Savoury, steamed or pan fried, dim sums, the Cantonese dumplings which literally translates to “touch your heart", come with an array of fillings. Served in bamboo containers, these delectable treats are always a palate pleaser. The custom of dim sum dining, or yum cha in Chinese, involves endless pots of tea and a mind-boggling variety of savoury dumplings, usually in the mornings. But no longer so. Dim sums are universally popular and now eaten anytime. Mumbaikars enjoy dim sums and there are several varieties available - gyoza to siu mai and har gao, both in non-vegetarian and vegetarian options. Although many restaurants have dim sums as part of their menu, there are some must-visit places.
Voted as the ‘mecca’ for dim sums in Mumbai by gourmets unanimously, this place continues to wow the palate of diners with their unique array of dim sums. The newly launched art of dim sum offerings are worth indulging in. The Roasted Duck Pumpkin Puff which is fried has an exotic and robust taste which matches its attractive appearance. The Crispy Prawn Cheung Fun is equally unique. The Art of Dim Sum Platter includes a selection of steamed and fried dim sums paired with a pot of tea or beer which one can share. Vegetarians can relish the translucent and delicate Olive Crystal Dumpling. Each dim sum is prepared skilfully and is an amalgamation of several complex techniques.
From the crunchy Celery and Water Chestnut to the Spicy Pokchoi and Vegetables, and the Mushroom Crystal and Kaffir Lime Pesto to Chilean Sea Bass, one can enjoy a wide variety of flavourful dim sums here. Each one is packed with fresh ingredients, neatly encapsulated and popping with flavours. Made with the best quality ingredients by chefs who have mastered this art, dim sums here are a must-try. Now one can relish these as part of the yum cha brunch on Saturdays too, apart from the regular À la carte menu.
This bohemian restaurant is undoubtedly a hotspot for Asian cuisine and the dim sums are no exception. The Sui Mai and Har Gau here are one of the best in the city, both by way of taste and technique. The Shanghai Mushroom Dumpling with three exotic mushrooms is enough to convert any carnivore. The selection of dim sums are varied, soft and have smooth textures. Aesthetically presented, these are absolutely irresistible.
This stylish Pan Asian bistro does not merely excel in sushi and cocktails but offers exquisitely flavoured dim sums too that tease your taste buds. Each dim sum is painstakingly plated and it tastes as good as it looks. Beetroot Infused Wrappers, stuffed with sauteed leeks and chestnuts served on a bed of celery, spring onion and chilli dip with yuzu soya foam on top as a garnish, is pure decadence. Asparagus, Corn And Burnt Spring Onion is equally full of delightful flavours and you would not mind being vegetarian for once.
This fun place with a lively décor boasts a unique set of dumplings on its menu. No run-of-the-mill stuff here. The Street Style Spicy Dumplings and Old School Gyoza should not be missed. The spicy, in-house sauces served along, enhance the experience. Mama’s Dumplings Chicken with minced chicken and preserved bean curd are replete with flavours, rustic and homestyle. The Prawn And Celery Dumplings are any sea food lover’s dream come true. Affordably priced, one can indulge in a myriad variety here.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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