A kaleidoscope of dim sum from Michelin-starred establishments to fast casual chains. Here are six restaurants in Shanghai for dim sum and my favorite dishes from each.
Sui Tang Li
Address: The Middle House Residence, 2/F, 366 Shimen Yi Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu 石门一路366号2层, 近南京西路
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm
Sui Tang Li is a contemporary Chinese restaurant at the Middle House Shanghai serving Shanghainese, Sichuan and Cantonese dishes. It’s a very polished restaurant in service, ambiance and offerings—they’ve had time to perfect their signatures since opening the hotel in summer 2018. Dim sum is served during lunchtime.
Favorite Dim Sum at Sui Tang Li:
YEN CHA, W Shanghai
Address: W Shanghai, 5/F, 66 Lvshun Lu, near Dongchangzhi Lu 旅顺路66号5楼, 近东长治路
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm
YEN CHA at the W Shanghai is possibly the best all-you-can-eat dim sum out there at the moment. The quality is excellent and it’s more than affordable, plus, they have a free-flow deal. I wrote about it here.
The unlimited dim sum deal is ¥268, only on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re popping in on weekdays, the dim sum is available a la carte.
Favorite Dim Sum at YEN CHA:
Seventh Son 家全七福
Address: Jing’an Kerry Centre, Tower 1, 2/F, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Tongren Lu 南京西路1515号2楼1号楼, 近铜仁路
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10pm
Seventh Son is a Michelin one-star Cantonese restaurant in the Jing’an Kerry Centre. They’re known for their dim sum. It is expensive. It is good. There is another location in the Pudong Shangri-La, but Jing’an one holds more clout. Dim sum available daily during lunch.
Favorites Dim Sum at Seventh Son:
Imperial Treasure 御宝轩
Address: Room 402-403, 4/F, 99 Beijing Dong Lu, near Yuanmingyuan Lu 北京东路99号4楼402-403室, 近圆明园路
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10pm
Imperial Treasure is an upscale Cantonese restaurant by way of Singapore. It is also a Michelin two-star restaurant. It’s one of the more consistent high-end restaurants for dim sum for their food. One gripe: service can be a bit disjointed during lunch service. Dim sum is served every day, lunchtime.
Favorite Dim Sum at Imperial Treasure:
Taste Paradise 乐忻味之楼
Address: 505-506, 5/F, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shaanxi Bei Lu 南京西路1266号恒隆广场5楼, 近陕西北路
Hours: 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Cantonese restaurant Taste Paradise is another import from Singapore, located in Plaza 66. The original opened in 2006 in Singapore. It’s part of the Paradise Group (Paradise Dynasty, known for their xiaolongbao). The signature item here is the roasted pigeon.
Favorite Dim Sum at Taste Paradise:
Dian Du De 点都德
Address: B125, Zhonghai Huanyuhui, 838 Huangpi Nan Lu, near Madang Lu 黄陂南路838弄中海环宇荟B125, 近马当路
Dian Du De is a chain from Guangzhou that opened in Shanghai in May 2018 to much buzz. You couldn’t get a seat when their Xintiandi location opened. (There are now six locations in Shanghai.) The hype has died down, though, though, there’s still a lunch rush, but it’s fairly easy to get a table and they serve dim sum all day. Dim sum here is real cheap.
Other locations are in Sinar Mas Plaza (North Bund where Colca and Barbarian are located), Century Link Mall in Pudong, and one in the Longemont Mall.