menu by award-winning Master Chef Goh Chee Kong offering fine dining Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines. The handmade dim sum are worth a special mention. Steamed ‘Goldfish’ Prawn Dumplings ($4.80/ea) are almost too wonderful to eat – little goldfish dim sum ‘swimming’ in a delicate egg white sauce. Don’t miss the shocking naturally blue Steamed Blue Pea Truffle Vegetable Dumplings, and the clever Steamed Crabmeat, Prawn and Vegetable Dumplings shaped like a stingray amongst the selection in the Deluxe Dim Sum Platter ($38). If you are feeling flush splash out on Stewed Noodles with Lobster ($118) and Legendary Wood-Fired Beijing Duck ($118/whole duck) where the duck is carved tableside and served with crepes and condiments (or if you are hankering after shredded duck pancakes order the Crispy Silver Hill Duck).
7A and 7B Dempsey Rd, Tel: (+65) 67740122, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com
Michelin-Starred Dim Sum Restaurants
Award-winning restaurant group Crystal Jade has a phenomenal amount of outlets (over 110) across the region. While Crystal Jade Prestige is one of their newest outlets located at Marina Bay Financial Centre with super views of Marina Bay, it is their Crystal Jade Golden Palace that’s earned itself a Michelin Star. Dim sum is classic Cantonese and they do all the favourites of Har Kau ($6.80) and Char Siew Bao ($5.80). At Crystal Prestige try their Prestige Signature Dim Sum platter ($11.80 per portion of 4 items), (pictured) available on weekends and their Signature Oven Roasted Baby Spanish Suckling Pig with French mustard ($148 for whole pig, 1 day advance order) which is served in a similar style to Peking duck with the Chinese pancakes. Crystal Jade Golden Palace Restaurant at Paragon also has the indoor mall playground which is popular with little ones before or after lunch.
290 Orchard Road, Paragon #05-22, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6734 6866, www.crystaljade.com
Lei Garden has two branches — one in Orchard, and the other at Chijmes housed in a colonial building that looks onto the central green lawn. The dim sum menu is expansive; must orders include the Roasted Pork Belly Siew Yuk ($16.80) of crackling skin and juicy tender meat, cheong fun with bbq pork ($5), Chocolate Swirl Baos filled with Salted Egg Custard ($4.30) and their Crab Roe Soup Dumpling.
Summer Palace at Regent Singapore has been awarded a Michelin Star for its authentic Cantonese fare. There’s a weekday set ($60 pp/min 4 to dine) pairs dim sum with fragrant Chinese teas. Chef Leong Kwok Sing’s repertoire of signature dim sum creations like Steamed Prawn Dumplings with Bird’s Nest, Steamed Pork Dumplings with Dried Scallops alongside mains of Chef’s Signature Roasted Meat Platter. Every month there’s a special new dim sum creation to look out for. Interestingly Summer Palace also offers a gluten-free menu.
1 Cuscaden Road, 3rd Floor, The Regent Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6725 3288, www.regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining
Tim Ho Wan, which started as a humble ‘hole-in-the-wall’ eatery in Hong Kong, now has one Michelin-star and several branches in Singapore. When they first opened at Plaza Singapura queues were ridiculous, but as the hype has died down, so have queue times (there are now 11 locations in total spread out across the island). The set up is fast-casual dining. Big hits from their menu include the Baked Char Siew Bun – crisp on the outside, soft inside and filled with sweet char siew meat and sauce – and their thinly wrapped Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp plus their pan-fried carrot cake.
68 Orchard Rd, #01-29A, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839, Tel: (+65) 6251 2000, www.timhowan.com
Restaurants Serving Dim Sum at Dinner
Sum Yi Tai
Sum Yi Tai is more of a drinking den of a designer bar than restaurant though dim sum does feature on its “Chinese Tapas” dinner menu. If you’re looking for dim sum with a difference, eating Maple Honey Glazed Char Siew ($12), King Prawn Wantons Tossed in Chili ($15) and Golden Salted Egg Squid Tentacles ($15) on a conservation shophouse roof top with old Canto-pop tunes playing in the background should do the trick.
