We round up 10 restaurants with the best dim sum in Singapore, from the Michelin-starred to those with old-school pushcart trolleys, and posh hotel dim sum restaurants. Are you ready?
#1 Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo within the Pan Pacific at Marina Bay mixes classic Cantonese and contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine. Dim sum set meals for weekday lunches of all-you-can-eat dim sum comes with a choice of soup, mains and dessert.
What to try: Braised Pork Belly, mains of Steamed Freshwater Fish with Chilli and Garlic & Diced Beef with Asparagus in Black Pepper Sauce.
Address: Level 3, Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
Tel No: (+65) 6826 8240
VLV, set in a heritage building along the Singapore riverfront, is part Chinese restaurant and part Club Lounge, with an al fresco courtyard bar and riverfront dining. Executive chef Martin Foo is behind the Cantonese cuisine where there’s a weekend dim sum brunch buffet which includes nine cooking stations (hightail it to the Peking Duck station).
What to try: Crackling Pork Belly, Singapore Chilli Crab buns and Kurobuta ‘Siew Mai’.
Address: #01-02 Merchant’s Court, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
Tel No: (+65) 6661 0197
#3 Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a crowd pleaser and great for dim sum beginners because there is not so much choice as to be overwhelming. 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.
What to order: Sesame Bao, Steamed Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao, Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing and Egg Fried Rice.
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There are two branches of Chop Suey Cafe, including one at Robertson Quay (Martin No. 38), but our favourite is the Dempsey Hill location with its leafy alfresco area and its imposing black and white decor that the PS Gourmet brand is recognised by. Dim sum here is served during lunchtime on weekdays, and brunch on weekends.
What to try: Pad Thai Salad with Poached Prawns, Sweet & Sour Fish and Chips, Orange Duck Dumplings, Prawn Toasties, and Shredded Duck Pancakes.
Address: Block 10, Dempsey Road, #01-23, Singapore 247700
Tel No: (+65) 9224 6611
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.
What to try: Har Kau, Char Siew Bao, Prestige Signature Dim Sum platter, and the Signature Oven Roasted Baby Spanish Suckling Pig with French Mustard.
Address: Crystal Jade Golden Palace, 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #05-22, Singapore 238859
Tel No: (+65) 6734 6866
#6 Song Garden
Chef Leung Chi Man and his team of Hong Kong chefs serve modern dim sum at the newly opened Song Garden in Mercure Hotel, a smart restaurant which boasts seven private rooms.
What to try: Pan-Seared Otah Siew Mai on Skewers, and the Steamed Cheong-fun with Fresh Prawn.
Address: Mercure Singapore Bugis, 122 Middle Road, #02-01, Singapore 188973
Tel No: (+65) 6521 9299
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.
What to try: Swee Choon Mee Suah Kueh, Vermicelli Crispy Cake, and the Char Siew Bao.
Address: 183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
Tel: (+65) 6225 7788
#8 Asia Grand
Asia Grand is on the ground floor of Odeon Towers and rolls out dim sum and much-loved roast meats. So simple and delicious!
What to try: Peking Duck, Suckling Pig, Steamed Cheong-Fun with Dough Fritters, Vinegar Pig Trotters, and Hau Gau.
Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #01-02 Odeon Towers, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
Tel No: (+65) 6887 0010
#9 Shin Yeh
Shin Yeh, part of the Tunglok group, offers Taiwanese dim sum which includes classics like Steamed Chive Dumpling and Steamed Shrimp Dumpling.
What to try: The Try their “Eight Immortals” Dim Sum platter which consist of Steamed Chive Dumpling with Pork, Crystal Mixed Vegetable Dumpling, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, and Steamed Chicken Dumpling with Egg Plant, Turnip & Dried Shrimps.
Address: 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Shopping Centre, #02-19
Tel: (+65) 6338 7337
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.
What to try: Baked Barbecue Pork Buns, Steamed Crab Meat & Egg White Dumplings, and Crispy Deep-Fried Yam Rolls.
Address: 76 Bras Basah road, 2F Carlton Hotel
Tel No: (+65) 6311 8188
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