The ultimate family-friendly meal, dim sum never fails to satisfy with its sheer variety of steamed and fried morsels.

Ban Heng Pavillion

Ban Heng Pavillion serves up to 25 dim sum dishes, including steamed shrimp dumplings, steamed salted egg yolk buns, and pan-fried carrot cake with Chinese sausage. Look out for their steamed dian xin of the day (one serving only) that’s only available on weekends. Current promotion: one dines free with every three paying adults till 31 Jul (excluding weekends and PH). Lunch starts from 1130am-230pm ($19.80++ adult, $13.90++ child (weekdays), $22.80++ adult, $16.90++ child (weekends)). Minimum four adults to dine. #04-01 Harbourfront Centre, 1 Maritime Square. Tel: 6278 0288

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao offers an irresistible xiao long bao and steamboat buffet. It’s available every evening with three seatings (5-6.30pm, 6.45-8.15pm and 8.30-10pm), from $27.80++ adult, $19.80++ child between 3-12 on weekdays; $30++ adult and $22.80++ child on weekends. Fill up your tummies with their juicy xiao long baos and innovative appetisers like chilled Japanese cucumber with garlic and braised bamboo shoots. 241/241A Holland Avenue. Tel: 6463 0968


Try Empress’ fine cuisine over their Champagne dim sum brunch (Sat-Sun 11am-1pm $48++, 12nn4pm $58++, $28++ child below the age of 12). Their specialties include Singapore chilli king prawns, crispybattered sea grouper, sesame chicken with lime, and the triple roast platter of Empress char siew, crackling roast pork and Empress sticky pork ribs, while they offer soups such as minced Angus beef thick soup that’s limited to one serving. Add $38 per person for free-flow Prosecco or $68 for free-flow Perrier Jouet Champagne. #01-03 Asian Civilisation Museum, 1 Empress Place. Tel: 6776 0777

LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant

For one price, you can indulge in LingZhi’s meatless dim sum buffet alongside their signature steamboat buffet. The centrally located restaurant offers classics like steamed Teochew dumplings and red bean buns as well as vegetarian rojak. Available daily (lunch 11am3pm, Mon-Thu $22.80++ adult, $14.80++ child, Fri-Sun $24.80++ adult, $16.80++ child below 12). Minimum two to dine. #03-09/10 Velocity, Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road. Tel: 6538 2992

Peony Jade

Enjoy a la carte buffet (daily 11am-2.30pm, $39++) in a modern restaurant setting. Peony Jade’s menu is kept simple. The crispy fried banana fritters is a classic pleaser while an ample pandan liu sha bao with generous salted egg yolk filling is moist and chewy. Minimum four to dine. Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road. Tel: 6276 9138

Peach Garden

Without a doubt, one of the most value-for-money dim sum buffets can be found at Peach Garden. Only available during the weekends (3-5pm, $23.80++ adult, $16.80++ child between 5-12), their hi-tea buffet features old-fashioned push carts housing over 30 decadent items, such as freshly steamed char siew bao and crispy spring rolls. Head down for the current promotion: one dines free with three paying adults till 30 Jun. #01-88 Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Road. Tel: 6451 3233

Swatow Seafood

Swatow Seafood’s hi-tea dim sum buffet (daily 3-5pm, Mon-Fri $19.80++ adult, $13.80++ child between 6-12; Sat-Sun and PH, $22.80++ adult, $16.80++ child) tempts palates with their signature Teochew cuisine and traditional dim sum. A favourite among kids, the ‘goldfish’ dumplings are not only cute to look at but is handsomely filled with their homemade minced meat and chives paste. For durian lovers, their crispy durian & shrimp roll is a must-try. #02-602, Blk 181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Tel: 6363 1717

TungLok Teahouse

The sister restaurant to TungLok Seafood, this outlet is a perennial favourite and is one of the few in Singpaore that offers dim sum buffet for dinner (Mon-Fri 6-10.30pm, $36.80++ adult, $26.80++ child). Diners can fill up on dim sum and signature dishes like TungLok chilli crab, braised shark’s fin with dried seafood and stewed pig’s trotters with black vinegar. Minimum four to dine. #01-01, 7-13 Amoy Street. Tel: 6877 1123


Located in the heart of Clarke Quay, VLV is not just a bar, club and lounge but also a restaurant. VLV offers a weekend dim sum buffet (Sat-Sun 11.30am-3.30pm, $68++ adult, $34++ child between 6-11). Indulge in their classic Peking duck and beef brisket, tendon and daikon in clear broth. Finish your meal with traditional egg puff desserts accompanied by vanilla ice cream, doused in chocolate sauce. #01-02 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road. Tel: 6661 0197

Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant

Spoil your family with endless rounds of supple xiao long bao and siew mai and indulge in their signature roasted duck platter. (Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm; Sat-Sun and PH 10.30am12.30pm, Sat second seating 12.30-2.30pm, $49.90++ adult, $28++ child). Holiday Inn Atrium, 317 Outram Road. Tel: 6731 7173

Yum Cha

Yum Cha Restaurant has been the go-to place for push-cart dim sum since it launched in 2000. With over 70 items on their weekdays buffet menu (3-6pm, $23.80++ adult, $16.80++ child below 12). Don’t miss the rainbow seafood dumplings, prawn with mango sesame fritters and fried chicken in Thai sauce, alongside baked mini egg tarts and herbal jelly. Minimum four to dine. #02-01, 20 Trengganu Street. Tel: 6372 1717