The Ultimate Dim Sum Guide: 18 Places in Singapore to Get Edible Works of Art
We all know that cooking itself is a form of art. A dish is like a canvas, and the chef, an artist. A chef creates his work of art through the food items he served, and we can think of no better form of artistic food expression than through dim sum. Dim sum, which is directly translated to “touch your heart” can be seen as a type of Chinese tapas; small plates of food that are great for sharing. These ‘edible works of art’ are a crowd favourite amongst everyone. Whether you’re looking for some dim sum to start your day, for tea or a buffet where you can admire and savour an unlimited amount of these gems, here are 18 places for you to get your fix.
1. Szechuan Court
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Szechuan Court offers a harmonious blend of two distinguished cuisines. Located on the 3rd floor of Fairmont Singapore, diners will enjoy only the best Szechuan and Cantonese dishes offered here. Szechuan Court offers a Delightful Weekend A La Carte Dim Sum Buffet, where diners get to enjoy an unlimited flow of intricately prepared dim sum. The menu offers a variety of different dim sums, appetisers, rice, noodles and desserts, that’ll leave one spoilt for choice!
Feast on traditional dim sum delights, such as the Signature Fresh Tobiko Siew Mai or the Supreme Crystal Prawn Dumpling, or go for the Snow Fungus Coriander Dumpling, which offers a modern and unique twist. Don’t miss out on the Szechuan favourites too, such as the Szechuan Spicy Shredded Chicken “Dan Dan” Noodles or Szechuan Hot and Spicy Soup. Wash your meal down with a bowl of Hasma Soup, brewed with Red Dates and Lotus Seeds.
Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 3, Fairmont Singapore, Singapore (189560)
Monday-Sunday: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
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2. Hai Tien Lo
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Hai Tien Lo is directly translated to “stairway to heaven”. Located at Pan Pacific Singapore, this award winning Cantonese restaurant would bring your taste buds on an ethereal gastronomic adventure, all the way up to the heavens! The restaurant is decked out in its finest regalia. Donned with traditional Chinese decor and beautiful hues of red, diners will enjoy its opulent charms while dining on your favourite dim sum delights.
The restaurant offers a weekday dim sum lunch buffet featuring classic dim sum, such as Steamed Prawn and Asparagus Dumplings, Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun with Black Truffles and Pan-fried Beancurd Sheet Stuffed with Prawn Paste. Don’t miss out on the Hai Tien Lo Signatures, with the likes of Stir-Fried Sliced Grouper with Salted Fish and Ginger Spring Onions. If you’re a fan of roast meats, the restaurant does a beautiful Barbecue Roasted Duck and Honey-glazed Pork Belly platter, which is great for sharing.
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, Singapore (039595)
Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
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3. Mister Wu
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Mister Wu offers delicious Chinese fare done with a modern twist. Diners can tuck into a hearty spread of dim sum at their Dim Sum & Tea Buffet, available for dinner on weekdays and both lunch and dinner on Saturdays. Some of the stand out items include the Abalone Pork Dumplings, which features one whole baby abalone resting atop a piece of siew mai. For the purists, do not fear. The restaurant also offer classic dim sum, such as the Prawn Dumpling (har gow), which has a good prawn-filling-to-skin ratio! Mister Wu has two outlets - one along Pickering Street and the other in CHIJMES - both of which are very conveniently located in the heart of the city!
- 3 Pickering Street, #01-44/45, Nankin Row, Singapore (048660)
- 30 Victoria Street, #01-12. CHIJMES, Singapore (187996)
- Pickering Street: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-10pm
- CHIJMES: Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
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4. Man Fu Yuan
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Man Fu Yuan at the InterContinental Singapore offers Chinese fine dining cuisine in an opulent setting. Helmed by celebrity chef Eric Teo, your taste buds await only the best and finest here. The chefs here fulfill your wildest gastronomic imagination, putting their interesting twist on traditional Chinese classics, and serving them in a fine-dining style. Some highlights include the Tiger Prawn Vermicelli, which is a signature dish at the restaurant. The dish is infused with Chinese wine and a homemade superior broth, that is both tasty and nutritious.
The restaurant offers a Weekend A La Carte Dim Sum Buffet, with an unlimited selection of over 40 decadent dim sum delicacies, appetisers, signature dishes and desserts for you to choose from. Relish in the likes of Hong Kong-style spare ribs with black bean sauce, lotus leaf glutinous rice topped with chicken and mushrooms and salted egg yolk custard buns - a crowd favourite!
Address: 80 Middle Road, Level 2, InterContinental Singapore, Singapore (188966)
Monday-Friday: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
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5. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
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Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant is a no-frills Chinese restaurant that’s ideal to grab breakfast or supper in the wee hours of the morning. Its central location in Jalan Besar makes it convenient for friends and family from all parts of Singapore to convene and enjoy wallet friendly dim sums that’ll delight your heart.
