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20 Best Yum Cha Restaurants in Sydney [2024]

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If you’re looking for the best yum cha Sydney restaurants, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 20 yum cha hotspots that will satisfy your cravings. From traditional Chinese dishes to modern twists on classic favourites, these restaurants have something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start sampling!

1) Hung Cheung

Key ServiceTraditional Chinese cuisine and yum cha
Address338 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia
Websitehttps://hungcheung.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9560 4681
Operating HoursDaily 10AM–9:30PM

Hung Cheung, in the inner city of West Melbourne, is without a doubt one of the greatest brunch choices. The quality and diversity of dim sum served here are exceptional, but the service isn’t really anything to write home about.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers dishes for vegetarians
  • Efficient service
  • Good standard yum cha quality

Customer’s Review:

Lovely customer service from the team who were serving the food! Unfortunately the restaurant was slightly understaffed so sometimes when we asked for something such as soy sauce with chilli, we were forgotten! Tea does cost you $2 per head! Other than that, would visit again, the dishes were authentic and delicious and the food came out hot and immediately! Really loved the flavour of the tea as well!

Jane D

2) Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Key ServiceOne of the largest yum cha restaurants
Address84 Broomfield Street Cabramatta, NSW, Australia 2166
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Iron.Chef.Restaurant/
Phone+61 2 9723 6228
Operating HoursMonday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

When you’re in Cabramatta, Sydney’s “Little Vietnam,” try ordering a Vietnamese iced coffee instead of the Chinese tea. The siu mai, steamed dumplings (filled with pork, prawn, or vegetable) are all excellent and well prepared at one of the biggest yum cha restaurants . If you’re in the mood for some fried or grilled food, try the roast pork belly (peking duck is only available on certain days) or fried calamari.

Key Differentiators:

  • Served at round tables with lazy Susans
  • Offers 10% off on weekends
  • Wide variety of yum cha and specials

Customer’s Review:

Family favourite. Quite busy if you go at lunch time but the wait for a table is never too long. Good variety of dishes and quick service. One star off as I find the tastiness of the dishes are not always consistent on visits.

C Y

3) Zilver

Key ServiceModern takes on dim sum & yum cha
AddressLevel G, 191 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.zilver.com.au/
Phone(02) 9211 2232
Emailinfo@zilver.com.au
Operating HoursLunch:
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:30pm
Saturday -Sunday 9:00am -3:30pm
Dinner:​​
Monday – Sunday 5:30am – 11:00pm

Zilver is known for its efficiency. This eatery, located on the first floor, is quick to seat you and serve you. There appears to be a lot of business lunches going on around us. When you’re near the kitchen, service is especially quick – they have trolley gridlock one point with two steamer trolleys, a fried cart, and a Chinese broccoli station, all of which served pre-cooked green bales under plastic lids rather than the hot pots that they plunge the veggies into as you wait.

Key Differentiators:

  • Amazing services at reasonable price
  • Decent selection of food
  • Fast Service

Customer’s Review:

Really great yum cha experiences: will say one of my favourites. Dishes have a real freshness and the service was great: friendly and as you would expect quick. Just loved it.

James Arvanitakis

4) East Phoenix

Key ServiceLarge, sleek venue for Chinese dishes and yum cha
AddressShop 6001/188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.phoenixrestaurantsco.com.au/
Phone02 9223 8822
Emailinfo@phoenixrestaurantsco.com.au
Operating HoursMon – Sun 11am – 3pm
Tue – Sat 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Sun 5:00pm – 9:00pm

The most sleek and elegant yum cha restaurant may be found in the East Village Shopping Centre in Zetland. The black, white, and red color scheme emits a sharp yet inviting vibe. If you don’t want to veer from your favorite meal options, never fear! The steamer trolley with all of the classics (prawn har gao, steam buns, siu mai) appears frequently enough to keep you content.

Key Differentiators:

  • Wide sets of menu
  • Attentive servers
  • Offers private rooms for group bookings

Customer’s Review:

A wonderful experience with amazing food and service that is reasonably price. Convenient location, parking with 2 hours free. Highly recommend.

