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“Great food but hectic environment and cramp seating as usual” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tak Po

Tak Po
Ranked #705 of 10,422 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food but hectic environment and cramp seating as usual”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

A small place located in Chinatown but with a huge following. You probably can't find anywhere else to have Dim Sum or Chinese snacks, while looking at people bustling away, in an area with rich heritage culture.

As usual for a Sunday, the place was packed and we had to wait for an available table. The crowd is filled with people of different nationalities (I know this is strange as it sells Dim Sum). But, i guess for a Dim Sum Restaurant (If it is considered a restaurant) with so much fanfare (and good location), it is not surprising that even the tourists go in for a taste of the old Chinese lifestyle of yum cha.

The food is still good (this is like the umpteenth time i have went there for Dim Sum) and the staff is still rather friendly and prompt (Everyone seems so busy always). I simply love the open view kitchen, where you can see the cooks bustling and preparing what could well be your food.

The must tries are the rice rolls (soft and thin) with a very nicely blended sauce, the congee (I prefer the squid one and the pork one), the fried carrot cake (so much ingredients inside), the prawn with mango rolls (always so crispy and delectable) and the siew mai (4 in a steamer and you can really taste meat unless most sold outside where there is only starch and more starch).

If you still have space for more, you can try the egg tarts, glutinous rice with chicken (Lo Mai Kai), Fried banana with prawn and the Cha Siew Suo.

Of course there are many more. Like if you take raw food and wish to try the chinese style of sashimi, you can try the Yu Sheng or Raw Fish as well.

The only issue for me? The prices have gone up a fair bit and it now easily cost around 30 bucks for 2 persons on average to have a meal.

Lastly, to wash down all that, you can get a pot of tea to go with it all and truly yum cha.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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Geneva
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112 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Very affordable authentic chinese food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

During my visit in Chinatown I stopped by at Tak Po on 42 Smith Street. I wouldn't say that it is the cleanest or the most luxurious place I ever ate at (don't expect any decoration either, its very basic really)...but the food was tasty and good value for money. Service is fast and efficient.
As with all chinese restaurants in Singapore, you need to bring your own napkins along and you pay extra for everything you want...
You can sit inside or out. I don't think they take reservations...but you can try: 6225 0302

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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London
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food - casual meal spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2011

I pretty much agree with the other review, but I came away thinking it was excellent! I thought the food was really good, service was pretty good, the place is a bit canteen-like (plastic chairs etc, tables pretty close together. But small and light. Pretty much what I would expect. We went for lunch. Maybe my expectations should be higher in Chinatown in Singapore (I'm a NZer living in London), but I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend for a quick and easy casual lunch (or dinner). It's definitely not fine dining atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Buderim, Australia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Dim Sum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

Having wandered down Smith Street stalls and not been that inspired we happened upon Tak Po, lots of locals eating so we joined them and I am glad we did.

The Dim Sum were really good especially the Char Sui steamed buns, melt in the mouth light fluffy dough and a tasty filling. Service was friendly and really quick.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“If you are simply looking for a no hassle, fuss-free kind of dim sum, then this is it. Tak Po offers nothing out of the...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2009

If you are simply looking for a no hassle, fuss-free kind of dim sum, then this is it. Tak Po offers nothing out of the ordinary in terms of dim sum selection. Its dim sum is not bad but not exceptionally good either. Just good enough to fill your stomach I suppose...

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