Did you know ‘Dim Sum’ simply translates to ‘Touch the Heart’? See, you learn something new every day… Whether you’re looking for an informal place to tuck into your bamboo baskets, or somewhere a little bit special, we have rounded up our five of our favourite dim sum restaurants in London.
The Drunken Monkey
What: All day dim sum eatery with cocktails and DJ’s
Why: With most traditional dim dum restaurants in Shoreditch only serving at breakfast and lunchtime, this is the place to go if you’re craving the cuisine well into the evening. This one off place offers a massive selection on its dim sum menu, our personal favourite being the shrimp and leak dumplings or the chilli salt fried squid and healthy steamed pak choi on the ‘And then sum menu.’ This is a perfect hang out at the weekend where you can take full advantage of the 8 hour ‘Happy hour’ on Saturday and an even better ‘Happy all dayer’ on Sunday. With a different line up of DJ’s each night playing a mix of funk, soul, house and disco, can anyone else feel a Drunken Monday morning coming on?
Where: 222 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6PJ
What: Michelin-starred dim sum with an intimate feel
Why: The thing with Hakkasan, is it’s just unashamedly cool. It attracts the Londoners and A-listers alike with its chic, dark interiors who are looking for an intimate place to hang out and feast on Michelin Star food. The baked venison puff is incredible and the char sui bun is one of our favourites too. Love them or hate them, Kanye and Kim are fans and so are we.
Where: 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB
What: Cheap and cheerful dim sum with amazing views of London
Why: Here you can enjoy a variety of steamed bamboo baskets, each being under £4, while taking in the fantastic views of the River Thames and Tower Bridge. With an informal and modern atmosphere, you can simply just stop here for Dim Sum or if you wanted to be creative with your tastebuds, the Noodle Bar allows you to choose exactly what you want from Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and Thai. If you’re looking to create a special dim sum night with friends at home, or if you hadn’t planned on getting out of your onesie all weekend, there is a takeaway option available here too.
Where: 2 More London Place, Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2DB
What: Traditional and fresh, lively and huge!
Why: It’s always a good sign if there is a queue outside a restaurant don’t you think? Royal China is a popular restaurant that can be seen all over London, with Baker Street being the flagship restaurant. With its gold and black lacquer it offers to host the smallest of family gatherings or up to 200 guest banquets. Here you can enjoy traditional dim sum and Chinese tea in a lively atmosphere, a perfect place for an office party perhaps? And if you did decide to drink tea all night, you can leave with the confidence of knowing that you won’t be doing that awkward walk of shame to your desk in the morning. Phew what a relief. To ensure maximum freshness, the Dim Sum here is freshly steamed or fried just after you place your order. For pudding you have to try the back sesame dumplings in peanut crumbs… delicious.
Where: 24-26 Baker Street, Marylebone, W1U 3BZ
Wan Chai Corner
What: Old school dim sum in Chinatown
Why: Located on the corner of Gerrard Street, on the main thoroughfare of China Town this lovely little place is named after the busy and thriving commercial area on Hong Kong Island. Here you will find a comprehensive Cantonese menu, serving generous portions of dim sum and a full range of freshly roasted meat. If you want to try the chef’s recommendations order the roast duck with a steaming bowl of congee. You can even end your meal with a traditional fortune cookie, as let’s face it we all secretly love finding out what that crisp little piece of paper has to say don’t we?
Where: 3 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, W1D 5PD