Discover the top 5 Michelin Starred Premium Dim Sum restaurants in Singapore and why you should be running, not walking, to make a reservation at them today.
Ah, dim sum. No, it’s not the same as dumplings, or mandu, or gyoza. Dim sum is its own special delicacy with a long and storied history.
Originating in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, the delicious dim sum has spread all over the world.
Dim sum more accurately refers to small bite-sized snacks and appetizers. But, more typically, you can expect bamboo steamer baskets full of stuffed dumpling-like concoctions. Singapore has some of the best dim sum in the world, frequently mixing tradition with multicultural flair.
Surely you want to be eating the best dim sum on offer during your next trip. And with that, let’s get hungry looking at these top 5 premium dim sum restaurants in Singapore!
1. Shisen Hanten
Like some of the restaurants on this list, it features a Michelin Star. In fact, Shisen Hanten has two! You’re definitely getting that premium experience here.
Sure, they have all the traditional favorites, such as your steamed pork dim sum. But where Shisen Hanten really thrives is in Sichuan favorites. Giving the boiled wonton a try is sure to delight!
Be sure to choose the dim sum option when you’re heading in for lunch to get a great deal. The restaurant is also famous for its mapo tofu, so be sure to order once you settle into the lap of luxury.
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2. Hai Tien Lo
If you’re looking for fusion and creativity, the Hai Tien Lo will surely deliver. While it may not have that Michelin star, it’s still worth a try with its avant-garde dining experience. Cantonese in origin, this Chinese dim sum restaurant has certainly added their spin to classics.
Maybe head in on a weekday to sample their dim sum lunch buffet to really get an idea of how incredibly dim sum can be. Restaurant goers rave the chicken with jellyfish and the ambiance of this restaurant located in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Marina Square.
Beloved by all who stop in, be sure to get a reservation as it can find itself booked weeks ahead. Among the many dim sum restaurants of Singapore, this is a great find.
3. Lei Garden
With one of the most expansive dim sum menus on this list, you’re sure to find something at Lei Garden that makes you demand a second serving. Take their roasted pork belly, an absolute winner of melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
Also, it’s got another Michelin star. They know quality when they taste it!
Regulars say it hasn’t changed in over 20 years of operation, the food is still that good. It’s a bit pricey, but then, you’re here for the premium experience, aren’t you? Among dim sum restaurants, Lei Garden stands out among the pack.
Xiao long pau is a classic but handled with finesse in this upscale location with fabulous decor. Be sure not to miss the truly unique yam cake that surprised visitors.
All-in-all it’s a great option for those with family, even children. Somehow they still manage to give the premium experience while welcoming everyone!
4. Summer Pavilion
On a list filled with Michelin stars all touting the premium experience, “affordable” doesn’t tend to enter into the equation. That all changes at the Summer Pavilion with its one Michelin star.
With char siew bao at its most fluffy and delectable, three pieces for $7.50 feels like robbery. Lift your spirits with a private room and their vegetarian dim sum options ranging from black truffle and pumpkin, to ginkgo nut and chow sum. Be sure to continue the affair with a fabulous selection of high-grade teas and make the meal complete.
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Ensconced in the Ritz-Carlton, if you’re looking for premium this dining experience can’t be beaten! Refined cuisine, exemplary tableware, you’ll eat like kings and queens here.
5. Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is always a different experience. From month to month you can always expect special menus made fresh with local ingredients. I can almost taste it now!
It’s nice to have a favorite that you can always come back to, relying on quality to give you new culinary adventures. With one Michelin star, it receives some of the best reviews of dim sum restaurants in Singapore.
The lobster dim sum is a common find on the menu that everybody loves. Dim sum seafood restaurants are fairly easy to find, but no one does it so well as the Summer Palace. In a way, the food can be considered simple, but oh so elegant.
Expect to be blown away by all manner of dishes such as steamed beef with water chestnuts. Or how about a dessert option? Red bean cream (incredible!) in glutinous rice dumplings is sure to have you salivating.
All of their dim sum is served with a panache some might call theatrics, but their creative plating is appreciated. When it comes to traditional cuisine, the Summer Palace is reinventing the wheel. Its ingenuity is appreciated among the ordinary Chinese restaurants dotting the country.
What Next After These Dim Sum Restaurants?
Now your belly is full with all that delicious dim sum, and you know which dim sum restaurants to head to next. You’re probably wondering where you should head next.
Well, we’ve definitely got you covered! Check out our other blog posts, like 20 Delicious Ramadan Dishes. You’re sure to find even more delicious cuisine from all over the world.