Enjoy dim sum classics, such as Har Gow, Siew Mai and Char Siew Baos, as well as the restaurant’s own signature dim sum, such as the Mee Sua Cake, which offers a medley of textures - crispy on the outside, springy and chewy on the inside - that’ll definitely make anyone crave for more.
Address: 183-191 Jalan Besar, Singapore (208882)
Monday: 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-6am
Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-6am
Sunday: 10am-3pm, 6pm-6am
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6. Summer Palace
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Summer Palace is a one Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant in Regent Singapore. In Chinese history, the Summer Palace was a retreat that the emperor and his entourage would visit as a getaway from work. Likewise, Summer Palace promises to whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and give you a gastronomic experience like no other.
The restaurant offers quintessential Cantonese cuisine, such as the likes of roasted meats, soups and stir fried dishes. Feast on a plethora of dim sum varieties, such as the must tries Steamed Prawn Dumplings with Bird’s Nest, Steamed Pork Dumplings with Dried Scallops, Crispy Fried Prawns with Wasabi Sauce and BBQ Pork Bun!
Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 3, Regent Singapore, Singapore (249715)
Monday-Friday: 12.00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30p,-10:30pm
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7. Yum Cha Chinatown
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Yum Cha transports the diner back to nostalgia with their traditional dim sum offerings. Yum Cha, which is a direct translation for ‘drink tea’, is synonymous with classic dim sum dishes that’s well liked by patrons of all ages. Decked in an authentic dim sum tea house concept, this shophouse restaurant decorated with marbled tables and wooden chairs brings patrons back to the days which were much simpler.
The dim sum offerings at Yum Cha include traditional Xiao Long Bao, Siew Mai, Dumplings and more. Whether you’re having it a la carte or buffet, the variety offered is bound to leave you smiling from ear to ear!
Address: 20 Trengganu Street, #02-01, Singapore (058479)
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8. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
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Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has an arsenal of seasoned chefs manning their kitchen. Located in Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, it’s warm ambience and inviting decor sets a relaxing and enjoyable mood for the upcoming feast.
Dine on edible works of art, such as the Fresh Mushroom Bun, Seafood Dumpling (shaped as a little bird), or the Yam Dumpling with Chicken and Fresh Mushroom - artistically made into a golden swan perched on fine China. Don’t miss out on classic dim sum delights, such as Radish Cake with Bean Sprout in XO Sauce, or a warm, hearty bowl of Minced Pork and Century Egg Congee.
Address: 317 Outram Road, Level 4, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore (169075)
Monday-Friday: 12.00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10pm
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9. Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
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Wan Hao promises their patrons a gastronomical trip straight to the motherland of dim sum, Hong Kong. The restaurant has scored multiple awards for their excellent cuisine, making it something not to be missed! Helming the kitchen is Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong, who not only recreates classic Cantonese dishes, but gives them his own signature award-winning flair.
Sip on the restaurants premium chinese teas while feasting on dim sum delights, such as the Steamed Scallop and Morel Mushroom Dumpling, Crispy Rice Roll with Mango and Prawn, and the Deep-Fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Prawn. Have the Baked Egg Tart or Chilled Coconut Pudding with Purple Glutinous Rice Puree for a sweet end to a delightful meal.
Address: 320 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel,Singapore (238865)
Monday-Friday: 12.00pm-3.00pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am-3pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
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10. Golden Peony
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Sophistication, elegance and splendour; those three words describe Golden Peony, an award winning Chinese restaurant nestled in Conrad Centennial Hotel. The restaurant is decked out in all things peony - from the trademark peony images on the wall, to the custom-made yellow shaw plates. Helmed by Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung, he and his team dishes out intricate dim sum using only the finest Cantonese ingredients sourced all over China. Enjoy dim sum classics, such as Baked Barbecue Pork Pastry, Hong Kong Traditional Sponge Cake, or grab the restaurant’s interesting remake on classic dim sum dishes, such as the Rainbow Har Gao!
Address: 2 Temasek Boulevard, Conrad Centennial Hotel, Singapore (038982)
Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
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11. Tim Ho Wan
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Tim Ho Wan is one of the most affordable Michelin-starred meals you can get! This global cafe house metes out delicious dim sum at affordable prices. Everything here is only made with the freshest and finest, ensuring you get the full taste and enjoyment of a Michelin starred meal. Enjoy cult favourites, such as steamed har gao and siew mai, which are all freshly made to order!
