It's National Dumpling Day!
26th September: Where shall we Dim Sum?
Have you fallen yet for the dumpling trend in London? There is even a “National dumpling Day” and it’s on 26th September! Would you like to celebrate with devouring different dumplings in one go? Dim Sum is the answer! We hand picked for you the best Dim Sum in London, and all you have to do is to grab 2 other friends or 5 or even 8, because most dishes come in 3 portions to share. And decide together which one you would like to feast at 🙂 Traditionally, Dim Sum is a weekend brunch tradition in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Asia. In London, many restaurants serve Dim Sum during lunch hours or until 5pm only.
Orient London (ex Jade Garden)
Get ready to queue during weekend lunch time, but totally worth it! A must try is the Taro croquette.
“The classier vibe at this Chinatown restaurant is in stark contrast to many of the Chinese restaurants in this part of town, where ‘no-frills’ can be a generous description. Here, expect a classy, modern look with branding everywhere.” Time out
As the name suggests, it is royal: the setting, the service, and the dumplings. Branches in Baker Street (x2 including the high-end Royal China Club), Bayswater, Canary Wharf (with river view), Fulham, and Harrow.
“This stalwart of London’s dim sum parlours is always a pleasure to visit. Its perennial popularity ensures a lively atmosphere, and its authentic, perfectly prepared little dishes are head and shoulders above most of Chinatown’s lazy offerings.” Time out
The entrance is its special feature, of course the food is also good. The restaurant is perfect for large groups and takes reservations (most Dim Sum places in Chinatown do not take reservations).
“This is what it took to get me to Imperial China in London’s Chinatown: an ornamental goldfish pond; a dinky bridge across it; a bit of wood panelling.” The Guardian
Joy King Lau
Feels just like being in Hong Kong. Expect to be surrounded by authentic Cantonese-speaking guests 🙂 The prawn Cheung-Fun and beancurd skin one is in our opinion the best in London.
“Best bargain restaurants chosen by the world’s top chefs.” The Telegraph
This is a lounge (with hidden entrance) that serves Dim Sum and cocktails. Perfect for a nice date 😉
“Cocktail and dim sum parlour sprawled over three floors of a historic townhouse in Chinatown.” Evening Standard
British Chinese? It’s modern, it’s creative, and it’s yummy. If you feel like trying some non-traditional Dim Sum, A Wong is the answer.
“The dim sum themselves are not the usual staples – there is no Har Gau, Xiao Long Bao or Cheung-Fun on the menu here. Instead there are either modern interpretations of classic Dim Sum dishes, or quite innovative dishes that you simply don’t see in other restaurants.” Andy Halyer
Enjoy traditional Dim Sum in a formal setting. You can organise an impressive business Dim Sum lunch here without damaging your bank account.
“It takes some guts to open a Chinese restaurant right opposite one of London’s favourites, Royal China Club on Baker Street, but that’s exactly what Bright Courtyard did a few years ago. Luckily, these guys aren’t new to this game, as they already run a restaurant of the same name in Shanghai, and they’re doing more than enough to hold their own against their neighbours.” LOTI EATS
Mayfair Garden (ex Princess Garden)
Dim Sum in Mayfair style. If you like pairing Dim Sum with fine wine, this is the place.
“The Dim Sum menu lived up to the restaurant’s name: these little dumplings are fit for royalty.” Time Out
Hidden gem in Paddington. If you feel like venturing outside Dim Sum territory, their Peking duck is just too good to be ignored. Also suitable for large groups and takes reservations.
“My little China pearl: Surly service, strange aromas – but this is the best Cantonese in London (maybe).” Daily Mail
Hakkasan not chic enough for you? Try HKK!
“Can the son of Hakkasan hack it? Oh yes it can…” The Telegraph
Part of a Singaporean fine dining group. Enjoy Dim Sum in an elegant setting with a view of Kensington Gardens.
“Steamed dim sum had light translucent wrappings around pieces of seafood so fresh I was minded to check them for a pulse.” The Guardian