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“Yum Cha heaven”
Review of Marigold

Ranked #684 of 5,862 Restaurants in Sydney
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Yum Cha heaven”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We visited for Valentine's Day lunch after having (a) visited Hong Kong in January and enjoyed the Yum Cha trolley service (b) read the great reviews on here.

First things first - we arrived early for lunch (1145am) which is well worth doing - as the huge dining room was completely full by 1230.

The 5th floor room is a huge size (maybe 500 covers?) and traditionally decorated (including huge chandeliers) creating a great buzz throughout the restaurant and the trolley service is very efficient - trolleys constantly bringing new delicious dishes.

Second TOP TIP here is be patient - the trolleys come round constantly and if you fill up too early something else delicious may come out later.

We enjoyed prawn dumplings (traditional steamed hau gar and also a wonton style served on a plate with dipping sauce), roast BBQ pork meat, fabulous noodles, and a huge huge plate of deep fried squid. This was all as good dim sum as we have ever tasted anywhere in the world.

The only dish that detracted from 5* review was the gai lag - which was cooked in front of us - although was very oily when it arrived - was it braised in oil.

That said service was good and efficient - although as often with dim sum not as warm as it could be - and all in all good value for money at $60 for lunch including delicious jasmine tea.

We'll be back, would recommend - so do come early and be patient!

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic Chinese”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The seafood here is amazing and the energy during lunchtime Yum cha makes it an experience in itself. This si where you go to get a taste of China in Sydney. Well worth a visit for yum cha!

Visited August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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195 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
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“Good Yum Cha institution”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

It is great to be able to visit two Yum Cha restaurants in a week to provide a basis for comparison. My friends and I were at Marigold early on a Saturday morning. If you don't arrive early, just be prepared to queue.

Unlike the other restaurant I visited earlier in the week, Marigold's trolleys were coming around on a regular basis and there were ample choices. I am not sure if this is due to the weekends. Nevertheless, the dumplings were a good size and one could taste the various morsels that maketh a dumpling.

This restaurant was a buzz with customers and the waiters were going around filling up pots of tea. They were busy as they had a table with Barry O'Farrell and other politicians and the customers were also treated to a lion dance performance being Chinese New Year.

However, after a good run of dumpling dishes, it was a real let down when we wanted to get some egg tarts. After asking about 6 staff, no one could attend to our request. One said, 'you do not ask for the egg custard from me...look for the trolley'. Trolley after trolley came and went but alas, no egg tart. We even went round trying to look for the trolleys with the egg tart. Just goes to show how desperate we were. In the end, we had to go "chasing" after this lady who was carrying a tray full of freshly made egg tarts.

After the waiting (which would have been a good 1 hr) and thankfully we were not shoo-ed out we were finally ready to take our leave.

Not reasonably priced, expect around $25 per head but the variety and taste makes up for it ie. if you have a craving for yum cha.

  • Visited February 2013
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Philadelphia, PA
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“I can't give decent Yum Cha less than 4 stars”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

This place is basically a good Yum Cha (Dim Sum) restaurant. That is pretty much all you need to know.

It is not exactly the most reasonably priced Yum Cha though, with most dishes setting you back $4-6. If you have been eating good Dim Sum for example in New York or San Francisco you will be paying almost double here for exactly the same thing.

They have carts which is good - as you can be tempted.

  • Visited February 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Good Yum Cha in a typical Chinese Restaurant”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

What's there to say? selection and price were reasonable. Food was rather good, but with the exception of one lady, service was, well, shall we say typical. we went on a weekday AM so it was rather empty, but service was rushed and abrupt. this really does not detract from the experience and i would go back.

Visited January 2013
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