The Best Yum Cha Restaurants In Sydney
Yum cha is such a fantastically fun food experience for children. We have an absolute ball every time we go. And really, what’s not to love? A family-friendly restaurant experience, a selection of scrumptious delicacies wheeled around on cute little trolleys by servers who will take any opportunity to spoil your little ones!
While I think I may have a few dissenters (Sydney-siders are pretty faithful to their personal preference in yum cha restaurants) and it truly is hard to narrow down my yum cha favourites list, here are some of the best yum cha restaurants in Sydney.
Marigold is right in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown and offers an authentic, reasonably priced yum cha every day of the week. I’ve been having yum cha here ever since I was taken to the restaurant as a high school student on an excursion. It’s now a true favourite of my three-year-old and I. The waitresses are charming and delightful with children. My son’s picks? Sesame coated, glutenous lotus rice balls (they taste like peanut butter!), absolutely anything with prawns (the har gau a particular favourite) and the mango pudding.
Location: 683 George Street, Sydney
2. East Ocean
If your children are seafood lovers like my son is, then this is the place for you. East Ocean, also located in Chinatown, has the most wonderful selection of seafood dumplings and specialty dishes and has a fabulous atmosphere. For those less keen on seafood don’t be dismayed! East Ocean also offers a variety of traditional vegetarian and meat dishes.
Location: Level1/421-429 Sussex St, Haymarket
We can’t speak highly enough of the Phoenix restaurants when it comes to yum cha. While they’re a little more pricey than the Chinatown yum cha restaurants, they offer a predictably good menu with a few creative twists that you won’t find elsewhere. Extremely delicious food and with several locations across Sydney, you just can't go wrong.
Location: Sydney CBD, Zetland, and Rhodes.
Does anyone in your family suffer from an allergy? Or ractising a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Bodhi is the yum cha restaurant for you. Ideally situated close to the Australian Museum, Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic Centre and the Art Gallery of NSW, Bodhi offers vegan yum cha in Sydney that will surprise even devoted meat-eaters. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of traditional yum cha fare, it certainly doesn’t disappoint in its interpretation of the classics.
Location: 2/4 College St, Sydney
5. Kam Fook
If you’re on the North side of Sydney then look no further than Kam Fook located in Chatswood Westfield. Children will love the golden dragon wall feature and the chandeliers. Kam Fook offers an amazing selection of very traditional yum cha dishes that won’t disappoint.
Location: 600/1 Anderson Street, Chatswood
6. Fisherman’s Wharf, Pyrmont
Fisherman’s Wharf is appropriately located within Sydney fish markets, which is truly a food destination in itself. After you’ve enjoyed a stroll around downstairs, looking at the amazing array of fish on offer, head upstairs for some dumplings made from the freshest seafood in Sydney. They will validate your car parking ticket at the time of payment but you must ask them to do it or you’ll miss out!
Location: Pyrmont Bridge Road & Bank Street, Pyrmont
7. The Eight
The PLAYTIME arcade centre with dodgem cars is on the same floor (next door) to The Eight Resturant in Haymarket. There is a carpark available (you can validate your ticket at yum cha) which is super handy with little ones. The Eight change their yum cha menu regularly and are known to include fun yum cha dishes for kids like Minion looking yellow dumplings!
Location: 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
8. Mr. Wong
For a super-stylish yum cha restaurant you can't go past this trendy Merivale establishment. A hidden yum cha gem in a CBD alleyway, the dim sum at Mr. Wong shuns the traditional trolley delivery and instead serves yum cha off the menu, fresh from the kitchen. Specialising in seafood, the Mr. Wong menu offers a modern twist that will delight your senses. Served 10:30-12 on weekends.
Location: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
9. Golden Unicorn
Tucked away in Sydney's Eastern suburbs, this buzzing Chinese restaurant offers a huge, fresh yum cha selection that never disappoints. Golden Unicorn is a local favourite for its steaming hot dumplings, classic dishes and attentive service. It is great value too!
Location: 2/193 Maroubra Road, Maroubra
10. Golden Century
This iconic Sydney institution has gained a loyal following over the years for it's delicious, authentic food and it's generous opening hours, offering its famous cuisine into the early hours of the morning! Yum cha, however, is served between 12 and 3pm and continues the Golden Century tradition of using top quality local ingredients to serve the best, authentic dim sum experience, freshly prepared to order.
Location: 393-399 Sussex Street, Chinatown
11. The Dynasty
Don't let the location fool you! Hiding in Canterbury Leagues Club, The Dynasty offers an immersive yum cha dining experience with lush interiors and inspired decor that gives the impression you are adrift on a lagoon. Thankfully they also serve a delicious, authentic yum cha selection all prepared in-house. Dynasty gets busy on the weekends so be prepared to wait, but their yum cha is worth it!
Location: 26 Bridge Road, Belmore
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