Stacked bamboo steamers billowing with steam. Endless pots of jasmine tea. White tablecloths covered in remnants of a good meal. Bossy trolley pushers who are all too often hard to find. Incessant clamour of chopsticks. These are all the things that make Yum Cha what it is: a perfect way to escape the winter with friends.
For a city that has the most restaurants per capita, surprisingly, Canberra doesn’t have a huge number of reputable Yum Cha restaurants. Most of them are hit or miss and are often very, very busy or so drab they’re depressing.
For months I have been traipsing around town in search of the finest dumplings and crispiest soft shell crab and have come up with my top 3 spots for you to take your loved ones this weekend.
Hands down my favourite in Canberra for 2 reasons, firstly the food quality is excellent, secondly, it’s ALL YOU CAN EAT. Yes you read that correctly, for the very reasonable price of $20, you can eat Yum Cha to your heart’s content. Located on Childer’s Street in the city, it’s very conveniently located and easy to get to (parking is no issue on the weekend). The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and the service is great (no death stares when you order yet another plate of dumplings) and even when busy, it’s very quick. This is your perfect spot for both weekday and weekend! Read more on Spicy Ginger on . Please right click & open the link in a new window.
When: Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5 – 10pm (Yum Cha only at lunch)
Address: 2/25 Childers St, Canberra ACT 2601
Pros: Ahem… Hello? ALL YOU CAN EAT!
What to order: Try one of everything. You want to get your monies worth! But honestly the calamari and pork ribs are bang on.
Located in the Hellenic Club, this Chinese gem was my second favourite for Yum Cha. Positively bustling with vibe and people, it has both atmosphere and excellent food offerings. Although I found it rather hard to get the attention of the bossy trolley attendants, once the food came, my frustration was over! From buns to dumplings, and noodles to desserts, all the food was fresh, tasty and not overly salted. If you live Southside, or playing the slots is your thing, Ginseng is the perfect spot to have lunch and play.
When: Yum Cha on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Open for lunch & dinner Monday – Sunday.
Address: Matilda Street, Woden ACT 2606
Cons: Service, somewhat pricey
What to order: Whitebait and the chicken wings. And DEFINITELY order the mango pancakes if they have them.
Located near Jamison shops, this suburban restuarant serves up a pretty mean Yum Cha. Don’t be fooled by the somewhat drab atmosphere, their dumplings and chinese brocolli are as good as any other. The service is very friendly and efficient. Read more on Dumpling Inn on . Please right click & open the link in a new window.
When: Open for lunch Tuesday – Sunday, open for Dinner Monday – Sunday
Address: U1/ 1 Lawry Pl, Macquarie, Canberra 2614, Australia
What to order: Dim sum and pork buns.
Now it’s your turn, what’s your favourite Yum Cha in Canberra?
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to these restaurants, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx