As per Cantonese tradition, Dim Sum is usually only served from Noon until 5pm. But if you know
where to look, you can find delicious Dim Sum (often with great cocktails) after dark in London. Here are the best restaurants serving it:
West London: Royal China, Fulham
The prestigious Royal China Group is famous for its authentic Dim Sum, but only Royal China Fulham serves it in the evening. Head Dim Sum Chef Sam Chen makes all of the dim sum fresh each day to ensure it is of the highest quality. In the evening, guests can indulge in Dim Sum platters with signature flavours such as Honey Roast Pork Puffs, Scallop Dumplings, and Fried Prawn Dumplings with Coriander.
The smallest restaurant in the Royal China Group, Royal China Fulham has an intimate, friendly atmosphere perfect for its neighbourhood location. Lunch and dinner are served in luxurious surroundings. The restaurant has a charming outdoor terrace, perfect for al fresco dining on balmy summer evenings. Royal China Fulham is also the only restaurant in the group to offer a home delivery service - perfect for when you want a quiet night in.
To view the full menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit http://rcguk.co.uk/rcf.html.
Royal China Fulham
805 Fulham Road
Central London: Yauatcha, Soho
Yuatcha is renowned for its uber sleek, modern decor, fabulous contemporary Chinese menu and expertly crafted Dim-Sum and handmade sweets.
Dishes on offer include Lobster Dumpling with Tobiko Caviar with Ginger and Shallots, Poached Peking Chicken Dumplings and Edamame Truffle Dumplings, to name a few.
To view the full menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit: http://www.yauatcha.com/soho/menus.
15-17 Broadwick Street
North London: Yum Cha Silks & Spice, Camden
Yum Cha is an Oriental restaurant with four karaoke rooms located opposite Camden Stables Market, making it the perfect place for indulging in shameless renditions of 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' after enjoying some tasty small plates.
Dim Sum offerings include Spicy Minced Lamb Dumplings, Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce, Steamed Seaweed rolls with Squid Mousse, and Steamed Lady Fingers with Light Soy Sauce (V), to name a few.
To book the karaoke room, visit http://www.yumchasilksandspice.co.uk/web/karaoke-room/.
To view the full evening Dim Sum menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit http://www.yumchasilksandspice.co.uk/web/menus/dim-sum-dinner/.
Yum Cha Silks & Spice
27-28 Chalk Farm Road
East London: The Drunken Monkey
The Drunken Monkey opened its doors in 2003 as the only all-day Dim Sum eatery & cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Each night DJs play an eclectic mix of funk, soul, house, balearic and disco, making it a great place to enjoy post work drinks and nibbles. With Happy Hour running Mon-Fri from 5-7pm, featuring 4x beers for £10 or cocktails for £4.50, what's not to love?
To view the full Dim Sum menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit http://www.thedrunkenmonkey.london/project/grilled-fried-dim-sum/.
South London: Mama Lan’s Chinese, Brixton
Being a Brixtonite, Mama Lan's holds a special place in my heart. This tiny restaurant featuring Beijing street food in the heart of Brixton Village Market is renowned for its scrumptious handmade dumplings, quickly prepared with love as you watch the action unfold.
The small but perfectly formed menu features Noodle Soups, Beijing Dumplings, a selection of snacks and salads and a collection of teas.
South Londoners are now spoilt for choice with two Mama Lan locations, including Brixton and Clapham (near Clapham Common tube).
To view the full menu and to obtain opening hours, visit http://mamalan.co.uk/menu/.
Mama Lan, Brixton
Brixton Village Market
Mama Lan, Clapham
8 The Pavement