Sometimes all you need is comfort food. Still, what people of different ages and tastes consider comfort food can vary quite a bit. While you crave a bowl of Michelin-star ramen, your grandma might prefer fish porridge, and your child a hearty serving of mac ‘n’ cheese. But dim sum seems to be one of the few cuisines that satisfies young and old. Find everything from bite-sized fun to old-school nostalgia as you tuck into the best dim sum in Singapore.
Dim Sum Brunch Buffets – Try one of everything!
Families who love variety in their meals should go for these all-you-can-eat buffets. Don’t worry, dim sum are not laid out to cool on buffet counters. Instead, each delectable morsel is prepared only upon order and served piping hot to your table. Find yourselves in dim sum heaven!
1. Si Chuan Dou Hua, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Feast on unlimited servings of 40 dim sum, appetisers, desserts and more at Si Chuan Dou Hua. We love the Pan-fried Hakka Dumpling, and Homemade Bean Curd with Wolfberry. Exclusively available at the PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road outlet, the Nostalgic Dim Sum Feast also features premium one-serving-only creations.
These include Chilli Prawn with Deep-fried Mantou, and the super-addictive Chong Qing Diced Chicken with Spicy Dried Chilli. While the menu is available daily, the Weekend Bundle Promotion is a really good deal at just $118++ for four adults!
Where Level 3, 181 Kitchener Road
When Mon to Fri, 11.30am – 2.30pm (except Mon from now till 30 April) | Sat, Sun and public holidays, 11.30am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3pm
How much From $32++ per adult (minimum 2 to dine) | From $16++ per child aged 6-11 years | Up to 2 children under 6 years dine free
2. Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Jade’s Weekend Yum Cha is a good fit for young and old. Select up to 15 items from the extensive menu featuring signature dim sum, appetisers, soups, mains and desserts. Don’t miss the Wagyu Beef Puffs, Braised Bird’s Nest Soup, Lobster Porridge and Pistachio Muah Chee. The portions are catered to the number of diners at each table.
Like all dining establishments at The Fullerton Hotel, Jade is really great for families. Kids get special cutlery and you can even request for colouring books!
Where Level 1, 1 Fullerton Square
When Sat, Sun & selected public holidays, 11.30am – 2.30pm
How much $50 per person (minimum 2 to dine)
3. Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard
For the ultimate indulgence, head to Weekend Dim Sum Brunch at Mitzo. Enjoy unlimited servings of over 50 types of dim sum, soups, wok dishes and desserts. Try Shrimp and Pork Dumpling, Escargot Cheese Puff, and Japanese Sweet Potato Bun with Custard Lava.
Diners also get one complimentary serving from the Supreme Special Dishes, such as Cheese Baked Lobster with Creamy Seaweed Sauce. Adults can top up $60++ to enjoy free-flow cocktails, champagne, wine and beers, while kids explore the dedicated playroom.
Where Level 4, 270 Orchard Road
When Sat, Sun & selected public holidays, 11.30am – 2.30pm
How much From $68++ per adult | $34++ per child aged 6-12 years | Children under 6 years dine free
4. Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Expect dim sum brunch fare fit for all generations at Cherry Garden. Look forward to unlimited servings of 47 dishes including dim sum, soups, mains and desserts. Highlights include Steamed Pork Siew Mai with Baby Abalone, Wok-Fried Radish Cake with XO sauce, Steamed Kurobuta Char Siew Bao, and more.
While adults conclude the afternoon indulgence with Cherries in Nui Er Hong or Aged Kuei Hua Wine Cocktail Jelly with lychee sorbet, little ones will love Chilled Mango with sago pearls, pomelo and lime sorbet.
Where Level 5, 5 Raffles Avenue
When Sat, Sun & public holidays, 11am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
How much $68++ per adult | $40++ per child aged 7-12 years
5. Beng Hiang
Heritage restaurant Beng Hiang is famous for its Hokkien cuisine, but did you know it also serves excellent dim sum? All handmade-to-order, you can’t go wrong with classics such as Prawn Dumpling “Har Kao” and Pork Dumpling “Siew Mai”.
It’s currently also having an all-you-can-eat Dim Sum Lunch Buffet at a super affordable price. It even includes a serving of signature dishes such as “Kong Ba Bao”, Hokkien Noodle and Fried Rice. Furthermore, enjoy 25% off all additional dishes from the a la carte menu.
Where Level 2, 135 Jurong Gateway Road
When Daily, 11.30am – 3pm
How much From $18.80+ per adult | From $13.80+ per child aged 6-12 years (current promotion ends 31 March 2020)
6. Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore
Another excellent spot boasting some of the best dim sum in Singapore is Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore. Its Weekend A La Carte Dim Sum Buffet Brunch offers over 40 delectable dishes to choose from. These include Chef Eric Neo’s signature dishes, dim sum delicacies, appetisers, main courses and dessert.
