For the rare few who have never tried them, dim sum are small plates of beloved Cantonese snacks. There’s a vast array of these bite-sized delights to choose from — some savoury and steamed, others sweet and fried — making dim sum a real crowd-pleaser.
The only trouble with dim sum lies in their small portions. Each serving of dim sum commonly comes in a steamer basket of three to four pieces, meaning you might only get to eat one miserable piece of your favourite dim sum if you’re dining with a group. That’s a real travesty to me, as I alone can easily wipe off 15 dumplings in a sitting.
Thankfully, many dim sum restaurants have long recognised this problem and come up with an ingenious solution: dim sum buffets. For all the big-eaters, dim sum devotees and buffet-lovers out there, I’ve compiled a list of 15 best dim sum buffets in Singapore, because who doesn’t love a dumpling or two? … Or 50?
Do take note that this list only includes the buffets’ adult prices, and it usually costs less to bring your child.
1. Hai Tien Lo
At Hai Tien Lo, Master Chef Lai Tong Ping presents a Dim Sum Buffet (S$63 on weekdays and S$73 on weekends).
Nestled within Pan Pacific Singapore, you can expect a sophisticated dining experience with expertly hand-crafted dim sum items, like Steamed Pork and Prawn Dumplings with Mushrooms and Bonito Flakes and Baked Hokkaido Cheese Tart.
2. Swatow Seafood (汕头海鲜)
Good ol’ Swatow Seafood at Toa Payoh is a reliable place for dim sum.
Their Dim Sum Hi-Tea Buffet (S$28.80++ on weekdays, S$31.80++ on weekends) is available from 3pm to 5pm daily, and comes with an array of dim sum delights to fill you up, like their Fresh Scallop Dumplings, Golden Custard Bun and their iconic Gold Fish Dumplings.
Situated in the enrichment-centre-riddled Thomson Plaza, Peach Garden is a popular family dining spot that serves quite a popular Weekend Afternoon Tea Dim Sum Buffet (S$28.80++).
Enjoy signature dishes like the Roasted Crispy Peking Duck, Steamed Live Prawn and Handmade Dim Sum in traditional push carts. With different dishes being served every week, there’s always something new to look forward to with each visit.
Furthermore, one diner dines for free with every three paying adults. What a steal!
Make a reservation at Peach Garden outlets: Chinatown Point | Hotel Miramar | OCBC Centre | The Metropolis | Thomson Plaza
4. Man Fu Yuan
InterContinental Singapore‘s Man Fu Yuan is bright and charming, making it a lovely place for a brunch gathering. Their Dim Sum Buffet Brunch (S$68++) runs only on weekends and public holidays, but each dim sum morsel is executed with finesse and served to you by attentive service staff.
As Man Fu Yuan’s buffet is done in an a la carte style, you can dine comfortably instead of being at the mercy of constantly moving push carts or being subjected to buffet line queues.
For a fine-dining Chinese restaurant, I was surprised to find that Si Chuan Dou Hua serves a quality dim sum buffet at a relatively reasonable price.
The Nostalgic Dim Sum Buffet Feast (S$50 from Mondays to Thursdays, S$58 from Fridays to Sundays and Public Holidays) does justice to classics like the fragrant, savoury Stir-fried Carrot Cake and Fragrant Yam Cake with Waxed Meat.
More premium selections limited to a single serving include Boiled Prawns in “Hua Diao” Wine and “Siew Mai” with Mini Abalone in Black Pepper Sauce.
Si Chuan Dou Hua has a bundle deal promotion where four adults can dine for S$218++ on Fridays to Sundays and public holidays. There’s a compulsory charge of S$5++ per person for tea and pickles though, so do take note.
181 Kitchener Road, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Level 3, Singapore 208533
+65 3138 5359
Buffet Timings: 11.30am – 2pm (Mon to Thu), 11.30am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3pm (Fri to Sun & Public Holidays)
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6. Yum Cha
Yum Cha has been around since 2000, and their Weekday High Tea Dim Sum Buffet (S$30.80++) serves decently yummy items, with 45 different options to choose from, like the Crystal Mushroom Dumplings, Prawn and Mango Sesame Fritters and Baked Mini Egg Tarts.
With a long history in the dim sum business, I think Yum Cha has managed to strike a satisfactory balance between the pricing of their buffet and the quality of their dim sum.
Situated in the stately Asian Civilisation Museum, Empress is a swanky dining room serving up contemporary fare. Their Weekend Dim Sum Brunch (S$58) has a decidedly smaller spread than I’ve seen at other establishments, but they compensate for this with modern, unusual items.
Try their Dried Scallop & Shredded Duck Porridge, Crispy Shrimp Rolls and Steamed Molten Salted Egg Custard Buns, or more premium selections limited to three portions per table, like the ‘Kung Pao’ Crispy Sesame Chicken and Triple Roast Platter. This is a great place to dine if you’re looking for dim sum that is chic, modern and delicious.
