Momos, dumplings and wontons are some common variations of dim sums, and they can be made with sooo many types of fillings ?
What started with meats and veggies has now extended to fruits, activated charcoal, exotic veggies and more. The best part of being a dim sum lover is you can feast on them anytime – they make a lovely snack, a platter is sufficient as a meal or you could go to an all-you-can-eat dim sum place to really get your full! ?
Here are some of the places in Dubai that sell the best dim sums, in no particular order. How many have you tried?
1. 24th St.
What to Try? Get your hands on their Assorted Dim Sum Platter (AED 35) where you get to order 3 options from BBQ Chicken Bun, Veg Dumplings, Shrimp Sieu Mai, Pumpkin Cake, Chicken Dumplings, and Prawns Har Gao Dumplings. Located in the elegant Trade Centre Area, this one is a great pick for a date or family dinner. The menu covers Asian, Indian, Italian, Japanese and many more cuisines.
Address: 24th Floor, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Timings: 12noon – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm
Cost for Two: AED 290
Cuisine: Asian, Italian, Chinese
2. New Shanghai
What to Try? Check out their Pan Fried Chicken Buns (AED 41), Prawn and Chicken Pot Stickers (AED 41), Classic Chicken Wontons (AED 44), Lamb and Leek Dumplings (AED 41), and the Chicken and Chinese Cabbage Dumplings (AED 41). Their menu boasts an extensive selection of choices from their Signature Dumplings, Dim Sums, Wontons, Gua Baos, and more.
Address: Beside WhSmith, Lower Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Timings: 11am – 12midnight
Cost for Two: AED 195
3. Asia Kitchen by Mainland China
What to Try? A renowned brand, they definitely do some of the most spectacular dim sums in town! Try the Veg Basil Dumplings (AED 30), Prawn Hargao (AED 36), Edamame Dumplings with Truffle Oil (AED 30), Chicken and Straw Mushroom Siu Mai (AED 34) are some excellent options. Don’t forget to add some delicious Asian mains, noodles and desserts to your meal.
Address: Ground Floor, Burjman Centre, Mankhool, Dubai
Timings: 11:30am – 12midnight
Cost for Two: AED 160
Cuisine: AED 160
4. Mmmbox – Sushi, Asian and Indian
What to Try? This amazing spot actually has a DIY dim sum option! A delivery-only place, here you can choose to get a single or triple box, and they have some excellent and unique options to pick. Try the Prawn Cheung Fun (with prawns, chillies, soy and garlic), Sliced Chicken (dry chillies, garlic and spring onion), Chicken and Chili Oil (vinegar, chilli oil and brown garlic), Corn Cake (chillies and brown garlic) and Spicy Asparagus (chillies and spicy satay sauce). You can choose the ones you want and also choose different ones to fill your box!
Address: First 1, Reem Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai
Timings: 11am – 12midnight
Cost for Two: AED 100
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Indian, Thai, Sushi
5. Wakame – Sofitel Dubai
What to Try? Perfect for a taste of luxury, this one is brilliance in every bite! Try their Butternut, Spinach, Feta and Pine Nut Dim Sum (AED 42), Spinach and Cream Cheese (AED 42), Truffle Edamame Dim Sum with Mushroom Sauce (AED 85) and Chicken and Ginger Dim Sums (AED 50). They also have delicious Baos, Salads, Carpaccio, Maki and mains to try.
Address: Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Level 3, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Timings: 12midnight – 1am, 12noon – 12midnight
Cost for Two: AED 530
Cuisine: Asian, Sushi, Japanese
6. China Bistro
What to Try? This small place has some truly amazing options when it comes to dim sums. Try their Pok Choi and Vegetable Dumplings (AED 26), Veg Chives Dumplings (AED 26), Chicken Basil Dumplings (AED 30), and the classic Chicken Siu Mai (AED 30). They also have some wonderful Baos, Sushi and mains to wrap up your meal.