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #01-29A/52, Plaza Singapura, Singapore (238839)
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12. TungLok Teahouse
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TungLok Teahouse is an amalgamation of local Chinese fare. The restaurant not only offers dim sum, but also a myriad of Chinese favourites, including Teochew fare! Little ones would definitely enjoy the cute dim sums, such as the Kung Fu Panda (Steamed Lava Black Sesame Bun), or the Mini Piglet BBQ Bun - they all look too cute to eat! The restaurant also offers other quintessential dim sum favourites, such as Baked Mini Egg Tarts, Deep-fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Fresh Prawns and Pan Fried Turnip Cake.
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive, #01-73, Square 2, Singapore (307506)
Monday-Friday: 11.00am-3.00pm, 5:30pm-10.00pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 11.00am-5.00pm, 5:30pm-10.00pm
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13. Sky View Pavilion
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Sky View Pavilion is conveniently located at the base of The Singapore Flyer, making it the de facto dining choice for the whole family after a breathtaking view of the Singapore skyline! Led by Hong Kong veteran chef Tang Chi Cheung, he and his team promises diners a gastronomical experience like no other. This full service Chinese restaurant offers a selection of dim sum, such as Har Gao and Xiao Long Bao, as well as an extensive a la carte menu, with tantalising barbecued meats, live seafood and a variety of tasty appetisers, like Chicken Feet with Salt & Ginger Sauce, or Marinated Jellyfish with Cucumber.
Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, #01-04, Singapore Flyer, Singapore (039803)
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14. Sum Yi Tai
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Sum Yi Tai is the crossroads where tradition meets modernity. Located right smack in the heart of the Central Business District, this modern Chinese tapas bar serves classic dim sum and other Cantonese favourites alongside cocktails, mocktails and all sorts of tipples. The bar has a dim sum lunch menu, with no-frills cult favourites such as Har Gow, Steamed Pork Ribs with Black Beans and Pork and Preserved Egg Congee. The Otah Siew Mai gives a local twist to the otherwise traditional dish. The menu also includes a variety of Hong Kong street food, such as Hong Kong Style Curry Fishballs!
Address: 25 Boon Tat Street, Singapore (069622)
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5.00pm-1.00am
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15. MITZO Restaurant & Bar
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Mitzo Restaurant and Bar is the Park Hotel group’s answer to modern Chinese dining. The restaurant showcases its contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine by pairing it up with an artisanal cocktail programme, giving a dining experience like no other. The restaurant has a few dim sum platters, such as the Premium Steamed Dim Sum Platter or the Garden Deep Fried Dim Sum Platter, which showcases the best of the best - Royal Shrimp Dumpling with Caviar, Shrimp and Pork Dumpling with Baby Abalone or Escargot Cheese Puff - dim sum dishes that are fit for a king.
Address: 270 Orchard Road, Grand Park Orchard, Singapore (238857)
Monday-Friday: 12.00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
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16. Mouth Restaurant
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Mouth Restaurant prides itself as the go-to dining destination for all occasions. Serving up “Yum Cha” dim sum for weekday lunch and on weekends, diners from all walks of life and of all ages are welcomed to feast with family and loved ones here! The restaurant features an old-school self ordering chit, with a plethora of dim sums available to choose from. Enjoy the likes of their signature Prawn Har Gow and Steamed Xiao Long Bao, or try the exotic Steamed Crystal Dumpling with Wild Fungus, or even the Crab Meat Chili Bun!
Address: 38 Maxwell Road, #01-01, Air View Building, Singapore (069116)
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10.00am-4.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm
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17. Swatow Garden
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At Swatow Garden, diners get to enjoy the best of Cantonese and Teochew cuisine. The restaurant offers a dim sum menu with the likes of traditional ubiquitous dim sums, such as Fresh Scallop Dumplings, Golden Custard Buns, and Fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp. For a Teochew twist, the restaurant has its signature Teochew Five Treasures Crystal Dumpling, which looks just as good as it tastes! For other Teochew delicacies, opt for the Teochew Chilled Jellied Pork Trotter, or the Teochew Style Oyster Omelette, which are classic Teochew dishes that can not be missed!
Address: 22 Kensington Park Road, Serangoon Garden Country Club, Singapore (557271)
Monday-Friday: 11.00am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-11.00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9.00am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-11.00pm
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18. Yan Cuisine
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Yan Cuisine is nestled on the rooftop of the National Gallery Singapore. The restaurant serves up exquisite Cantonese flavours served in modern-day presentation that’ll wow diners. The chinoiserie chic interior gives diners a sense of warm and opulence, conveying what Yan Cuisine is all about. The dim sum menu offered here includes a slew of premium dim sum, such as Steamed Prawns Bamboo Charcoal Dumplings with Black Garlic, Steamed Stuffed Fish Maw with Shrimp Paste, Parsley and Egg White Sauce, and Crispy Foie Gras, Celery and Mushroom Rolls - classic Cantonese favourites with an opulent twist!
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore (178957)
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6.00pm-10:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6.00pm-10pm
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