Yum Cha, a tradition literally meaning “tea tasting” traces its roots back to travelers on the Silk Road who would take a stop to rest in various tea houses serving small snacks and a relaxing tea. The unique culinary art form of Dim Sum originates with the Cantonese in Southern China who transformed Yum Cha into a full dining experience. Tasty Dim Sum snacks are now a popular meal option around the world and most certainly in Dubai. For your Yum Cha try the following best Dim Sum restaurants in Dubai.
Radisson Blue Hotel
Dubai Deira Creek
Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at this swanky joint known throughout town for its delicious Yum Cha. Savour steady streams of delicious authentic specialities such as restaurant's specialities such as har gau crystal shrimp dumplings, tender braised veal shank with five-spice seasoning and stir-fried lobster with gailan. Order from the Yum Cha menu and delight in an array of dishes including dim sum, noodles, a variety of rice dishes and an endless array of Chinese specialities accompanied by soft beverages and Chinese tea.
Le Meridien Al Garhoud
One of the most authentic places to get your Dim Sum, enjoy an extensive menu in a traditional Chinese ambiance. Specializing in contemporary Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine, savour a delectable dim sum spread of steamed and fried dumplings. Head to the restaurant on a Friday and choose from a selection of 20 varieties of wontons, dumplings, buns and cakes. For those opting for more adventurous Yum Cha can try the cuttlefish curry, or for a more classic option, savour the traditionalprawn dumplings.
The Address Downtown Dubai
The Address Hotel's swanky Chinese restaurant serves upscale cuisine and in sophisticated setting. Excellent for contemporary Chinese cuisine although a bit lacking in creativity for Dim Sum enthusiasts. Nevertheless be sure to try the crystal dumplings which are light and hit the spot. Dim Sum Fridays, a tradition which dates back to the Qing Dynasty, is about savoring your meal in the good company of others and is another highlight of this elegant restaurant. Enjoy your meal outside with beautiful views onto the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.
The Dubai Mall
If you're looking for a dim sum quickie in an elegant and pleasant atmosphere, then try Ping Pong on the ground floor of The Dubai Mall. The Dubai counterpart of the London chain takes on a more contemporary Asian cuisine rather than focusing purely on Chinese specialties. Ping Pong is nevertheless known for its dumplings which available from an extensive list of delicious possibilities. Warm, comforting and chewy at times, Ping Pong's vast selection of dim sum is a quick way to get your Yum Cha fix.
Jumeirah Beach Plaza
Tucked away in Jumeirah Beach Plaza, at six pages long Duck King has perhaps the longest Dim Sum menu in all of Dubai. Enjoy creative specialties such as Jade Tofu made through a combination of tofu and spinach. As suggested by the name, the restaurant specializes in Duck so don't leave without trying the crispy duck buns.