Photo: Jin Shan Lou
For a quality dim sum buffet in a colonial setting
Simple and sophisticated, this Chinese restaurant with colonial décor is great for fine dining without being too formal. The popular dim sum buffet is available for weekend lunches only, and reservations are a must. The variety includes 22 dim sum items and a list of appetisers, mains and desserts. Some signature dim sum bites to zero in on are the steamed siew mai (pork and prawn open dumplings) topped with abalone, the pork-and-chives-stuffed guo tie (closed, leaf-shaped dumplings) and the deep-fried cheese dumplings. However, the top draw here are the crumbly and decadent oven-baked egg tarts.
Book a table here | Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Ground Floor, Fullerton Hotel | Buffet hours: Sat & Sun 1st seating 11am-12.45pm; 2nd seating 1-3pm | Price: $42.17 per adult, $21.06 per child
For elegant business lunches
Tucked away on the mezzanine level of the Grand Park City Hall is Park Palace. It serves authentic Cantonese fare in an elegant setting. The dim sum menu is available for lunch only and features staples like har gao (prawn dumplings, $5.80), siew mai ($5.80) and char siew sou (barbecued pork pastry, $5.80) among others. The flavour-packed dim sum are light enough for quick business lunches, without compromising on taste. For a truly decadent treat (and perhaps to impress clients) try the Imperial suckling pig, roasted to golden-brown with lemongrass and herbs ($238). Make sure you order the latter a day in advance.
Book a table here | Address: 10 Coleman Street, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Park City Hall | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
For more than Peking duck
As the name suggests, the 'must order' at this restaurant in Marina Bay is the whole Peking duck ($68) – sweet, savoury and flavourful meat carved table-side and eaten wrapped in pancakes. Do give the dim sum here a go – you will not be disappointed: the siew mai ($4.40) is succulent with a good balance of pork and shrimp, and the perfectly thin rice rolls come with scallops ($5.50) and is topped with a mild soy sauce. Also try the vegetarian steamed, mushroom dumplings ($3.90).
Book a table here | Address: 8 Marina View, #02-08/09/10 Asia Square, Tower 1 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm
Jin Shan Lou
Dim sum dining in Marina Bay Sands
Jin Shan Lou is great for people-watching – smack in the middle of Marina Bay Sands' hotel lobby, you can tuck into hearty Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan fare while watching the world go by (plenty of tourist traffic here). The kitchen is helmed by award-winning chef Huang Ching Biao whose dim sum menu includes winners like the abalone-topped pork dumplings, deep fried yam and Shanghai dumplings. These can be had in five- to six-course lunch sets, priced from $58. Opt to dine in one of their enclosed lantern rooms for a minimum spend of $600.
Book a table here | Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, #L1-05 Marina Bay Sands| Opening hours: Daily Lunch 11.30am-3pm, High tea 3-5pm
Tung Lok Signatures
For dim sum bestsellers under one roof
Tung Lok Signatures at The Central in Clarke Quay features a 'the best under one roof' menu and serves signature dishes from the various Tung Lok restaurants. Their lunch-only dim sum menu has all the usual suspects, as well as a few must-tries. Indulge with their deep-fried lobster roll with black fungus and bacon ($4.80) and the deep-fried crab meat rolls in spicy sauce ($4.80). End on a sweet note with one (or many) of their popular mini egg tarts ($3.80).
Book a table here | Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-88 Central | Opening hours: Lunch 11.30-3pm