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The Best Dim Sum in London

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Where to get your dumpling fix

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From glamorous speakeasies to authentic Cantonese restaurants, we’ve found the best dim sum restaurants in London to fulfil all your dumpling needs… 

The Best Dim Sum in London

Din Tai Fung Centre Point

Dumplings in traditional steam baskets

 

Din Tai Fung is a legendary Chinese restaurant that is internationally beloved for its Xiao Long Bao, which means “little dumpling in a basket”. These dumplings originate from the Jiangnan region of China and are filled with broth and steamed in a bamboo basket. It all started from humble beginnings in Taiwan decades ago with Mr Bing-Yi Yang and his wife. Today, the brand offers a taste of Taiwan to the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Europe, and Thailand. It was even awarded a Michelin star at its branch in Hong Kong. There is no where else that does Xiao Long Bao quite like this! dintaifung-uk.com

Yauatcha

Yuatcha Spicy har gau

With locations in Soho and the City, Yauatcha offers authentic Cantonese cuisine in a sleek and modern setting. Expect superior dim sum – think har gau, scallop shui mai, and the wickedly delicious seafood black truffle dumpling – as well as Yauatcha’s speciality handmade sweets. yauatcha.com

Park Chinois

park chinois dim sum

Head to Mayfair on a Saturday to experience Park Chinois’ Afternoon Soiree. Offering a decadent dining experience every Saturday afternoon, guests can enjoy a mixture of small and larger plates and of course, the Chef Selection of Dim Sum, before finishing off with a seasonal dessert special. During the meal, you can expect captivating circus-style performances to ensure the soirée is something special. Dress code is smart elegant. Reserve through parkchinois.com

Opium Chinatown

chopsticks with dim sum on end

A 1920s-themed Shanghai speakeasy located in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll find Opium hidden behind a jade coloured door. This secret haven offers three separate bars within a bar, each with its own distinctive design, drinks, seating style and personality: the Academy bar, the Apothecary bar, and the Peony Bar. Offering a range of experimental and distinctive cocktails alongside authentic dim sum, you’re guaranteed a truly special night out in Soho. And for those night owls who dream of late-night dining in London, it’s open till 3am every Thursday to Saturday. opiumchinatown.com

New Loon Fung

This is a hidden gem amongst an abundance of options. It’s sure to become a firm favourite, proven by the plethora of loyal regulars who return again and again. Energetic and bustling, it offers a truly authentic dining experience with seriously good and traditional Cantonese dim sum. Plus, it’s got its own supermarket below – so you can pick up ingredients to carry on the cuisine experience back at home. chinatown.co.uk

Ding Dong Dim Sum

dim sum package

Ding Dong Dim Sum have made it easier for dumpling lovers to enjoy their favourite cuisine at home – and in an eco-friendly way. Offering a range of ready-to-cook yummy dim sum meal kits spanning from seafood specials to veggie-only options, each order comes with a biodegradable bamboo steamer so you can cook them properly. Plus, the box is wrapped in wool (a natural insulator), and each package is polystyrene-free, recyclable or biodegradable. dingdongdimsum.com

Tao Tao Ju

selection of dim sum

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Chinatown sits the award-winning Tao Tao Ju. Following in the culinary tradition of Chinese home-style cooking, its dim sum is truly spectacular. Choose from the extensive wine list and enjoy dumpling favourites like Har Gau and Pork Siu Mai in its airy and open dining room. It’s perfect for special dinners out – we’d recommend booking first for this one though, particularly for its special Chinese New Year celebration on 5 and 6 February. taotaoju.co.uk

Ping Pong

chicken and coriander dumplings on yellow square plate with red background

With locations in London’s most vibrant areas – Soho, Covent Garden and Southbank – you’ll be spoilt for choice at Ping Pong, with its combination of delicious dim sum with yummy cocktails. Catering to all your dumpling needs, there’s all-you-can-eat on Lazy Sumdays, half price deals on weekday afternoons, Saturday bottomless brunches, and a special Chinese New Year menu for the whole of February. pingpongdimsum.com

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