Delight in Prawn Dumplings with Truffle Mayonnaise, Poached Chicken with Hua Tiao Chinese Wine, and Baked Rock Lobster. Sip on a range of fine teas such as Anxi Royal Tie Guan Yin, while you contemplate dessert.
Where Level 2, 80 Middle Road
When Sat, Sun & public holidays, 11.30am – 3pm
How much $58++ per adult | $29++ per child aged 4-12 years
7. Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore
Perfect for families, Yan Ting presents a tantalising Weekend Dim Sum Brunch offering diners a selection of dim sum, meat signatures, seafood dishes, and desserts. Try the Steamed Teochew Dumpling, and Deep-fried Phoenix-tail Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk.
Brunch also includes a serving of Double-boiled Fish Maw Soup with Black Garlic, and Wok-baked Boston Lobster with XO Sauce. Or delight in the Dim Sum Set Menu (from $80++ per person), which comprises a barbecue platter, an array of dim sum, soup and dessert.
Where Level 1U, 29 Tanglin Road
When Sat, Sun & public holidays, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1pm – 3pm
How much From $128++ per adult | $53++ per child aged 4-12 years
8. Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore
Very popular among multi-generational families is Hai Tien Lo’s Weekday Dim Sum Lunch and Weekend Dim Sum Brunch. Delicacies with a modern twist join traditional classics in the semi-buffet experience, complete with all-you-can-eat dim sum.
Pick from over 50 dishes, including Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun with Black Truffles, and Steamed Pork and Prawns Dumplings with Fish Roe. The a la carte menu also features Deep-fried Thousand Layer Swan Puff, and the duckling-shaped Deep-fried Potato with Duck Meat and Mushrooms — the kids won’t be able to resist!
Where Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard
When Daily, 11.30am – 2.30pm
How much From $60.80++ per adult | From $33.80 per child aged 6-11 years
9. Peach Garden
Let your kids experience traditional pushcart dim sum service at Peach Garden @ Thomson Plaza and Hotel Miramar. From traditional Steamed Chicken Feet with Chef’s Special Sauce that’s popular with the mature crowd, to sweet delights like Deep Fried Milk Custard well-liked by the younger customers, Peach Garden has (dim) sum-thing for everyone.
From now till 30 April, you’ll also find Japanese-inspired dim sum such as Steamed Siew Mai with Sea Urchin. One dines free with every three paying adults at the Weekend Hi-Tea buffet at the Thomson Plaza outlet currently. Discounted a la carte dim sum is also available at lunchtime across all Peach Garden outlets.
10. Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore
This isn’t a buffet per se, but the recurring Weekday Dim Sum Set Lunch Menu promotion at Min Jiang is too good a deal to miss. It features all-time favourites from Steamed Conpoy and Scallop Dumplings to Pork and Century Egg Congee, among other delicacies.
Dessert is a serving of refreshing Chilled Mango Sago with Pomelo. For a greater variety, order more dim sum, Sichuan and Cantonese dishes from the a la carte menus during lunch daily.
Where Level 1, 22 Scotts Road
When Mon to Fri, 11.30am – 2.30pm
How much $38++ for two persons (current promotion ends 28 March 2020)
A la carte Dim Sum – Pick your favourites
Those with family members who have smaller appetites can consider going a la carte instead. You can also opt to have savoury dim sum as a starter before going on to other main courses, then finishing off with sweet dim sum for dessert. Either way, have some of the best dim sum in Singapore!
11. Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore
Set to appeal to all ages, dim sum is taken to a whole new level at Golden Peony. Chef Ku Keung’s latest creations see curative properties of teas infused into dim sum offerings. These range from Baby Abalone Chrysanthemum Tea Dumpling, and Steamed Chicken Siew Mai infused with Dragon Well Tea, to Green Tea Roll with Chilli Crab Meat.
Surprise the little ones with animal-shaped treats (see top image). Shrimp Toast (turtle), Egg Custard Bun (piglet), Mushroom with Bamboo Pith Bun (cat), Chicken Bun (porcupine), and Snow White with Green Tea Paste (rabbit) are almost too cute to eat!
Where Level 3, 2 Temasek Boulevard
When Sat & Sun, 11.30am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3pm
12. Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel Singapore
Fresh from a revamp, Hua Ting is a classy space for a multi-generational meal. The dim sum menu too has been revitalised, offering a combination of all-time favourites and new creations.
Highlights include Double-boiled Bird’s Nest Dumpling with Scallop and Sea Whelk, Chilled Crystal Dumpling with Century Egg and Mango, Wok-fried Turnip Cake with XO Sauce in Hot Stone Bowl, and of course, Hua Ting’s Signature baked Mango Chicken Tartlet. Complement the spread with your choice of nine premium grades of tea and exclusive blends.
