The Best Yum Cha Restaurant in Canberra


Who doesn’t love Yum Cha? With a whole variety of delicious morsels of savoury – and sometimes sweet – goodness delivered right to your table, Yum Cha restaurants are some of the very best for intimate dinners and large gatherings alike.

If you’re looking for a quality Yum Cha restaurant in Canberra that offers stellar services and scrumptious food, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web and consulted the locals to come up with this list of the best Yum Cha in Canberra.

Ready to get hungry? Great! Let’s get started right away.

What makes a fantastic Yum Cha restaurant?

There are a few critical traits that all of the very best Yum Cha restaurants in Canberra share. And here they are:

  • A large variety of food. Variety is the spice of life – and the key to a fantastic Yum Cha restaurant. The best Yum Cha offerings provide something for everyone, regardless of the dietary requirements and personal tastes.
  • Delicious, every single time. If a Yum Cha restaurant is good, you’ll be back again and again. The best are consistent and always serve up the very finest food.
  • Excellent service. Just like at any restaurant, service is crucial. That means friendly and attentive staffs who are more than happy to help you get the most out of your dining experience.
  • Well priced. It’s hard to dine at a Yum Cha restaurant without wanting to try everything available. A mid-range price point will allow you to enjoy even more tastiness while ensuring larger gatherings and special occasions are a little less expensive.

The best Yum Cha restaurants in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Tang Dynasty Restaurant

Serving up traditional Yum Cha dishes in a contemporary, lakeside surrounds, Tang Dynasty Restaurant is another firm favourite. Showcasing fresh, seasonal produce paired with authentically Chinese flavours, you can expect some of the best Yum Cha in the region.

Google reviewer Gillian Conway wrote a positive review saying, “The service was amazing and the food was delicious!!! Highly recommend the 12 course yum cha. You’ll leave full and happy!”

The Golden Drum

The Golden Drum was recommended with raving reviews as having some of the best Chinese food local Canberra residents have tried – ever. The made-to-order meals are substantial and perfectly balanced, and the Yum Cha options are varied and tasty. With modest prices and exceptional service, The Golden Drum should be on your must-visit list.

Tim Farey wrote a glowing review on Google saying, “Loved it! This is the real Sichuan deal! I often crave spicy Sichuan food after living in China for years and this place hits the spot. The Kung Pao Peanut Chicken was excellent as was four seasons beans. I will be back for sure.”

CBD Dumpling House

The CBD Dumpling House is always packed out for a reason – the food is next-level good, and the location couldn’t be more convenient. This striking, glass-fronted restaurant serves up a delectable menu of dumplings and other Chinese dishes. The vibe is casual, and the staff are attentive – if it’s an all-round fantastic Yum Cha restaurant you’re looking for, stop here next time you’re in the city centre.

Google reviewer, Mia Pacey, left a positive review saying, “Awesome food, great service and big portions. Highly recommend for any occasion.”

If you would prefer to eat at home, check out our article on the best food delivery services in Canberra. Or, if you’re looking for another cuisine, check out our article on the best indian restaurants in Canberra.

Your experience with Yum Cha restaurants in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the Yum Cha restaurants listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

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13 Responses to The Best Yum Cha Restaurant in Canberra
Lilxlizzie21 Lilxlizzie21 11:16 pm 20 May 14

XY Dim Sim Dumpling house have reopened again. This time at the Italian Club. Granted they have been closed a couple of times at Croatian club due to various reasons and have made a bad name for themselves, but heard they’ve cleaned up their act and are aiming to head in a positive direction. The owner could’ve changed names but stuck to it. Still worth a try as it’s a set price for all you can eat.

Noble Palace has closed and is now called Top Taste Seafood Restaurant. Still offering yumcha though.

Scholar, Ginseng and Dumpling Inn offer up good yumcha

Prince Palace is ok too but below average

Paul0075 Paul0075 9:12 pm 09 Jun 13

Can highly recommend the Yum Cha on Emu Bank in Belco. Good service, plenty of choices and inexpensive.

minniemay minniemay 11:42 pm 06 Jun 13

I’d second the Dumpling Inn suggestion. It’s not flash by any measure, but the food is good, and has a few more options than just the usual suspects.

Tomo Tomo 8:00 pm 06 Jun 13

Spicy Ginger near the ANU is the go!!! $20 all you can eat!!! Great pastry (chinese pastry) chef!!! Service is good, too busy if you don’t go early.

poetix poetix 11:15 pm 05 Jun 13

angrymonkey said :

steer clear of XY Dumpling House

‘XY dumpling’ conjures up a different sort of mental image from that usually associated with yum cha.

angrymonkey angrymonkey 10:29 pm 05 Jun 13

steer clear of XY Dumpling House

Mummy Mummy 9:18 pm 04 Jun 13

I really like Ginseng at the Hellenic Club.

Sandman Sandman 8:12 pm 04 Jun 13

The only one I’ve ever been to in Canberra is Noble Palace in Woden. Seemed pretty good in my opinion. I’m no Yum Master but it compared reasonably with the one at the Sydney Fish Markets.

CB43DW CB43DW 8:02 pm 04 Jun 13

The Dumpling Inn at Jamison. They are the same owners and chefs who used to be at the Kythera motel on northbourne (years ago) which were near impossible to get into without a booking well in advance.

dr. faustus dr. faustus 6:16 pm 04 Jun 13

We like Ginseng (I think it’s called) at the Helenic Club in Woden. Not the first place I would have thought to look for good yum cha, but every time we’ve been it’s been great.

ezy10z ezy10z 3:21 pm 04 Jun 13

the cha at mimi club is quite yum

geoffappleby geoffappleby 2:20 pm 04 Jun 13

Ooh, can of worms! Everytime I look into this exact topic the end result is always a bunch of suggestions made, with some people loving the place, and some people hating the place. There will never agreement on questions like this 🙂

(Also, I have no contribution to make. I’ve only been to one, and it was ok, but I can’t compare to anything).

    johnboy johnboy 2:24 pm 04 Jun 13

    The Scholar in Dickson certainly has the biggest queues.

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