Fast and furious, steaming, crunchy goodness. Whether you’re braving the crowds on the weekend, or looking to fill the dumpling-shaped void during the week, we’ve rounded up seven of our favourite dim sum spots for you to check out.
Our personal go-to of the Northbridge dim sum hot spots, Canton Bay is perfect for when you want to pair the lively, slightly chaotic energy of yum cha with some slightly Fancier Vibes. Always pumping, you’ll probably have to wait for a table – but when it comes to dumplings this juicy, and pastry this crispy, you’ll be happy to wait. Our hot tip? Leave room for a sweetie or two – the durian mochi are a durian lover’s dream.
20 Roe Street, Northbridge
Walking up to Francis Street to Dragon Palace’s Northbridge outpost is a little like approaching a UFO. This behemoth is one half a 28-room karaoke destination, one half mega dim sum palace, both adjoined by a glowing, neon crown. It certainly makes a visual impact, as well as a culinary one – Dragon Palace is essential to mention when talking dim sum. Super, super popular, Sundays at Dragon Palace are next level; hustling, bustling and boisterous, the vibe is an experience unto itself.
66 Francis Street, Northbridge
Shop R1-001, Cockburn Gateway Shopping City, 816 Beeliar Drive, Success
Shop E27/28, Lakeside Joondalup,15 Boas Avenue, Joondalup
Shop R-002, Mandurah Forum, 330 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
The Wang’s Treasure House
If the thought of Northbridge is a bit much for a weekend morning, Wang’s might be the place for you. While you’ll probably still have to wait for a table, you’ll be treated to some well executed dim sum staples at a reasonable price – not to mention a newly renovated interior with some extra friendly service.
4 Wellington Road, Morley
Emma’s Seafood and Dim Sum Restaurant
Dim sum aficionados will need no introduction to Emma’s in Vic Park. Smack bang in the middle of the Albany Highway action, Emma can certainly hold her own. It’s popularity – earned by its reasonable prices and tasty dumplings – keeps things fresh and fast.
886 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Little China Girl
One of Northbridge’s newer additions, you’d be forgiven for a degree of skepticism. But Little China Girl ticks all the boxes – plus some more you didn’t even know existed. Baked salted egg yolk lava buns? Mushroom dumplings with truffle oil? Brown sugar walnut buns? Hot damn. That’s not even mentioning the fact that they’re open ‘til two AM on the weekend, and for dinner almost every night of the week. Dumplings, any time of the night or day – just as it should be.
68 Roe Street, Northbridge
Blending in amongst James Street, it’s easy to walk straight past Fortune Five – unless it’s on the weekend, in which case, the plentiful crowd waiting outside should tip you off. It’s no wonder they’ve accrued such a following, with consistently legit offerings that cover all the classics (with special mention to their super crispy squid tentacles).
108A James Street, Northbridge
Hong Kong Dim Sum
Old Shanghai has been around for decades, but the old girl’s going stronger than ever. Packed wall-to-wall with some of Perth’s best food stalls, it’s certainly raising the bar for food courts everywhere. Hong Kong Dim Sum, tucked away up the back of the buzzing market and nestled amongst the tropical palms, is definitely at home with such stellar company, serving up ace dim sum seven days a week. Quick, casual and quality, it’s particularly perfect for sating any midweek dim sum for dinner cravings.\
Old Shanghai, 123 James Street, Northbridge
Too much “north” in “Northbridge”? Freo’s got dumpling options, too! Joy Kitchen has been keeping the people of Freo full of dumplings for over 20 years. It’s no surprise they’ve managed to last that long – making all of their dim sum in-house, this Cantonese eatery has earned its longstanding popularity with its fast paced, friendly service and fresh produce.
72 Marine Terrace, Fremantle
We weren’t lying when we said Freo has dim sum options, and Point Street’s Vivisen Teahouse can attest to that. It’s one of the more chill places to grab some dim sum, but don’t let that fool you – Vivisen can more than hold their own. Succulent and delicious dumplings, fresh ingredients, with inviting service to match.
15 Point Street, Fremantle
Pick from the editor…
8 On The Point
306 Riverside Dr, Perth
Cover photo via Dragon Palace