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“Solid Dim Sum in Chinatown”
Review of Yum Cha Restaurant

Yum Cha Restaurant
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Sun, 2/23
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Ranked #726 of 15,292 Restaurants in Singapore
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Area/City Area
Description: Yum Cha Restaurant first opened its doors in the heart of Chinatown. Yum Cha first started out in 2000 near Temple Street, Chinatown, with the aim of bringing back the dim sum tea house concept in a shophouse setting, with marble tables and wooden chairs for a nostalgic feel. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Yum Cha Restaurants offer a unique dim sum dining experience – be it for lunch or dinner. Famed for its large variety of dim sum, ranging from traditional recipes such as Fish Roe with Siew Mai and Xiao Long Bao, to some of our chef’s modern creations, such as Mango Prawn Sesame Fritters and Squid Ink Dumplings. Yum Cha Restaurants have also extended their menu to include in favourite local items and seafood dishes, such as their Salted Egg Prawns and Roasted Peking Duck.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

- Location: The restaurant is located on the second floor. The first floor only has a red door and a small sign.
- Solid Dim Sum Restaurant that passed the test.
- Recommend the Steam BBQ pork buns and Fried Sweet Potatoes with Scallop.

Yum Cha is a decent dim sum restaurant that you would visit if you were craving it and nearby. The ambience is a little on the upscale side but with reasonable prices.

If you do decide to visit, the location can be a bit tricky. It's located on the second floor with only a door and small sign on the first floor (Sandwiched between two gift shops, You can look through my photos for the sign. The restaurant itself is pretty huge for SG standards and able to accommodate multiple huge parties.

When you sit down, you're given a menu to order your dim sum items. There aren't any food carts they push around. However, the service was slow, so you should expect to wait and extended period of time to receive your food. (Average 30 mins, minus a star there).

The food itself i must admit was delicious. I ordered the following:
- Steamed BBQ pork (Recommend)
- Crystal Chieves dumpling
- Fried Sweet Potatoes w/scallop (Recommend)
- Xiao Long Bao
- Rice Porridge w/Century egg
- Lotus leaf Rice

Keep in mind the portions are smaller than your typical Dim sum restaurant. So if you're starving, you should order one extra one.

Lastly, they tend to nickel and dime you with the tea and for the wet napkins.

Overall, I would visit again.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank georgepaipai
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A meal here was part of a cruise excursion. You'd be hard pressed to find the entrance amongst the rabbit warrens of Singapore's China town. Must be popular as there was a fair queue to get in. Service was very quick and the food was served hot and all was tasty. No complaints from our group of 20.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank LinoSheffield
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Reviewed January 16, 2020

Had a gathering with friends here. Wide varieties of foods mainly snacks (dim sum) to choose from. Good foods provided. To get the best out of the foods, it is best consumed while it is hot. We even ordered a prosperity toss.
Will definitely come again.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Marcusmeow
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Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

Tried after much feedback from friends on the place. Overall the food was good and staff was quite attentive.
Lookout for their crab meat egg white fried rice...

The only thing was their lift and escalator was not working. Had to carry stroller up and down the stairs. Cant imagine if elders come for their meal had to do the same thing.

Overall a must come back

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank nicholasw729
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Reviewed November 26, 2019

admittedly, it is hard to find in the hearth of Singapor´s Chinatown: you have to walk up one storey and the way is not really inviting - it is dirty to be straight. BUT, inside it is like ion an old-time Chinese busy place, with waitresses that have aged with the restaurant and that will help you with the right choices aminos the many delicacies. I just love all these different dumplings and fish and appetizers - and all come in small portions - so best is to come with a group and share.

Highly recommended

Date of visit: November 2019
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Thank joeschmitt2018
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