25 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069622, Tel: (+65) 6221 3665, www.sumyitai.com
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
Old school Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant is one of a few select places that serve dim sum at night. This casual restaurant serves Cantonese and Shanghainese dim sum at affordable prices. Look out for the Swee Choon mee suah kueh ($2) – a vermicelli crispy cake – plus fluffy char siew bao (three for $1.80) and the chilli oil soused chao shou (four for $3.50).
183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882, Tel: (+65) 6225 7788, www.sweechoon.com
Even More Dim Sum Restaurants
Part of the Paradise empire, Canton Paradise at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands serves popular dim sum like the Steamed Rice Rolls with Preserved Turnip Filling ($5.20), while kids will love their Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Buns ($6.80/3 pieces) (pictured). For dessert, Steamed White Chocolate with Walnut Charcoal Bun ($2.90/piece), are buns made with bamboo charcoal powder and filled with premium white chocolate. Hot Tip: Paradise Gourmet Rewards members can get 30%-40% off Yum Cha (Dim Sum, Congee & Noodles) at certain Canton Paradise outlets weekdays, 3pm to 5pm.
2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-02 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972 Tel: (+65) 6688 7052, www.paradisegp.com
Asia Grand is on the ground floor of Odeon Towers and rolls out Hong Kong dim sum and Cantonese dishes of roast meats of Peking Duck ($38) and Suckling Pig. Try their Steamed Cheong-Fun with Dough Fritters ($8), Vinegar Pig Trotters and prawn-packed Hau Gau ($5.20)
331 North Bridge Road, #01-02 Odeon Towers, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720, Tel: (+65) 6887 0010, www.asiagrand.com.sg
Hua Ting is an old favourite for their Roast Meats of Crispy Duck ($45/half) and Suckling Pig. They have a Dim Sum Delights Executive Set Lunch at $35 (min 2) or go for a la carte to try their soft buttery Steamed Custard buns with Salted Egg Yolk ($4.80/3pc) and Steamed Xiao Long Bao stuffed with Crab Roe and Crab Meat ($6.30).
Level 2, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Tel: (+65) 6739 6666, www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/orchard-hotel-singapore/hua-ting-restaurant
Mouth Restaurant serves affordable dim sum from their much-raved-about Liu Sha Bun with salted egg custard filling to the interesting naturally coloured Rainbow Har Gao ($9.80) made using squid ink, spinach, sweet potato, pumpkin and other natural food colours.
01-61 China Square Central South Bridge Court Shophouse, 22 Cross Street, Singapore 048421, Tel: (+65) 6438 5798, www.mouth.com.sg
If you are looking for dim sum delivered to your door, hit up Mister Wu. There’s a selection of dim sum available form Truffle Xiao Long Bao to to Mentaiko Har Gao or plum for the Dim Sum Buffet ($69.90) but sometimes on sale at half price. This feast is self proclaimed as the first and only dim sum buffet experience that is available for delivery. Every Buffet Set comes with 1 piece of every single dim sum on our menu – that’s 18 different dim sum to enjoy on your sofa.
several locations, www.misterwu.sg
Peach Garden at Novena Gardens is the original branch (since 2002), but now there are seven more branches across Singapore. Peach Garden at OCBC Centre offers fine dining and spectacular views across Singapore River while the Thomson branch offers a la carte dim sum of traditional Barbecue Pork Pastry, XO Chilli Carrot Cake, Baked Egg Tarts and Steamed Shanghai Xiao Long Baos to Pig Trotters with vinegar.