8. Tung Lok Seafood
Alright, don’t let the ‘Seafood’ in Tung Lok Seafood throw you off the dim sum scent here. Tung Lok may specialise in cooking seafood, but that hasn’t stopped them from crafting excellent dumplings and delicate pastries.
At S$39.80++ per person, this Ala Carte Dim Sum Lunch Buffet offers a selection of dim sum treats like Royal Shrimp Dumpling, Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken Wrapped in Lotus Leaf and Pan-fried Turnip Cake with Chinese Sausage, as well as other dishes like Salmon Sashimi and Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk.
9. The Clifford Pier
Overlooking Marina Bay, The Clifford Pier boasts not only a beautiful view, but also a location rich with historical significance, being the landing point of Singapore’s first immigrants. In line with preserving the hawker culture once bustling along the pier, The Clifford Pier presents local flavours that represent Singapore’s diverse cultures, and it just so happens that dim sum is one of its highlights, and a good one at that.
The Clifford Pier’s Heritage Dim Sum Brunch (S$69++) is a nostalgic dining experience, with authentic dishes and elaborate furnishings to recreate the bygone era. I’d recommend The Clifford Pier if you’d like a memorable dim sum meal. The menu is neither expansive or life-changing so you’d essentially be paying slightly more for the overall atmosphere and experience but it is, admittedly, quite lovely.
10. Beng Hiang Restaurant
Treat yourself to Beng Hiang Restaurant’s selection of dim sum dishes in their All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum Buffet (S$25.80+ from Mondays to Thursdays, S$28.80+ from Fridays to Sundays and Public Holidays), with dishes like Deep-fried Golden Bag with Minced Chicken, BBQ Honey Pork Bun and Thousand Layer Prawn Roll.
Their Beng Hiang Specials, the BBQ Honey Pork “Char Siew” and Roasted Pork, and Smoked Duck Breast with Lemon Sauce, are limited to one portion only.
11. Jia He Chinese Restaurant
Jia He Chinese Restaurant’s dim sum buffet prices differ depending on the number of diners. For the Weekday Lunch Dim Sum Galore Menu, you’ll have to pay S$36.80++ per pax if you’re dining in a group of two or three, and S$28.80++ per pax if you’re dining with four or more people.
Their Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Menu works similarly, at S$43++ per pax for groups of two or three and S$33++ per pax for groups of four and above.
Both weekday and weekend menus offer dishes like Crisp-fried Kurobuta Pork with Bell Pepper and Yam Dumpling, Steamed Assorted Mushroom Dumpling with Butterfly Pea Flower and Baked Egg Tart Pastry.
If you’re planning on stuffing yourself with dim sum treats at Jia He, be sure to jio more of your fellow dim sum-loving friends to get cheaper rates.
1 Farrer Park Station Road, Connexion, #01-14/15/16, Singapore 217562
+65 6694 8988 / +65 6694 9466
Buffet Timings: 11am – 3pm (Mon to Fri), 10.45am – 12.45pm & 1pm – 3pm (Sat to Sun)
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12. Red House Seafood
Indulge yourself at Red House Seafood, where the 51 dish selections in their A La Carte Seafood & Dim Sum Lunch Buffet (S$45++ on weekdays, S$55++ on weekends) will leave you spoilt for choice.
Their huge assortment of dishes include classic dim sum dishes like Pork & Shrimp Dumpling ‘Siew Mai’ and Char Siew Cheong Fun to more exciting varieties such as Truffle Scented Crispy Yam, Takesumi Chili Crab Bun and Salmon Sashimi.
13. Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Take in the enchanting views of the Marina Bay waterfront while enjoying an unlimited serving of dim sum dishes at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant.
Their All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum Buffet (S$32++ on weekdays, S$39++ on weekends and Public Holidays) comes with delectable dishes like Poached Pork Dumplings, Onsen Egg in Truffle Oil and Traditional Lor Mai Gai.
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14. Madame Fan
Madame Fan, located at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, presents a swankier option to satisfy your dim sum cravings. Their Ultimate Dim Sum Lunch (S$68++) operates on weekdays, with menu selections like Black Truffle Dumpling with Wild Mushroom, Crispy Duck Roll and Shredded Chicken Congee with Dried Scallop.
On weekends, indulge in their Cocktail Dim Sum Brunch (S$88++), presenting an even wider menu with dishes such as Japanese Crown Daisy Shrimp Dumpling, Steamed Boston Lobster with Preserved Chilli and Pan-seared King Oyster Mushroom Salad.
32 Beach Road, The NCO Club, Level 2, Singapore 189764
+65 6818 1921
Buffet Timings: 12pm – 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm (Sat to Sun & Public Holidays)
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