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South China Dim Sum Bar

6 Reviews
Asian
Phone Number 0788463656 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 2.30pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10pm (kitchen Closes 9.30)

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Menu

Menu - South China Dim Sum Bar Menu - Updated July 2019

Details

Cost
R89 avg main meal
Food
Asian
Corkage
R35 (max 2 bottles)
Cost
R89 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Licensed, Lunch, Takeaways, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Thando Ndabezitha

Food

A constantly refreshed street food menu ensures you’re always in for a surprise – and each dish hits the nail on the head. The set menu is straightforward: Dim sum, noodles and rice bowls, steamed buns and rice cakes.

The dumplings come in threes. Highly recommended are the siu mai with mustard and hoisin sauce – steamed open-face wheat dumplings with pork belly and shitake mushrooms. Perfect on a chilly winter night.

For a tasty vegetable option, try the vegetable pot stickers with nuoc cham sweet chilli sauce. The wheat dumplings are pan-fried and served with caramelised onions, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots and garlic chives. There are also lamb and beef pot stickers, as well as chicken wontons.

The portions aren’t large, so you could have a couple of rice or noodle dishes without feeling like you’ve overindulged. A good first option, which you can pair with another dish, is the cold sesame noodle salad. The fresh egg wheat noodles are tossed in a soy dressing together with bean sprouts, carrot cucumber, bell pepper, spring onion, sesame seeds and peanuts. The salad is topped with shredded free-range chicken. For vegetarians, the hawker noodles – tossed with ginger, spring onion, oyster sauce and topped with bean sprouts, Asian greens and spicy sauce – are punchy in flavour and aroma.

Check the daily specials for exciting sweets such as Vietnamese affogato and artisanal ice cream options such as halva and hazelnut.

Drinks

A brief wine list featuring mainly local wines is accompanied by a specials menu for drinks, with wines such as Arendsig Shiraz and Foundry Grenache Blanc. Do try the Hokusetsu Nigori sake.

Service

Making a reservation is a must as the place fills up pretty quickly. The service is friendly, efficient and professional.

Ambience

The open kitchen lends a cosiness and intimacy to an otherwise unpretentious, pared-back space, with flat scatter cushions the only form of comfort for sitting on plain wooden seats.

Best for…

Eco-friendly eating thanks to recyclable dinnerware.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Best Dim Sum in CT by a long shot. Make sure you make a booking as its mostly packed at night, especially on the weekends.
    Best dim sum in Cape Town by far. Worth making a booking, service and food was really outstanding
    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!
    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!
    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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