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Where's the Best Yum Cha in Melbourne?

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by Vanessa ★ (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
Published September 26th 2011
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I've tried Yum Cha at quite a few restaurants in Melbourne, however I don't think I have had the best Yum Cha in Melbourne. Entering a restaurant for Sunday Yum Cha is always an experience - you never quite know what you are going to get - in respect to the quality of the food, the atmosphere and of course, the overall bill. However there are a number of Melbourne restaurants which have a reputation for serving great Yum Cha - those include Shark Fin House located in Chinatown, Red Emperor Restaurant located in Southbank and Dragon Boat Restaurant, also located in Chinatown.

The Melbourne Weekend Notes team has attempted in the past to profile some of Melbourne's top Yum Cha restaurants; Anna Boffa recommended Red Emperor Restaurant, Shark Fin House and Taipan Restaurant located in Doncaster East. Mish Johnson also highly recommended Taipan Restaurant also - maybe we are onto a contender!

If you have a favourite restaurant where you and your family and friends enjoy Yum Cha, please let us know about it by leaving a listing below.

We look forward to your suggestions.
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Crystal Jade in Chinatown, right next to the NAB. By far the best, freshest most varied yum cha I have had in Melbourne.
By Nithy - reader
Saturday, 7th of July @ 09:11 am
Spice Temple at Crown. It has just introduced yum cha and all the dishes are amazing. Prices are better than you would expect too for Neil Perry's food. Great value and great quality.
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 29th of February @ 05:11 am
Thanks for the tips Vanessa. Braved Shark Fin House today for Yum Cha at 12pm. Was it worth the reputation of a great Yum Cha place? Unfortunately NO. Here's 2 reasons why: 1) the food was basic Hong Kong style and averagely tasty dim sum. 2) I ate a few dishes, waited for 30 mins on 2 items, spoke to 2 waiters and 1 manager and when I paid my bill and left, I was told the items were still "on the way". Would I return to Shark Fin House. Absolutely NOT. I left and went to satisfy the remainder of my dim sum cravings at Dragon Boat restaurant. Go there instead for your dim sum trolleys.
By Lionel - senior reviewer
Friday, 6th of April @ 05:03 am
TaiPan, 237 Blackburn Road Doncaster East, Vic - I went there for the first time on the weekend and it was absolutely fabulous! It's so popular, bookings are essential!
By breez - reader
Sunday, 8th of July @ 10:47 pm
Dragon Boat Inn in Lonsdale st just up over Russell St. Fixed price. Huge dining area, great food and plenty of variety. Only minus is that it can become rather noisy because of the huge crowds that flock there for the best Yum Cha in Melbourne
By maure - reader
Tuesday, 10th of July @ 01:29 am
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 17th of July @ 07:16 am
Golden Leaf, Preston
By kate. - reader
Wednesday, 30th of January @ 12:49 am
little burke street
By Anonymous
Saturday, 9th of February @ 10:15 pm

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