Andy Yin

5) The Dynasty

Key ServiceYum cha served in an elegant venue
Address26 Bridge Rd
Belmore NSW 2192 Australia
Websitehttps://canterbury.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9704 7704
Operating HoursLUNCH
From 11am – 3pm (Tue – Fri)
From 10am-3pm (Sat-Sun)
DINNER
From 5.30 – 9pm (Sun, Tue – Thurs)
From 5.30 – 10pm (Fri – Sat)

The foyer of the Canterbury League Club, which features a waterfall, fake tiki torches, real indoor plants, and a lagoon, is worth seeing just for the beautiful indoor rainforest. The Dynasty Chinese Restaurant is located behind it, where yum cha is served every day from 11 am until 3 pm on weekdays and 10 am every weekend when reservations are necessary for the red dining room. There isn’t much trolley service.

Key Differentiators:

  • Freshly prepared food
  • Serves traditional Cantonese yum cha
  • Friendly staff

Customer’s Review:

This is one of our favourite yum cha places in Sydney and we have been coming for years. The food is freshly prepared, tastes great and is reasonably priced. The service is friendly and polite. The restaurant is also very clean. Highly recommended if you are in the area.

Jake

6) Mr Wong

Key ServiceLavish French-colonial setting
Address3 Bridge Lane Sydney, NSW, Australia 2000
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/mrwongsydney/
Phone+61 2 9114 7317
Operating HoursDaily: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Mr. Wong is a great example of one of Merivale’s top chefs, Dan Hong, who created a contemporary and fresh take on traditional yum cha in Sydney. This isn’t like any other place on the list because it has some standards with just a little variation to them. The prawn toast with foie gras and sesame is an excellent illustration of that. Don’t worry, all of Mr. Wong’s lunchtime-only dim sum menu features classics like barbecue pork buns, spinach dumplings, and silky cheung fun (rice noodle roll).

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves vegetarian options
  • Serves great cocktails
  • Courteous staff 

Customer’s Review:

Mr. Wong has got to be one of the best restaurants for whatever occasion. The food here was absolutely delicious and the portions did not disappoint. We had several doggy bags!

Abhinav Bidani

7) Golden Unicorn

Key ServiceTraditional Chinese dishes plus yum cha
AddressLevel 2, 193 Maroubra Road, Maroubra, NSW, Australia, New South Wales
Websitehttps://goldenunicorn.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9344 9278
Emailinfo@goldenunicorn.com.au
Operating HoursLunch Monday – Friday, closed Wednesday
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lunch Saturday – Sunday
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Dinner Monday – Sunday, closed Wednesday
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Golden Unicorn’s hours are posted on their website, but it goes by the rule of “First come, first served.” They might be long, but the wait is definitely worth it for one-of-a-kind yum cha cuisine. While you wait, eat more than 15 varieties of dumplings, from standard prawn to deep-fried seafood varieties.

Key Differentiators:

  • Nice and cosy place for yum cha
  • Good place for family and friends
  • Best dumplings

Customer’s Review:

Nice quality restaurant for Chinese food. Great for lunch in the afternoon with yum cha and great for dinner.

Faraday Lauren

8) Palace Chinese Restaurant

Key ServiceLunchtime yum cha and an extensive supper menu
AddressShop 38, Level 1, Piccadilly Tower, 133-145 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW
Websitehttps://palacechinese.com.au/
Phone+612 9283 6288
Emailinfo@palacechinese.com.au
Operating HoursLUNCH
Tue, Wed Thurs & Fri 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Sat & Sun 9:00AM to 3:00PM
DINNER
Tue, Wed Thurs & Fri 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Sat & Sun 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Palace Chinese Restaurant, located near the Piccadilly Tower in Sydney’s CBD, provides both classic and modern Cantonese dishes to match any customer’s preference. Even better, Palace offers an amazing dim sum experience every day of the week!

Key Differentiators:

  • Food is always hot when served
  • Good portions
  • Serves fresh dumplings

Customer’s Review:

One of the best yum cha places I’ve been to! Every dish tasted so good and the mango sago at the end is a good finish to a meal.

