South China Dim Sum Bar

South China Dim Sum Bar
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R89 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
R35 (max 2 bottles)

Critic's review

Zola Nene

Situated in Long street, this authentic dumpling restaurant is a taste of China in the heart of Cape Town. Everything is made-to-order by the chef and is served straight out of the steamer or pan so that you eat each dumpling while it’s still hot and fresh. Dumplings on offer include beef, lamb and chicken pot stickers which come served in threes with a dipping sauce. Traditional Chinese Char Su Bao stuffed with red bean paste is a popular choice and highly recommended by the waiter, as is the sweet and smoky pork bao. Both are served in single portions.

For something a little more filling and substantial, the slow-braised beef with jasmine rice is a delicious combination of fatty succulent beef and sticky fragrant rice. The spicy prawn laksa is a must-try for any seafood lover, the broth tastes of the ocean, and the prawns are served in the shell for maximum flavour delivery.

Dessert options comprise of homemade seasonal ice cream flavours, served by the scoop. The black sesame ice cream is a dark charcoal colour with an interesting, unfamiliar flavour. Perfect for a quick lunch outing or a relaxed dinner.

A selection of signature Chinese-inspired house cocktails are available. Try the green tea mojito or Shanghai iced tea with a vodka kick. Wine and beer are available, but the selection is limited. There is a wide range of Chinese teas available, as well as a selection of traditional coffee and Vietnamese coffee on offer too. Both can be served iced or with a scoop of ice cream.

Service is attentive, and the waiting time is dependent on how busy the restaurant is. Everything is made-to-order and is served as soon as it is ready. The open-plan kitchen reveals the tight kitchen space as well as the small number of chefs working at any given time.

The restaurant is modestly decorated, with Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling and the menu written on chalkboards that hang on the wall. Tables are small and plain with small stools, enough space for you to receive your order, eat it timeously and be on your way. Don’t expect to hang around for hours for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • I cannot recommend this hole in the wall eatery enough. Authentic and delicious. Chef Ed is welcoming and talented. There is always a vibe and every bite is heaven. Favourites include the lamb potstickers and siu Mai and the beef short rib with Jasmine Rice. Writing this review has made me crave the good again. Off we go!
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  • Small cozy with quirky Bruce Lee decor created great, simple atmosphere. Food was very good. Been there a few times. Never been disappointed. Booking essential, always full!
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  • Been waiting 1.5 hours for their special of Wonton Soup and was told by the waiter it’s not his problem he doesn’t make the food. Always good food but as usual Cape Town Restaurants are greedy and try serve more people than they know they can cope with.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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