301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-88, Singapore 574408, Tel: (+65) 6451 3233, www.peachgarden.com.sg
Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood is a Singapore institution established way back in 1976. There are three branches, with Clarke Quay being the newest. Rob Quay sees alfresco dining by the river and there are often promotions on dim sum from 20% to 40% off – check their website. Interesting dim sum include Chilli Crab Bun ($10/3 pcs), Truffle Wild Mushroom Dumplings ($6/3pcs), and their BBQ Pork Char Siew Crispy Bun ($6/3 pcs). Don’t miss their Spicy Seafood Combination Curry best eaten alongside fried or steamed mantou.
3C, River Valley Road, #01-02/03, #02-07/08, The Cannery, Singapore 179022, Tel: (+65) 6442 3112, www.redhouseseafood.com
Shin Yeh, part of the Tunglok group, offers Taiwanese dim sum which includes classics like Steamed Chive Dumpling ($4.20 for 3) and Steamed Shrimp Dumpling ($4.80/for 4), Try their “Eight Immortals” Dim Sum platter ($12) which consist of Steamed Chives Dumpling with Pork, Crystal Mixed Vegetables Dumpling, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, and Steamed Chicken Dumpling with Egg Plant, Turnip and Dried Shrimps.
177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Shopping Centre, #02-19, Tel: (+65) 6338 7337, www.tunglok.com/shin-yeh
Chef Leung Chi Man and his team of Hong Kong chefs serve modern dim sum at Song Garden in Mercure Hotel, a smart restaurant which boasts 7 private rooms. Classics are reinterpreted here: Pan-Seared Otah Siew Mai on Skewers ($6) of four meaty dumplings filled with spicy mackerel otah paste and prawn chunks and Steamed Cheong-fun with Fresh Prawn ($6) made in-house daily, served sliced with a signature homemade soya sauce.
Mercure Singapore Bugis, 122 Middle Road, #02-01, Singapore 188973, Tel: (+65) 6521 9299, www.mercure.com/A0D7
Taste Paradise (under the Paradise Group along with numerous other brands like Paradise Teochew and Paradise Dynasty) is a smartly decorated restaurant and a good non-hotel option for upscale dim sum. On the dim sum menu: naturally coloured xiao long bao (Shanghai steamed dumplings containing meat and soup) of 8 different flavours, from foie gras to garlic to cheese. Many diners also swear by their Buttery, flaky BBQ pork pastry (char siew bao).
#04-07 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, Tel: (+65) 6509 9660, www.paradisegroup.com.sg
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant on the second level of Carlton Hotel, with its white tablecloths and chandeliers, is a smart spot for dim sum and is also popular with families. They are known for their Baked Barbecue Pork Buns ($7.20 for four) and Steamed Crab Meat & Egg White Dumplings ($9.20 for four) along with crispy deep-fried yam rolls ($9.20 for four).
76 Bras Basah road, 2F Carlton Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6311 8188, www.carltonhotel.sg/dining/wah-lok-restaurant-singapore
Victor’s Kitchen at Sunshine Plaza is a ‘cheap and cheerful’ hole-in-the-wall type diner that serves Hong Kong-style dim sum with famed custard buns, Scallop and Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce ($4.80) and the ‘liquid gold’ salted egg bao liu sha bao ($4.8).
1 Bencoolen Street, #01-49 Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652, Tel: (+65) 98382851, www.victors-kitchen.com
Yàn is a good option for upscale Cantonese pre- or post a cultural visit to the National Gallery, as the restaurant sits on the 5th floor. For yum cha there’s Crispy Foie Gras, Celery and Mushroom Rolls ($6.8) and Pan-fried Singapore Chilli Crab Meat Buns ($9) while the Dim Sum Combination Platter ($18) features six bite-size delicacies from Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling topped with Fish Roe to Steamed Pork and Prawn Dumpling with Mini Abalone.
1 St. Andrew’s Road, #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, Tel: +65 63845585, www.yan.com.sg
Restaurant information is subject to change, please check with your chosen dim sum restaurant before booking.
Lead image credit: Chopsuey Cafe