Vicky Du

9) The Gardens By Lotus

Key ServiceTeahouse-style dining and events space
AddressChinese Garden of Friendship,
Pier St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Websitehttps://www.lotusdininggroup.com/restaurant/the-gardens-by-lotus/
Phone02 8311 5156
Emailenquiries@lotusdininggroup.com
Operating HoursWednesday – Sunday
11:00am – 3:00pm

This weekend, yum cha place is located right next to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. You can enjoy a variety of difficult-to-find urban serenity while dining on Lotus’ delicious food. The Gardens by Lotus offers chicken and kimchi wontons, duck pancakes, and seven-spice calamari that are sure to please your taste buds.

Key Differentiators:

  • Tranquil ambience
  • Quality ingredients
  • Located in beautiful Chinese gardens

Customer’s Review:

We had one of the banquets and honestly could not fault any of it. Every dish was so tasty, especially the oysters with yuzu dressing. Quality ingredients used and flavour profiles that everyone loved. Also the service we received was impeccable; friendly and efficient. And of course the atmosphere and ambiance is so tranquil, being inside the beautiful Chinese gardens. Definitely recommend coming here for an all-round amazing experience.

Sue

10) Mama Mulan

Key ServiceBeautiful and unique yum cha items
AddressLevel 1, The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW, 2067
Websitehttps://www.mamamulan.com.au/
Phone(02) 9157 1488
EmailGeneral enquiries: info@mamamulan.com.au
Reservation/function enquiries: reservations@mamamulan.com.au
Operating HoursLunch
Monday – Sunday – 11:30am-3pm
Dinner
Monday – Saturday – 5:30pm-10pm
Sunday – 5:30pm-9pm

Chatswood, a vibrant multi-cultural neighbourhood in Sydney’s East, has several Chinese restaurants, including Mama Mulan, which serves delectable yum cha. Their dim sum menu is fantastic, with options ranging from common Chinese cuisine to dumplings, fresh seafood and delicious desserts, but with a contemporary culinary twist.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves traditional with modern twist of dishes
  • Unique yum cha items
  • Wide vegetarian options

Customer’s Review:

Highly recommend! Went here with a friend and the food was amazing. Favourites were the pork belly and mocktails. Even better is the service – staff were very attentive to our needs! Would go again.

Steffany Ngu

11) The Eight

Key ServiceUpdated Chinese dishes plus yum cha
Address9/13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Websitehttps://www.theeightrestaurant.com.au/
Phone(02) 9282 9988
Emailinfo@theeightrestaurant.com
Operating Hours​Lunch: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:30pm
Saturday -Sunday 9:00am – 3:30pm
Dinner:
Monday – Sunday 5:30pm -11:00pm

The Eight is Sydney’s largest Chinese restaurant and boasts one of Australia’s most diverse dim sum menus. For the freshest and quickest service, get a table as close to the kitchen as possible. The mango pancakes and har gows (steamed prawn dumplings) are not to be missed!

Key Differentiators:

  • Big servings
  • Fresh food with lots of choices
  • Plenty of trolleys

Customer’s Review:

Authentic, but expensive, as they come. As with any dim-sum place, carts roll by with a wide variety of choices and The Eight was no different. The food was warm, fresh and plentiful.

Anna Blackman

12) Vinh Phat

Key ServiceOffering Chinese cuisine with seafood & dim sum specialties
AddressLevel 1 – 10-12 Hughes St Cabramatta, NSW, Australia 2166
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/VinhPhatCabra
Phone+61 2 9726 2720
Operating HoursDaily 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

If you’re looking for an authentic and flavorful yum cha experience, look no further than Vinh Phat on Hughes Street. One of the finest Chinese restaurants in Cabramatta, Vinh Phat has been serving the community since 1985 with Cantonese-style dim sum dishes. Located in a culinary melting pot that combines Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, and Chinese cuisines, Cabramatta is just an hour west of Sydney.

Key Differentiators:

  • Provides an authentic and flavorful yum cha 
  • Serves Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, and Chinese cuisines
  • Most affordable dim sum

Customer’s Review:

Delicious dimsum! The line is long but it moves quickly. We came on a Saturday afternoon and queued for about 30 mins. If you drive, it is recommended that you drop off your passengers to queue while you look for parking. It is quite tough to find parking on weekends there.

