Best yum cha in sydney

13 Spots For The Best Yum Cha in Sydney

The best yum cha spots in Sydney include XOPP by Golden Century, Mr. Wong, and JINJA. And while all of these restaurants are great spots to gather your closest mates and go wild on a prawn bun, dumpling, and tripe-eating trolley spree, our team of editors has rounded up a host of great spots to try. If the idea of nursing your wicked hangover by padding your stomach with greasy Chinese food sounds like your perfect lunch check out our list of the best yum cha spots in Sydney below. Each is a temple of deliciousness and variety unto itself.

Best Yum Cha in Sydney at a Glance

Our list of the best Yum Cha spots in Sydney goes like this.

Now we’ve rounded up our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.

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XOPP by Golden Century | Image: Supplied

1. XOPP by Golden Century

One of the more recent additions to Sydney’s yum cha scene, XOPP has become a popular choice among locals and visitors thanks to their signature dish, XO Pippies. But it’s not just the pippies people flock here for, there are plenty of other delicious eats on the menu, like live abalone, lobster and crab, cooked in fresh sauces with flavours like ginger, garlic and chilli making many appearances.

Address: Level M, Shop 31/1 Little Pier St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-3pm (for Yum Cha menu)
Phone: (02) 8030 0000

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The Dynasty Restaurant | Image: Supplied

2. The Dynasty Restaurant

One of the best yum cha spots in Sydney southwest of the bridge, The Dynasty Restaurant is the place to go for the ultimate authentic experience. Upon stepping inside, you will be immediately transported somewhere far away, with Pagoda-style timbers and a bamboo curtain roof for the fit-out. The menu is just as intriguing, packed full of every dim sum dish you could ever dream of. We especially love the steamed black truffle vegetable dumpling and the minced beef congee.

Address: 26 Bridge Rd, Belmore NSW 2192
Hours: Tue-Thur 11am-3pm & 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-3pm & 5:30-11pm, Sun 10am-3pm & 5:30-9pm
Phone: (02) 9704 7704

Check out Dynasty Restaurant Dynasty Restaurant Menu

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East Phoenix | Image: Supplied

3. East Phoenix

Inside spacious, modern East Village digs you’ll find an array of delectable yum cha at East Phoenix, the sixth member of the Phoenix Group family. Expect swift service, a healthy selection of wine and spirits, and reliably tasty takes on traditional fare along with a few exotic Chinese delicacies.

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Address: 3/2A Defries Ave, Zetland NSW 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-3pm & 5:30-10pm
Phone: (02) 9662 2088

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JINJA | Image: Supplied

4. JINJA

One of the newest yum cha venues in Sydney, we had a chance to attend JINJA soon after opening and loved everything from their Peking duck to king crab fried rice. This time around, the menu is expanding to include a yum cha option with a chef’s choice menu available for $70 per person and featuring a steamed dim sum platter, BBQ platter, selection of wok dishes and a dessert designed to share for groups of 4 or more. The steamed pork buns are some of the best we’ve tried in Sydney, and the sweet and sticky, honey-glazed char siu pork is next level.

Located in: The Governor Hotel
Address
: Level 1/9 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-4pm & 5-10pm, Sun 12-4pm
Phone: (02) 9287 1418

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East Ocean | Image: Supplied

5. East Ocean

If you like your yum cha with a side of seafood, then look no further than East Ocean for your next fix. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, this authentic Chinese restaurant specialises in live seafood cooking, and trust us, the freshness seriously can’t be beaten. So, order a few dishes from the yum cha menu and don’t be shy to take a peak at the seafood menu — we recommend the bean curd roll with seafood and Lycium, the baked durian puffs and if you’re feeling like a treat, the live lobster will not disappoint. 

Address: Level 1/421-429 Sussex St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm & 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm & 5-10pm
Phone: (02) 9212 1989

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Golden Unicorn Chinese Restaurant | Image: Supplied

6. Golden Unicorn Chinese Restaurant

The perfect combination of classic and contemporary Chinese cuisine, Golden Unicron Chinese Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best (and most affordable) yum cha spots in Sydney. The menu includes a dedicated vegetarian section with over 20 types of dumplings, but perhaps the best bit is their extensive dessert menu — the mango pancakes and baked egg custard buns simply cannot be missed.

Address: 2/193 Maroubra Rd, Maroubra NSW 2035
Hours: Mon-Tue & Thurs-Fri 11am-3pm & 5:30-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5:30-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9344 9278

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Sky Phoenix | Image: Supplied

7. Sky Phoenix

Boasting some of the speediest services when it comes to yum cha in Sydney, Sky Phoenix holds a special place in our hearts. With four restaurants scattered around Australia, they’re obviously doing something right, and we can vouch for it. The space is full of ambience, located in a high-rise on Ptt Street, and the menu features all your favourites — the salt and pepper calamari is particularly delicious.