Address: Near Park Regis Hotel, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Trade Center Road, Al Karama, Dubai
Timings: 11:30am – 2am
Cost for Two: AED 165
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese
7. Din Tai Fung
What to Try? You cannot mention Asian cuisine in Dubai and not add this place to the list! Din Tai Fung has been serving some of the best Asian fare over the years and their dim sums are worth a mention. The Truffle Chicken XiaoLongBao (AED 16 pp), Mutton XiaoLongBao (AED 34), Crab and Chicken XiaoLongBao (AED 38), Scallops Seafood XiaoLongBao (AED 38) and Szechuan Shrimp and Chicken Wontons (AED 35) are worth a mention!
Address: Mall of the Emirates, Al Ghurair Mall, Dubai Mall
Timings: 11am – 11:30pm
Cost for Two: AED 160
Cuisine: Asian and Chinese
8. Tum Tum Asia
What to Try? The brainchild of Chef Akshay Nayyar, this one gets you some mind-blowing dishes in avatars you would have never imagined! Yes, prepare to be blown-away by the offerings of this simple but brilliant hidden gem in Dubai. Check out the Black Forest Dim sum with Activated Charcoal (AED 26), Hong Kong Cheung Fun (AED 26), Wow Wonton 2.2 with an option of fried or steamed (AED 26), Tandoori Momos (AED 26) and the Thai Curry Sum (AED 26). They also have the make our own wok concept.
Address: Shop 4, Sheikha Building, Street 13 A, Oud Metha, Dubai
Timings: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 11:30pm
Cost for Two: AED 140
Cuisine: Asian, Sushi, Chinese and Indian
9. Flames of Flavours
What to Try? Another unconventional restaurant choice, this one has dim sums as its specialties, which are hand crafted by their chefs using the best ingredients. They have quite an extensive range of dim sum choices so come here with an appetite! Try the Chiu Chow Veg Dumplings (AED 26), Trio of Mushrooms (AED 32), Chilli Wontons (AED 28), Tenderloin Dumplings (AED 34), and Prawn Dumplings (AED 36).
Address: Shop 2, Ground Floor, Binghatti Diamonds Building, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Dubai
Timings: 11am – 3am
Cost for Two: AED 130
Cuisine: Asian and Indian
10. Royal China
What to Try? Known for its terrific Chinese fare, Royal China surely serves some wonderful dim sum options as well. Their Chicken and Radish Dumplings (AED 27), Scallops Dumplings (AED 29), Crab Meat Dumplings Soup (AED 31), Chicken Coriander Dumplings (AED 27), and Prawn and Chive Dumplings (AED 29) are worth-trying!
Address: Balcony, Level 2, Building 4, DIFC, Dubai
Timings: 11:30am – 12midnight
Cost for Two: AED 260
11. Long Teng Seafood Restaurant
What to Try? With an excellent ambience and focus on quality-rich ingredients, this one makes it to the list of must-try Asian restaurants in the city! Don’t forget to indulge in their Steamed Prawns Dumplings (AED 32), Crystal Prawns and Chive Dumplings (AED 28), Traditional Chicken and Mushroom Shao Mai (AED 32) and Mixed Mushroom Dumplings (AED 28) among other choices.
Address: Ground Floor, U Bora Towers, Business Bay, Dubai
Timings: 12noon – 2am
Cost for Two: AED 210
Cuisine: Chinese, Asian and Seafood
12. Daikan Restaurant
What to Try? Given this one is a Japanese place with a limited menu, their selection of dumplings will blow you away with the depth of flavour they have. Check out the classic gyozas (AED 24), the shitake gyozas (AED 24) and their selection of yummy baos (AED 35). They have some great Japanese dishes on their menu to try out while you’re there.
Address: Ground Floor, Lakeshore Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
Timings: 11:30am – 11pm
Cost for Two: AED 160
13. Yalla Momos
What to Try? Their extensive selection of yummy momos is something you would love to have with a meal or just on their own like a snack. Don’t forget to try the Mutton Momos (AED 15), the Momo Platter (AED 34), Shrimp Momos (AED 17), Soya Momos (AED 14) and the Spinach and Cottage Cheese (AED 14) among its other variations. You can also relish their Samosas, Desi Chinese and wash it down with their selection of bevvies.
