Photo: Hai Tien Lo
Ban Heng @ HarbourFront Centre
Take in the views of Resorts World Sentosa as you tuck into the multitude of a la carte fried and steamed dim sum. Bask in the elegance of 21 grand chandeliers suspended 10 feet high as you slowly make your way through their extensive menu. Min 4 pax. Daily lunch 11.30am-2.30pm. Weekdays $17.80++ (adult), $12.80++ (child); weekend $21.80++ (adult), $13.80++ (child).
#04-01 HarbourFront Centre, 1 Maritime Square. Tel: 6278 0288 / 6278 1354
Hai Tien Lo
This 28-year-old restaurant may have moved down from the 37th floor, but its food is just as good. Save space in your belly for their deep-fried soft shell crab with pepper sauce and eggplant in supreme stock, which are master chef Lai Tong Ping’s signature creations. Weekday $48++ (adult), $28++ (child); weekend brunch $64++ (adult), $38++ (child).
Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6336 8111
Dishes are well-proportioned for variety at this highend 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, and be pleasantly surprised that the restaurant absorbs service charge. Weekday lunch 11.30am-3pm; $19.80+ (adult), $11.80+ (child). Weekend lunch 10am-3pm; $24+ (adult), $16+ (child).
#01-01 Far East Square, 130 Amoy Street. Tel: 6536 2655
Established since 1982, Min Jiang has been delighting dinners with their expertise in preparing Chinese delicacies. Every weekend they serve up dim sum on (stationary) traditional trolleys. Work up an appetite over siew mai with abalone slices and the giant xiao long bao by the pool. Sat-Sun high tea: 3-5.30pm; $32.80++ (adult), $16.40++(child).
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6730 1704
Peach Garden Noodle House @ WHITESANDS
Aside from the over 30 varieties of dim sum to choose from, they are offering 15% off lunch for those who come in a minimum group of 4 adult diners. One of the rare spots if you are craving a big dim sum lunch. Reservations required. Weekday lunch 10.30am-12.30pm, 1-3pm; $20.80++ (adult), $14.80++ (child). Weekend Lunch $23.80++, Child $18.80++.
#03-11/13 White Sands, 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3. Tel: 6585 3833
Although famous for their Teochew cuisine, they also offer delectable Hong Kong dim sum which is expertly handmade. Have second helpings of their Teochew style crystal dumplings and siew bee. High tea: 3-5pm. Weekdays $19.80++ (adult), $13.80++ (child). Weekends $22.80++ (adult), $16.80++ (child).
#02-602, Blk 181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Tel: 6363 1717
This upmarket family favourite can also boast to serve seafood from sustainable sources. Recommended are their more unique creations, such as sautéed frog’s leg with dried chilli and peanut and deep-fried beancurd topped with cereal. Weekend 12noon-2:15pm; $48++ (adult), $24++ (child).
3/F Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6431 6156
The group opened their first restaurant in Singapore almost 30 years ago, specialising in Cantonese cusine. Take advantage of the fresh seafood the restaurant is known for by looking out for dishes such as the royal shrimp dumplings, and sauteéd fish slices with spring onions and ginger. Min 4 pax. Sat 11.30am-3pm; Sun 10am-3pm; $22.80++ (adult), $16.80++ (child).
The Arena Country Club, 511 Upper Jurong Road. Tel: 6262 6996
Yum Cha Restaurant
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; $21.80++ (adult), $16.80++ (child).
#02-01, 20 Trengganu Street. Tel: 6372 1717