Address: Shop 6001/188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon 11am-3pm, Tue-Sat 11am-3pm & 5:30-9:30pm, Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5-9pm
Phone: (02) 9223 8822

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Palace Chinese Restaurant | Image: Supplied

8. Palace Chinese Restaurant

Frequently pointed to as some of the best Chinese food in Sydney, Palace Chinese is an institution on the Sydney yum cha scene. From the menu, you can expect a variety of dumplings, and a lot of them (try the duck and mushroom!), pan-fried tofu rolls, steamed chicken feet, and prawn toast, just to name a few. Plus, they also have an extensive wine list, which makes us love it here even more.

Address: Shop 38 Level 1 Piccadilly Tower, 133/145 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-3pm & 5-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm & 5-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9283 6288

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Mr. Wong | Image: Supplied

9. Mr. Wong

We’ve all heard of Mr Wong, and it’s safe to say, our expectations live up to the hype every time we manage to get a table. The popular restaurant takes a boujee spin on traditional yum cha, serving up to 80 types of Cantonese-style dishes, spread over two levels of the establishment building. Our recommendation? The moody atmosphere and jazzy soundtrack make this the perfect spot for date night.

Address: 3 Bridge Ln, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Thur & Sun 12-3pm & 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-3pm & 5:30-11pm
Phone: (02) 9114 7317

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The Eight | Image: Supplied

10. The Eight

The little sister of Bondi’s Zilver restaurant, The Eight is paving its way as an iconic modern Chinese restaurant in its own right. With a stylish dining area and convenient location in Sydney’s Haymarket, this doesn’t mean The Eight takes shortcuts when it comes to the menu. Some of our favourites include the roast duck, chew chow dumplings, and the BBQ pork buns may be some of the best we’ve ever had.

Address: Market City Shopping Centre, Level 3/13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3:30pm & 5:30-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3:30pm & 5:30-11pm
Phone: (02) 9282 9988

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The Gardens by Lotus | Image: Supplied

11. The Gardens by Lotus

Not just offering some of the best yum cha in Sydney, The Gardens by Lotus is all about the full experience. Its location inside the famous Chinese Gardens of Sydney creates an atmosphere like no other, the ‘teahouse’ style of dining transporting you right to a rural oasis in China. They offer a modern take on Chinese high tea during the day, as well as a private dining space.

Address: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-3pm
Phone: (02) 8311 5156

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Royal Treasure Seafood Restaurant | Image: Supplied

12. Royal Treasure Seafood Restaurant

An authentic Cantonese dining experience, Royal Treasure Seafood Restaurant is unpretentious, down-to-earth and just what we feel like after a long week at work. When it comes to the menu, we recommend eating through it all (if possible) but, if you’re here for the first time, then some must-haves include their deep-fired dumplings, red bean buns, and the fish congee.

Address: Shop 16 Level 2/31/27 Belmore St, Burwood NSW 2134
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-3pm & 5:30-9:30pm, Fri 11am-3pm & 5:30-10pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm & 5:30-10pm
Phone: (02) 9747 0288

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Mama Mulan | Image: Supplied

13. Mama Mulan

Chatswood has it all when it comes to Chinese cuisine, and Mama Mulan is one of the standouts. What sets these guys apart is their modern take on Chinese food, serving up innovative spins on traditional yum cha dishes in a sleek, minimalist space with an open kitchen. Their yum cha menu is “eclectic yet sophisticated” featuring pork & prawn shumai, dried scallop & prawn bean sprout dumplings, and our personal favourite — custard buns.

Address: Level 1, The Concourse, Chatswood NSW 2067
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm & 5:30-10pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm & 5:30-9pm
Phone: (02) 9157 1488

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How Man of Many Chose the Best Yum Cha in Sydney

With more than 10 years of experience eating and drinking at the best restaurants around Australia, Man of Many’s team of editors has selected a list of the best yum cha spots in Sydney. Their list puts quality over quantity, with menus filled with char siu pork, outstanding vegetable dumplings, and delicious duck. Pull up a chair, order some tea, and unbutton those jeans because we’re diving headfirst into our favourite spots.

Yum Cha in Sydney FAQs

Where can I find the best yum cha in Sydney?

East Phoenix, East Ocean and Golden Times are some of the best yum cha restaurants in Sydney.

Where can I find affordable yum cha in Sydney?

The Golden Unicorn is an affordable yum cha restaurant in Sydney.

Where can I find the best dumplings in Sydney?

The Dynasty, Marigold, and Golden Times make some of the best dumplings in Sydney.


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Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in content marketing, lifestyle, architecture and travel coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has worked with Universal Magazines, various leading digital marketing agencies and The Local Project.