Yan Ting feels like dim sum heaven to me, in Singapore, at least. It is, in my opinion, that it’s on par with my other favourite dim sum joint, Royal China at Raffles Hotel, with the former being a little more grandiose in terms of ambience and ingredients. My other favourite dim sum joint is Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel which serves equally good dim sum choices.
Prices at Yan Ting are definitely a little higher when compared with some other outlets, but the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. The overall feel of the restaurant too, is a notch up of the rest. Coming from Perth, I must add that even dim sum at Yan Ting seems cheap when compared to the Chinese restaurants here. Affordability is relative, no?
It is an undeniable fact that I am very, very fond of the dim sum at Tim Ho Wan. Having first blogged about it sometime back in December 2010, I have since revisited Tim Ho Wan two more times; this post documenting the latest visit in January 2012.
Instead of paying a visit to the first branch located in Mong Kong, we decided to drop by their outlet in Sham Shui Po. Benefiting from a significantly larger premise and more service staff, the outlet has reeled in the crowds since it opened. Of course, the Sham Shui Po outlet has its detractors – the main comment that the food served here pales in comparison.
Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel is somewhat of a stalwart in the highly competitive dim sum scene that we have here in Singapore.
Weekend lunches here are a packed affair, so advanced reservations are a definite must.
I’ve always wanted to go to Li Bai - It’s one of those restaurants that seem to have been around for the longest time yet never had the chance to visit.
Located in the Sheraton Towers along Scotts Road, the venerable Cantonese restaurant is the flagship of the hotel. With heightened expectations, we went for lunch. Unfortunately, from what we had that day, I did not quite feel like it warrants a return visit. Perhaps I should have ordered from the dim sum ala carte menu or the ala carte menu instead of their set lunches. If I were to re-visit Li Bai, I would order straight from either of those menus.
Think Dim Sum in Perth and the one of the names that come to mind is Dragon Palace. It’s one of the few restaurants whose name is synonymous with authentic Dim Sum Lunches in Perth.
Situated in Northbridge, ala Chinatown, Dragon Palace Seafood Restaurant (it’s full name), is located within the premises of a two storey building that looked rather promising on first sight. Tables were spread out fairly far apart, unlike say Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and the noise levels for a yum cha dim sum restaurant are kept to a somewhat acceptable volume – you wouldn’t need to shout to get yourself heard - Lin Heung.
And so the hunt for dim sum here in Singapore continues…..This time, 37 storeys above ground at Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Hotel.
The views from the restaurant of the Bay area are rather excellent, coupled with their better-than-average dim sum, Hai Tien Lo is definitely one for the keeps (Especially if Royal China is full and unable to accomodate your reservation.)
I’ve always known of the existence of this really good restaurant that serves awesome dim sum at Raffles Hotel but never had the chance to give it a try.
Both the friend and I both had a severe dim sum craving that weekend and we just had to pay a visit to dim sum establishment; Granted it was a toss up between Wah Lok at Carlton and Royal China at Raffles, but I am glad that we chose Royal China.
Now that I have tried it, Royal China is easily THE restaurant for dim sum now!
If there is one thing that I miss from Hong Kong – it has got to be the avaibility of excellent dim sum! Choices are available, seemingly at every corner of the island to suit any budgets. On the one hand you have Man Wah and Lung King Heen etc. for Michelin-starred (and expensive) dim sum and on the other you have traditional tea houses like Lin Heung.
For those of you who get to have dim sum at the likes of Man Wah, lucky you; For the rest of us, Tim Ho Wan is here!
There are many things that you can associate Hong Kong with – Great Dim Sum, Friendly people, Lively tea houses and the list goes on.
蓮香樓 (Lin Heung Tea House) is the epitome of such great such association – Excellent Dim Sum, Friendly and Hospitable people and a lively tea house (char cha teng).