Everybody loves a dim sum lunch, and recently we looked at what to eat when you tuck into a dim sum feast. Today we look at where to find some of the best dim sum in Singapore, with our choice of top five dim sum spots.
This bustling restaurant lies right in the centre of Chinatown, on the corner of Trengannu and Temple Streets. Popular with locals and visitors alike, they serve up a wide range of delectable dumplings in a noisy, convivial atmosphere. The restaurant offers trolley service at weekends, and good quality à la carte Dim Sum on weekdays. A great choice for novice dim-sum eaters and visitors to Singapore. Don’t miss the prawn and mango rolls!
Royal China at Raffles
This well established London-based Chinese restaurant chain has chosen world-famous Raffles Hotel for its Singapore base. The duck-egg blue walls, high domed ceiling and crisp white linen table cloths let you know that you are in for a refined dining experience. Signature dishes include lobster noodles, crispy duck in pancake, roast suckling pig and traditional dim sum items.
Red Star is where to go for an authentic dim sum experience. Located on the 7th floor of an HDB block close to Chinatown, this big, noisy, chaotic restaurant offers up a slice of nostalgia and is one of the few places you can still experience Dim Sum traditionally served from pushcarts wheeled through the restaurant. This means no menus, so be prepared to grab a trolley as it passes by and take your pick from the treasures within. Despite the long queues, the quality of food is not the best in the city, but it’s worth a visit for the novelty factor.
Dim Joy, literally means “a place to gather” but is also a tongue-in-cheek reference to the dim sum they serve. Located in a corner shophouse on Neil Road in Chinatown, Dim Joy offers good quality dim sum in a casual modern environment. This is one of the few places in Singapore where you can sample dim sum from morning through to night time. Reference guides to chopstick, finger-tapping and teapot refill etiquette will keep the dim sum novice in check. A good selection of Chinese tea complements the menu and cool evenings allow for al fresco courtyard dining. Dim Joy is closed on Tuesdays.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
The Crystal Jade group of restaurants was established in Singapore in 1991 and now boasts multiple restaurants across Asia. Crystal Jade Golden Palace on the 5th floor of Paragon Shopping Centre is possibly their swankiest outlet, providing a sophisticated setting for a high-quality Cantonese meal. The red, black and gold decor oozes class, service is attentive and a lengthy wine list accompanies a comprehensive menu.
Click on the restaurant names above for further information. For more ideas of excellent places to enjoy a dim sum lunch, see the Top Spots for Dim Sum Guide on the NileGuide pages.