Address: Level 2, Floor 7, The Dubai Mall, Near Reel Cinemas, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Timings: 10am – 11:30pm
Cost for Two: AED 55
Cuisine: Quick bites and Chinese
What to Try? Particularly renowned for their momos and sushi, this is a place you should not miss. Try the Cheese Mushroom Momos (AED 21), the Prawns (AED 26) and the Original Chicken (AED 22) among other variations. While the selection is limited, they are excellent with everything they dish out. Plus, you can also feast on their selection of Nilgiri, Temaki, Sashimi and Maki Rolls among other dishes while you’re here.
Address: Oud Metha, Business Bay and Al Barsha
Timings: 7:15am – 9:45pm
Cost for Two: AED 140
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi and Fast Food
15. Little Bangkok
What to Try? An excellent place to get your fix of all things Asian, Little Bangkok isn’t one to disappoint. Among its other specialties, the dumplings are also especially delicious. Try the Nam Nuang with Chicken (AED 42), the Little Bangkok Mixed Platter (AED 63) Chilli Wontons (AED 28-30), Sui Mai (AED 26) and Gyozas (AED 40-44). They also have some amazing baos, rolls, and basket delicacies that will take you back to the stress food in Thailand!
Address: Motor City, JLT, Trade Centre, Oud Metha, Silicon Oasis, Dubai Media City and Dubai Investment Park
Timings: 11:30am – 11:30pm
Cost for Two: AED 215
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
16. Zheng He’s
What to Try? The perfect place for a celebration, this one is right in the lap of luxury! You can feast on the best Chinese and Asian fare, made traditionally by some of the best chefs. The fine dining restaurant has interiors to charm you, and the menu isn’t left far behind. Check out the Pan-Fried Dumplings (AED 58), the Chicken and Prawn (AED 68) and the Dim Sum Platter too, if you want some variety, their menu is pretty extensive, so take time to try a little bit of everything!
Address: Madinat Jumeirah
Cost for Two: AED 600
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
What to Try? What’s better than food with a view? And if that view is the beach, there is nothing like it! This is exactly what Ramusake is all about – amazing food and fantastic views. Talking about their dumplings, let’s just say it would be a crime to come here and not try some. The Cheese and Truffle Gyoza (AED 70), Prawn and Shitake (AED 55) and the Chicken and Ginger (AED 55) are some excellent picks. Don’t forget to try their grill selection, the Maki rolls and Sushi platters.
Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai
Timings: 6pm – 2am
Cost for Two: AED 500
Cuisine: Casual Dining, Japanese
18. Nara Pan Asian
What to Try? Widely well-known for their selection of some of the best pan Asian fare, you cannot go wrong with anything you try at Nara Pan Asian. Their dim sum collection features the evergreen Crystal Vegetables (AED 36), Chicken Sui Mai (AED 40), the Prawns Har Gao (AED 49) and Schezwan Chicken for the spice lovers! They have an extensive selection of other Asian favorites on their menu too.
Address: Basement Level, Near Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
Timings: 12noon – 10pm
Cost for Two: AED 305
Cuisine: Asia, Japanese, Chinese and Thai
What to Try? Truly one of the best for Asian fare in Dubai, this one has so many outlets around the city you are sure to find one wherever you are. Their Chicken Gyozas (AED 40), Fried Duck Gyozas (AED 43), Fried Prawns (AED 43) and a selection of yummy baos are perfect to satiate your hunger for pan Asian fare. You can also indulge in soothing ramen, yummy stir-fry’s and delicious curries.
Address: Dubai Mall Downtown, The Greens, Trade Centre Area, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina
Timings: 12noon – 12pm
Cost for Two: AED 200
Cuisine: Asia, Japanese
20. Darjeeling Café
What to Try? If you’re looking for affordable delicious Momo’s at a restaurant that will remind you of Darjeeling, this one’s for you. They have an insane variety of veg and non-veg momos, from Schezwan (mushroom, mutton, chicken, prawn, etc), corn cheese, paneer, soya, egg, and more! All platters are priced between AED15-20. PS: Since you’re already at Darjeeling, don’t forget to pair your moms with a cup of hot masala chai, you will not regret it!
Timings: 9am – 12am
Cost for Two: AED 65
Cuisine: Nepalese, Chinese, Street Food
We hope we got you craving for dimsums ? Cuz I want some ASAP!
If we have missed out on any of your favorites, let us know below!
Written and Researched by Nikeeta J.