Tessa Joana

13) Star Capital Seafood Restaurant

Key ServiceFreshly cooked dim sum
Address399 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia
Websitehttps://starcapitalseafood.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9412 3888
Emailbookings@starcapitalseafood.com.au
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM

The second of three restaurants on this list of top Sydney yum cha eateries is Star Capital Seafood Restaurant in Chatswood, which is the second-largest suburb in New South Wales. Star Capital Seafood Restaurant serves authentic Cantonese food and yum cha dishes, as well as excellent Chinese tea. Capital Star is located near Chatswood station on busy Victoria Avenue. They aren’t the cheapest, but the food and service are decent.

Key Differentiators:

  • Plenty of dim sum selection
  • Fast table service

Customer’s Review:

One of the few dim sum places remaining in northern Sydney. We were sat in a room away from crowded common area. I was worried we won’t get the dim sum carts coming by. The server assured me he would make sure we got all dishes we wanted, and we did! Good customer care. It was on the pricy side, but it seems to be the case for dim sum places.

Kitty

14) Royal Treasure Seafood Restaurant

Key ServiceWide range of yum cha options
AddressShop 16 Level 2
27-31 Belmore Street
Emerald (B1) Square
Burwood NSW 2134
Websitehttps://www.royaltreasure.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9747 0288
Emailroyaltreasure.sr@gmail.com
Operating HoursYum Cha:
Mon – Fri 11am -3pm
Sat – Sun 10:30am -3pm
A La Carte Dinner:
Mon – Thur 5:30pm – 9.30pm
Fri – Sun 5:30pm – 10pm

When you find that the whole town loves Royal Treasure’s yum cha, it feels like winning the jackpot. You can enjoy leek pancakes while eagerly devouring dishes like freshly-cooked leeks and seafood dumplings, chicken and mushroom dumplings, taro cakes, stir-fried turnip cake in XO sauce, or steamed prawn and pork bean curd roll.

Key Differentiators:

  • Reasonably priced
  • Private room options 
  • Free complimentary soup

Customer’s Review:

Been here a few times, the food and service is always great. Reasonably priced too and easy access to parking when early. Private room options too with minimum spend. Free complimentary soup of the day that doesn’t taste salty or with lots of msg and fruit and cookies for dessert.

Lina

15) Golden Century

Key ServiceDelicious yum cha and classic entrees
AddressThe Darling Exchange Mezzanine Level 1 Little Pier Street Sydney NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.goldencentury.com.au/
Phone+61 2 8030 0000
Emailadmin@xopp.com.au
Operating HoursMon: Closed
Tue – Sun:
Lunch 12 – 3pm
Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm (Fri/Sat till 11pm)

Golden Century is the perfect place to go whether you’re looking for brunch or dinner. The Chinatown staple offers delicious yum cha and classic entrees, so you’ll never leave disappointed. Sit next to the lobster tank while you wait for your food to get your appetite going!

Key Differentiators:

  • Professional staff
  • Chic Modern Chinese restaurant with live seafood tanks
  • Specialising in lobster, abalone and crab

Customer’s Review:

The staff were amazing and very professional. The food was delicious and very filling. I highly recommend this place.

Trev Smith

16) East Ocean

Key ServiceYum cha, live-cooked seafood and traditional Chinese dishes
AddressLevel 1, 421 – 429 Sussex Street,
Haymarket NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.eastocean.com.au/
Phone02 9212 1989 /
0482 056 370
Emailbooking@eastocean.com.au
Operating HoursMONDAY TO THURSDAY
10:00-15:00 I 17:00-22:00
FRIDAY
10:00-15:00 I 17:00-23:00
SATURDAY
9:00-15:00 I 17:00-23:00
SUNDAY
9:00-15:00 I 17:00-22:00

Are you hunting for new, delicious, no-frills yum cha in the center of Chinatown? Look no farther than East Ocean. They keep it tasty and basic, which has never made you happier.

Key Differentiators:

  • Bustling dining hall
  • Big variety of yum cha and great dinner options
  • Polite and accommodating service

Customer’s Review:

Best Chinese I’ve had in a long time. Came here often when I was a kid 30yrs ago. Service and food quality were 10/10. The decor and ambiance is like 5* hotel. Absolutely lovely place to eat. Great value too.

