Top image: Yum Cha Restaurant
Dishes are well-proportioned for variety at this high-end restaurant. Try double-boiled soup braised bird’s nest with truffle egg white in superior broth; and golden ‘mantou’ stuffed with spicy crab meat (both limited to a single portion per diner). Sat-Sun 11am-12.45pm; 1.15-3pm. $38++ (adult), $19++ (child).
Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6877 8188
This Singapore outpost of the famed Fuzhou restaurant also whips up a well-priced dim sum buffet. Chomp your way through steamer after steamer of char siew bao in traditional pastry and steamed spare ribs. The restaurant even absorbs the service charge. Weekday lunch 11.30am-3pm; $20.80+ (adult), $11.80+ (child). Weekend lunch 10am-3pm; $24+ (adult), $16+ (child).
#01-01 Far East Square, 130 Amoy Street. Tel: 6536 2655
Stylishly decked out, this second outlet of Peony Jade is worth the trek for the value-for-money dim sum lunch buffet. Order off the menu for favourites such as har gau, siew mai and roast duck, supplemented by hot dishes such as fried rice, noodles and vegetables. Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, $33.80++; Sat-Sun two seatings 11am-1pm & 1-2.30pm, $32.80++.
Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road. Tel: 6276 9138
Swatow Seafood Restaurant
For a dim sum buffet away from town, Swatow has a daily high-tea option from 3-5pm (Mon-Fri $19.80++ adult, $13.80++ child aged 6-12; Sat-Sun, Eve of PH & PH $22.80++ adult, $16.80++ child aged 6-12). Offering signature Teochew cuisine and traditional dim sum on roving pushcarts, pick dishes like the chilled pork knuckles in jelly, fried prawn dumplings and glutinous rice wrapped with lotus leaf.
#02-602, 181 Toa Payoh Lorong 4. Tel: 6363 1717
Growing into a veritable institution for dim sum since they set up shop in Chinatown, they have opened two more outlets in Changi and Serangoon to cater to their growing fan base. From a selection of almost 60 types to choose from, dig in to the skillfully prepared spinach prawn dumpling and sweet crystal custard dumplings. Weekdays 3-6pm; $23.80++ (adult), $16.80++
#02-01, 20 Trengganu Street. Tel: 6372 1717