Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Singapore
Friday, 13 Jul 2012
Let’s be real: have a dim sum craving? Run out to your nearest coffeeshop for a quick fix.
Dim sum is everywhere now, but sometimes we want more than just reheated food. From top grade dumplings to perfectly wobbly custard egg tarts, here’s our list of favourite dim sum restaurants. Psst – there’s even a 6 star worthy one in there!
This award-winning restaurant is a fave – even amongst Hong Kongers! Headed by Group Masterchef Chan Kwok, you’ll be assured of consistently great Cantonese cuisine, although we can’t say the same of the service. Order: siew mai with fresh scallop, deep fried prawn with mango rolls, and the char siew buns.
Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879, p. 6739 6666, dim sum available Mon-Fri 1130am-230pm and Sat-Sun and PH eve 11am-230pm
Expect no less from St. Regis. Portions are small and dishes priced higher than many places, but the quality here is unsurpassable. This is food fit for an emperor! Our top picks include the congee, char siew sou with its crisp, flaky crust and sweet barbecued meat, and mini egg tarts.
The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. 6506 6866, a la carte dim sum available Mon-Fri 1145am-230pm and Sat-Sun & PH 1145am-3pm. Weekend dim sum brunch also available.
The thing about Cherry Garden: it is big on presentation. We mean that in a good way – you’ll find crystal dumpling skins stained pretty hues, there’s a good fleck of green (from celery) in otherwise ordinary meat-filled dumplings, and intricately-pleated dumplings. The downside? You guessed it – there are plenty of dumplings here. But they sure do them well. Street cred: this award-winning restaurant also made the cut for Asia’s Best Restaurants in The Miele Guide 2011/2012!
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, p. 6885 3538, dim sum available Mon-Fri 12-230pm, Sat-Sun weekend champagne dim sum brunch 11am-1pm & 130-3pm
The idea of modern dim sum? Sounds like a disaster in theory, but is pretty neat (and delish) in actuality. If you’re an adventurous foodie who appreciates an innovative spin on the classics, check out Golden Peony on your next dim sum date. The kitchen’s headed by Hong Kong chefs themselves.
Conrad Centennial Singapore, Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982, p. 6334 8888, dim sum available Mon-Sat 1130am-230pm, Sun 1030am-230pm
Dim sum with a view – great for impressing the in-laws. We’ll be honest – there are better dim sum restaurants on this list, but the view is pretty hard-to-beat. There are also more options for veges. While currently under renovation, the restaurant will reopen in August 2012, so bookmark this article and wait patiently for next month to roll around.
Pan Pacific Hotel, level 37, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, p. 6826 8240, Mon-Fri 12-230pm, Sat-Sun brunch 1130am-230pm
Image: Yan Ting