I was told by my friends that I didn't really need to write a review about this place, as lots of people already know about it. I was also informed that even on Mondays, you still have to take a ticket and wait for a table on one of the two upstairs floors.
They were absolutely right about the popularity of this place. We arrived early and the restaurant was packed with families. We got a ticket and waited for our number to be called over the microphone. The wait was not too long and I was really excited when we were led to the level two dining room to be part of the action. The aroma of warm yum cha dishes, the energetic chatter and the moving trolleys all added to the dining excitement.
There were plenty of Dim Sim trolleys zooming around the spacious dining area. Hungry diners peeked into the trolley and picked out what they wanted. I enjoyed this traditional method of yum cha ordering because it was fun to pick out your own food.
There was an appealing selection of everyone's tried and true favourites. When faced with an assortment of so many yum cha dishes, we immediately commenced our festivities of eating.
Right on cue, we reached out for a basket of traditional pork shumai. Typically, this is the first choice for most yum cha diners. Sunny Harbour's steamed shumai was really good. The pork filling was well-seasoned and beckoned you to have more than one.
Another typical yum cha dishes we always get is the Hargow (steamed prawn dumplings). The translucent rice flour wrapper was not too doughy and the prawn fillings was distinct and delicious. The prawn dumplings tasted really plain on their own, so were best served with soy sauce or sweet chilli paste.
Next, we ordered a serve of steamed Shanghai-style pork dumplings, also known widely as xiao long bao. These soup-filled dumplings are a personal favourite of mine. While, flavoursome, I found these dumplings not as tasty as Taste of Shanghai's version.
One of my friends' favourite yum cha dishes was the crispy fried wontons. It was filled with pork and Chinese leeks, then fried to golden perfection. It was a very moreish dish and it is a key reason for my friends' repeat visits.
Next we got the fried Chinese pancakes in rice flour. I have never tried this before so I was curious. The taste was a bit chewy for me and the flavour of the fillings did not leave a memorable impression. For dessert, there was a variety of Asian sweet puddings, jelly cups and egg tarts on offer but my friends always go for the mango pancakes.
We completed the meal with our long-standing affection for these delicious mango pancakes. Even though they are just a simple dish filled with a mixture of mango and whipped cream wrapped in a yellow pancake, that has never stopped us from ordering them every time we spot one at a restaurant. They were the perfect finish to our weekend brunch and worth coming back for.
The service is always quick and attentive here and the high turnover means that everything is piping hot and fresh here at Sunny Harbour. There are plenty of choices worthy of a try.
However, the yum cha dishes are priced according to size and I note many fall into the large or the extra large category. It is sensible to keep an eye on the charge sheet as it tends to fill up with many stamps quickly.