Terry Chan

17) Sky Phoenix

Key ServiceFamous for Peking duck to yum cha
AddressWestfield Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Websitehttps://www.phoenixrestaurantsco.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9223 8822
Emailinfo@phoenixrestaurantsco.com.au
Operating HoursDaily 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

The Phoenix Group’s next child is located in the city center. As one would expect, Sky Phoenix serves a variety of yum cha dishes in a modern, elegant environment. Order some food, have a drink or two, and relax while enjoying the atmosphere.

Key Differentiators:

  • Caters banquets
  • Contemporary dining room
  • Classic Chinese dishes

Customer’s Review:

One of the best yumcha places to eat (in Sydney but especially in the city). Great service, delicious food. The tea is nice and warm, refreshing. Even though usually busy, it’s generally easy to get a table which is also really good. Recommended!

Malenkaya-J. Le

18) Golden Sands

Key ServiceUnique options for yum cha
AddressShop 12, Level 2, 127-141 Forest Road Hurstville, NSW, Australia 2220
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/goldensands88/
Phone+61 2 9580 3188
Operating HoursDaily 11:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Golden Sands, on the other hand, has a solid collection of rich and flavorful dishes – including succulent pork ribs bathed in delicious sauce – but it receives high ratings across the board. Pies with a glaze, spinach dumplings that are neatly pleated, and ham soup gok , those mince-stuffed football-shaped dough packets wrapped in pastry, are all golden and delectable. The line for your favorite dish is always long.

Key Differentiators:

  • Solid line-up of rich and flavorful dishes
  • Serves a la carte dinner
  • Spacious dining

Customer’s Review:

Have come here a lot since Sunny’s closed. It’s better quality but not the best value for money. Parking can get annoying but you’ll get a spot underground more often than not – particularly on weekdays.

Matthew Yong-O’Gorman

19) Uncle Ming’s

Key ServiceUnique yum cha options
Address49-51 York St Sydney, NSW, Australia 2000
Websitehttps://www.unclemings.com.au/
Emailinfo@unclemings.com.au
Operating HoursMONDAY 4PM – MIDNIGHT
TUESDAY 4PM – MIDNIGHT
WEDNESDAY 4PM – MIDNIGHT
THURSDAY 12PM – MIDNIGHT
FRIDAY 12PM – 1AM
SATURDAY 4PM – 1AM

Okay, we understand that this isn’t yum cha in the traditional sense. There are no rolling carts of steamed buns at Uncle Ming’s, but the dumplings, spring rolls, and barbequed ginger chicken wings are well worth a trip if you’re looking for some steamer cravings to sate. You can also wash it all down with a couple of killer cocktails and a favorite home brew.

Key Differentiators:

  • Upbeat vibe
  • Vegetarian options 
  • Great customer service

Customer’s Review:

I’m so glad I found this place! I have never been anywhere similar which makes it so unique. The dumplings and dim sims were delicious, we had to order more! The cocktails were great and so much variety plus the service was spot on.

Roxy Roxby

20) Nine Dragons

Key ServiceSpacious eatery dishing up Chinese staples & yum cha
AddressLevel 1, 39-45 Dixon Street,
Haymarket, Sydney
NSW, 2000
Websitehttps://www.ninedragons.com.au/
Phone+61-02-9211-3549
Operating HoursMondayClosed
Tue – Sun
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

They prepare authentic Cantonese cuisine at Nine Dragons, using locally sourced ingredients. Their dim sums are baked and steamed-to-order to guarantee freshness, and their menu is meant to be shared. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual setting with an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list.

Key Differentiators:

  • Extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list
  • Serves breakfast
  • Locally-sourced produce

Customer’s Review:

Gotta say this place give the best service in the Sydney’ Yum Cha dining service.

Martin

Yum Cha Sydney

If you’re looking for some yum cha Sydney, then you can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants on this list. They all serve up delicious food and great customer service, so you can’t really go wrong no matter where you choose to eat. Have fun trying out all of these different places – we know that you won’t be disappointed!

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