Top 3 Yum Cha In Canberra

By May 22, 2015 canberra restaurant reviews, cbr foodie

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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.

Spicy Ginger Cuisine, Canberra City

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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 Spicy Ginger Cuisine on Urbanspoon. 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

Cons: None

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.

Ginseng @ The Hellenic Club, Woden

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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

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Service, somewhat pricey

What to order: Whitebait and the chicken wings. And DEFINITELY order the mango pancakes if they have them.

Dumpling Inn, Macquarie (Jamison Shops)

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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 Dumpling Inn on Urbanspoon. 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

Pros: Service

Cons: Atmosphere

What to order: Dim sum and pork buns.

Although they didn’t make the top 3, some notable mentions: The Scholar, Dickson and Prince Palace Chinese Restaurant, Belconnen.

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

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  • Reply megan May 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    i have never had yum cha in Canberra, definitely need to try your list out.

    • Reply Anisa May 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      I feel another date coming on?!

  • Reply giulia September 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    after trying yum cha for the first time (???) in sydney a couple of weekends ago, I was looking for a place in Canberra! Can’t wait to try these 🙂

    • Reply Anisa September 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      You absolutely must – let me know your thoughts!

      • Reply matt September 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

        If you like them then you really need to try “Scholar” in dickson-weekdays there is no trolley service, which allows one to order exactly what they want so no waiting for your favorites to come past. They are the only place in canberra that makes the dumplings fresh rather than preping and freeezing. I have had Yum Cha in several places in South East Asia but still rate Scholar the best.Try the lobster dumplings and you will be a convert!!! Happy YumCha to all.

        • Reply Cindy November 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

          I also love yum cha at Scholar, not as good as the ones in Sydney (and can’t compare to the real ones in HK) but best I’ve had in Canberra.

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