Where Level 2, 442 Orchard
When Mon to Fri, 11.30am – 2.30pm | Sat, Sun & eve of public holidays, 11am – 2.30pm
13. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Xin Cuisine is another excellent choice for a dim sum feast of steamed, baked and deep-fried delicacies. Kids particularly love innovative handmade creations such as Yam Dumpling with Chicken and Fresh Mushroom, Seafood Dumpling, and Fresh Mushroom Bun in their cute shapes.
Other highlights include Crab Meat and Dried Scallop Xiao Long Bao, Rice Roll wrapped with Pork Neck Meat and Fungus Crispy Roll, and Seafood Dumpling with Pumpkin Paste. While you’re there, why not order the restaurant’s signature Home-Style Roasted Duck with Tea Leaves?
Where 317 Outram Road
When Wed to Sun, 12noon – 2.30pm
14. Summer Palace, Regent Singapore
Lunch takes on a different flavour every season at Summer Palace. Currently, Spring Splendour brings items such as Steamed “Butterfly” Prawn Dumplings, and Deep-fried Scallops with Corn and Yam Paste to the table. These and other seasonal treats join well-loved classics on the dim sum menu.
Must-tries include Chicken and Prawn Szechuan Dumplings, Deep-fried Yam Puffs with Shredded Duck and Preserved Vegetables, and Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Buns. Or enjoy Chef Liu’s Tasting Menus ($56++ per person; children under 5 years old dine free) with dim sum selection.
Where Level 3, 1 Cuscaden Road
When Mon to Fri, 12noon – 2.30pm | Sat & Sun, 11.30am – 2.30pm
15. Cassia, Capella Singapore
As part of its latest menu revamp, Cassia introduces a Dim Sum Summer Menu that’s available till 31 August 2020. Classic dim sum delicacies are given an innovative summer-themed reinterpretation. Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Asparagus, and Steamed Charcoal Barbecued Arvinyo Omega 3 Pork Bun with Black Truffle are two must-tries.
Alternatively, try the Nourishing Set Lunch ($59++ per person), in which the first of five courses comprises a Dim Sum Platter.
Where Level 3, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
When Daily, 12noon – 2pm (currently closed on Mon & Tue till further notice)
16. Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Carlton Hotel Singapore
Dim sum purists in Singapore will be well familiar with Wah Lok. Its ever-popular lunchtime dim sum menu boasts classics such as Steamed Glutinous Rice wrapped with Lotus Leaf, Steamed Bamboo Fungus and Vegetable Dumplings, Steamed Vegetarian Beancurd Skin Rolls and Steamed Carrot Cake.
Items both kids and grandparents love include Baked Mini Egg Tarts, Baked Custard Pastries, and Baked Barbecued Pork Buns.
Where Level 2, 76 Bras Basah Road
When Mon to Sat, 11.30am – 2.30pm | Sun & public holidays, 11am – 2.30pm
17. Grand Shanghai
Journey through opulent ‘Old Shanghai’ and explore the varied tastes and textures at the recently refurbished Grand Shanghai. The headliner has to be the flavourful Signature Shanghainese Seafood Dumpling in Soup with Bamboo Shoot, Scallop and Salted Pork.
Other highlights on the dim sum menu include Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Truffle, and Deep-fried Beancurd Sheet filled with Prawn and Snow Cabbage. Last but not least, the deep-fried and steamed varieties of the popular Lava Custard Bun.
Where Level 1, King’s Centre, 390 Havelock Road
When Tue to Fri, 11.30am – 2.30pm | Sat & Sun, 11am – 2.30pm
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18. Shang Social
Head to the vibrant Shang Social for Cantonese, Sichuan and Huaiyang dim sum favourites. Items such as Steamed Black Truffle Prawn in Squid Ink Skin, Bird’s Nest Egg Tart, and the signature Suzhou Baked Minced Pork Bun are available during lunch at the full-service DINING section.
Till 31 March, get 50% off Cantonese and Huaiyang dim sum at the more casual MRKT section. The promotion also includes special snacks in collaboration with heritage restaurant Beng Hiang.
Where #01-219/222, Jewel Changi Airport
When Daily, 11.30am – 2.30pm (DINING) | Daily, 11.30am – 4.30pm (MRKT)
Exclusively available during lunch at Yàn is an array of new items created by Head Chef Ng Sen Tio. Highlights include Steamed Fresh Lily and Vegetables Dumplings, and Steamed Stuffed Fish Maw with Shrimp Paste and Egg White Sauce.
Perennial favourites perfect for convivial afternoons with the family range from Pan-fried Singapore Chilli Crab Meat Buns to Steamed Hainanese Chicken with Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf. You’ll also find classics such as Steamed Xiao Long Bao, Century Egg and Pork Porridge, and Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns.
Where #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road
When Daily, 11.30am – 2.30pm
So there you have it — our favourite places around town for bite-sized delights to “touch the heart” (literal translation of 点心). If you have a favourite place that you feel serves the best dim sum in Singapore, please do share. Now gather the fam for that multi-generational get-together over a table of steaming bamboo baskets!
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