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Where is the Best All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum in Melbourne City?

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Published May 28th 2014
I enjoy my Yum Chas, especially when the authentic morsels of Cantonese goodness in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore are within easy reach. Melbourne is also home to some excellent dim sum restaurants who have retained their Cantonese recipes and flavours. The question of who makes the best dim sum in Melbourne is a topic of contention for another day. For now, I'm in search of the best all-you-can-eat dim sum restaurant in the city.



My research led me to a familiar name in Melbourne's Chinese dining scene since 1986. Part of the Dragon Boat Group, Dragon Boat Palace in Lonsdale Street serves a variety of a-la-carte dishes, steamboat and dim sum.

dragon boat palace
Fried Dumplings, Fried Radish Cake, Glutinous Rice, BBQ Pork Puff


The restaurant was spacious, with plenty of comfortable seating and a friendly atmosphere. There's always that sulky waiter or waitress but most of the staff were smiley and helpful.

dragon boat palace
The Congee Trolley


The largest of the group's restaurants in Victoria, this old-fashion venue offers an all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch at only $18.60 between 11am to 3pm on weekdays. With individual serves averaging $4.50 to $7 in most restaurants, it doesn't take a maths genius to work out that the price is very reasonable for unlimited dim sum in the city.

dragon boat palace
Steamed Beef Balls, Steamed Pork Ribs, Steamed Prawn & Tofu, Chicken Feet


Like any proper Cantonese yum cha venue, the dim sum trolleys were laden with steamed and fried bounties. There were all the usual suspects like steamed buns, assorted dumplings, offal, fried dishes, rice noodle rolls, mango puddings, congee and many more.

dragon boat palace
Steamed Rice Rolls with Prawn Filling


I managed to bite into the wide variety and there were hits and misses. Thumbs up to the fried egg plant with fish paste, al dente steamed beef tendon and beef tripe. Thumbs down to the skin of the steamed prawn dumpling which broke too easily. The steamed rice roll wasn't silky smooth and covered by a thicker than usual sauce.

Sweet & Sour Chicken on wheels
Sweet & Sour Chicken on wheels


While there were no winning dishes, the flavours were authentic and reminded of similar good-quality Cantonese yum cha venues in Asia. An additional up-side with this all-you-can-eat deal is you get to sample as many dim sum dishes as you favour.

dragon boat palace
The desert trolley


In spite of the usual lunch crowd madness, the service is still prompt and polite. It might take a few more seconds to wave over a waiting staff. It was wonderful to see so many non-Chinese guests enjoying the variety of dim sum. With ticks on service, ambiance, price and taste, this restaurant offers the best value-for-money, all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch in the CBD for now.


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The venue looks amazing, and I love the traditional uniforms. The food sounds delicious too.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11850) 1484 days ago
best yum-cha is at The Good Luck Teahouse in chapel st
by topco (score: 0|2) 1482 days ago
Yum! Can't wait to check that place out, sounds delish!
by Mallory (score: 2|474) 1481 days ago
Gold leaf at harbour town docklands is the best
by xiaoc (score: 0|2) 1475 days ago

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