Mmmm: London's tastiest dim sum

We've put together a list of the best places to get your Dim Sum fix

Dim Sum Noun: A Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savory dumplings containing various fillings, served as a snack or main course.


Now, the dictionary definition doesn't exactly make you want to reach for your coat and get down to your nearest Dim Sum restaurant does it? Don't be put off by those fools at the Oxford English Dictionary though, this is a taste sensation that needs to be experienced only once before you're hooked.

We've put together a list of the best places to get your Dim Sum fix in central London... enjoy.




Royal China Club
40-42 Baker Street W1U 7AJ
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Is there any better combination than excellent dim sum and reasonable prices? No, of course there’s not. And with all the dishes to choose from at the Royal China Club – most of them exceptional – it’s a good thing that they come off as relatively inexpensive compared to the likes of Hakkasan. Worth a trip for the lobster alone but beware – it’s always busy.

  • CHINESE
New World Chinese Restaurant
1 Gerrard Place W1D 5PA
Region: Chinatown
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Hong Kong is a killer place to eat up dim sum and some of the best places you’ll find are sat - rather strangely – in shopping malls. Think vast round tables, thick carpet and trolleys of dumplings wheeled to your table. The New World may not be plonked in a Westfield (thank God) but it’s still the place to find the appeal of traditional HK dim sum in London and an experience worth paying for. The soft red décor is dotted with gold detailing and there’s a level of service that beats most China Town establishments. Chicken feet dumplings are an interesting choice.

  • CHINESE
  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 7/10
Hakkasan Hanway Place
8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

AIL Says: With a strong celebrity following to go with its one Michelin star, Hakkasan is the A-list of dim sum. The smart, chic and sexy way to enjoy some of the best dim sum you’ll ever taste.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 9/10
Shanghai
41 Kingsland High Street Kingsland E8 2JS
Region: Kingsland
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland

AIL Says: Phew. Now we’ve got the traditional out the way we can move into the realms of the more peculiar. Shanghai in Dalston doesn’t just produce excellent dim sum but hosts its own karaoke rooms so that you can enjoy a medley of shark fin dumplings and Mustang Sally. The Char Siu Bao are particularly good and now dim sum can be ordered in the evening too!

  • FAST FOOD TAKEAWAY
Yauatcha Soho
15-17 Broadwick Street W1F 0DL
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Opened by Alan Yau and the sister to Hakkasan, Yautcha is the chic way to indulge in dim sum. Crazy expensive? Yes, but not for the experience on offer. The restaurant prides itself on the quality of its ingredients and contemporary updates are evident in some of its dishes. Don’t leave without sampling the venison puff.

  • CHINESE
  • 64/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
The Drunken Monkey
222 Shoreditch High Street E1 6PJ
Region: Spitalfields
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Shoreditch fusion enterprise is a strange mix of urban cafe and authentic Hong Kong dim sum. Prices are inexpensive and lunchtime deals are plenty, all in all an unexpected winner in an area you’d least expect to find it.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • USERS 8/10
Lido
41 Gerrard Street W1D 5QF
Region: Chinatown
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Lido is the home of consistently consistent dim sum. Service comes with a smile and the atmosphere is just about soothing enough to feel like you’re allowed to relax. The steamed baskets of dumplings appeal for their freshness, which is all too often a problem in China Town. Solid dishes every time makes Lido a top recommendation.

  • CHINESE
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Pearl Liang
8 Sheldon Square W2 6EZ
Region: Paddington
Nearest Station: Warwick Avenue (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: You just have to take a look at Pearl Liang’s website to see that what awaits you is an altogether more classy affair than simple service and basic Chinese food. Resplendent with fuscia pink chairs and an on site cocktail bar it’s Paddington’s answer to Ping Pong – only with a little independent finesse. Traditional dim sum is paired with exciting admissions to their menu that include the amazing wasabi prawn dumplings. Chinese eating doesn’t get a whole better.

  • CHINESE
  • USERS 1/10
Ping Pong Restaurant
45 Great Marlborough Street W1F 7JL
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: It may be the big bad chain to have stormed into the dim sum world but Ping Pong deserves its kudos. Having raised awareness of the attraction of quality dim sum, the stylish outfits of Ping Pong are always comfortable and refined at the very least.

  • CHINESE
  • USERS 6/10


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