Jacob Osborn
15 Best Yum Cha Restaurants in Sydney | Man of Many
Whether you’re popping in for brunch or dinner, Golden Century will never do you wrong. The Chinatown staple delivers tasty yum cha and classic entrees alike. Pull up a chair next to the lobster tank to whet your appetite while you wait for the trolley to come rolling around.
1. Golden Century
Widely considered as the best yum cha in Sydney, The Dynasty holds court in the Canterbury Leagues of all places. Their steamed prawn dumplings, turnip cakes and barbecued pork buns are the stuff of legend.
2. The Dynasty
Inside spacious, modern East Village digs you’ll find an array of delectable yum cha at East Phoenix, 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.
3. East Phoenix
Since 2005, Zilver has been stuffing stomachs and flooring taste buds thanks to classic yum cha with a modern twist. Look for the line out front and follow the smell of freshly cooked seafood inside.
4. Zilver
Year after year, Marigold delivers some of the best yum cha Sydney has to offer and thereby remains an essential Chinatown destination. People go crazy for the tripe, prawn dumplings and other delectable mainstays. You’re not a true Sydney yum cha enthusiast until you’ve tried this place.
5. Marigold
On the prowl for fresh, delicious, no-frills yum cha in the heart of Chinatown? Look no further than East Ocean. They keep it tasty and basic and you’ve never been happier, permitted you don’t mind the occasionally spotty service.
6. East Ocean
With such a catchy name, it’s no wonder that top yum cha Sydney spot, Golden Unicorn, is wildly popular among the younger crowd. Naturally, the affordable prices and tasty dishes also have something to do with it.
7. Golden Unicorn
Located in the heart of the CBD is another offspring from the Phoenix Group. As one might expect, Sky Phoenix provides an array of yum cha stunners in a modern, sophisticated setting. Order some food, sip on a drink or two and enjoy the ambiance.
8. Sky Phoenix
Dispensing dumplings, buns and noodles by day and offering fresh seafood straight out of the tank by night, Golden Times gives Ashfield its yum cha fix one savoury bite at a time.
9. Golden Times
If you’re just not feeling bare-walled banquet setting and factory line service so common among Sydney’s yum cha spots, head on over to Mr. Wong from Merivale. Located inside a stunning two-story colonial spread, the restaurant upgrades your favourite dim sum classics by way of discernibly modern technique. That’s joined by exceptional service and an award-winning wine list. Expect great things.
10. Mr. Wong
Frequently pointed to as some of the best Chinese food in Sydney, Palace Chinese is a veritable favourite among the CBD lunch crowd. If the endless variety of yum cha is overwhelming your brain, order the Peking duck or stir-fried kangaroo fillet instead.
11. Palace Chinese
Now hosting three Sydney locations and still riding high from its 2015 Michelin star, Tim Ho Wan brings authentic Hong Kong flavour to a perennially receptive Aussie crowd. Check it out as soon as possible, if only so you can taste those epic dumplings that everyone keeps talking about.
12. Tim Ho Wan (now Canton! Canton!)
Spread between Sunny Harbour’s multiple levels is a seemingly endless feast of prawns, dumplings, custards, stuffed Chinese donuts and everything else you can think. Come here with a group of friends and cure your collective hangovers like the weekend warriors you are.
13. Sunny Harbour Seafood Restaurant
Located in the Sydney Fish Market, Fisherman’s Wharf is a prime destination for those who can’t get enough fresh seafood. And we’re not kidding. In fact, the seafood here is so fresh here that sometimes it’s still alive when you’re eating it.
14. Fisherman’s Wharf
Let’s be honest, even the best yum cha Sydney restaurant can sometimes cut a few corners when it comes to produce. By contrast, The Eight in Market City proudly aims for the freshest produce it can find. The resulting flavours speak for themselves.
15. The Eight
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