Updated: April 9, 2021
Top 7 Dim Sum Places Around Colindale – Dim-Sum is the perfectly sized bite for eating on the go or for sharing at a sit-down meal. Cantonese cuisine has recently gained popularity in Colindale, making dim sum a local favourite.
But before we get started, let’s answer an obvious question you may be asking yourself.
What is Dim Sum?
So dim sum is not a single dish. It goes on to say that Cantonese dim sum has a broad range of flavours, textures, cooking styles and ingredients. Therefore there are several dozen varieties of dim sum dishes and several thousand dishes in existence.
So, there are dim sum dishes for almost every time.
For example “…dim sum can be classified into regular items, seasonal offerings, weekly specials, banquet dishes, holiday dishes, house signature dishes, travel-friendly, as well as breakfast or lunch foods and late-night snacks.“
Be sure to click through to the menus of these eating places, and you’ll discover a range of dishes offered by any particular local restaurant.
There are a few other similarly apparent questions.
Of what are the dim sum wrappers made? Of what is the dim sum pastry made?
The dim sum pastry/wrappers get made from thin sheets of dough made with wheat flour and water. It’s translucent and slightly chewy.
What does dim sum taste like?
Well it depends. The wrapper in my opinion has no real taste but benefits from being dipped in soy or other sauce. The overriding taste will depend on the actual filling.
How is dim sum prepared?
Dim Sum is typically served cold, steamed or fried.
What is inside dim sum?
Dim sum fillings can contain whatever you want. However, traditionally dim sum is usually several small plates of dumplings, and other snacks, eaten with tea, not dissimilar to Spanish Tapas.
Here are some typical steamed dim sum fillings examples. More are shown below.
- Prawn dumplings
- Prawn and chive dumpling
- Pork and prawn
- Prawn and chicken
- Steamed meatballs
- Pork ribs with black bean sauce.
Here are some fried dim sum examples
- Fried chicken Prawn dumplings
- Pan-Fried Turnip Cake
- Pan-Fried Chicken and Vegetable Buns
- Fried Bean curd Prawn Roll
So the only thing left is to tell you where you can get dim sum. Be sure to click through and examine each restaurant’s menu.
Here are the top seven places to eat dim sum when you’re in and around Colindale.
01- Jun Ming Xuan
Just one look at the dim sum photos on Jun Ming Xuan’s website will have your mouth watering. Although the ambience is “informal,” according to the restaurant, the extravagant plating of simple dim sum says otherwise.
At Jun Ming Xuan, traditional dim sum is served with a full tea brunch. Even though the dim sum itself has a modern twist on the original Cantonese flavours, you can still expect your dumplings to arrive at your table, piping hot, in a steam basket.
If you’re dining at Jun Ming Xuan for dinner, or even a later afternoon treat, try pairing your dim sum with a glass (or bottle) of wine from their shop.
02- Royal China One 68 Dim Sum at Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall
One of the most accessible places to find delicious dim sum is at the largest Asian food court in all of London. Visiting Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall is an experience in itself, with enough shops and kiosks to occupy an entire day.
If you get dim sum here before you shop, know you’re not leaving without a to-go order, too.
Visitors love Bang Bang Food Hall for the atmosphere, but also for the convenience factor too. But, before you go, be advised that this place can get pretty busy, so try to avoid peak meal times.
Although it’s almost always bustling, there won’t be as many people.
Some of the fan favourites here include:
- Steamed Chilli Pork Buns
- Spare Ribs in Black Bean Soya Sauce
- Prawn and Chive Dumplings
- Pork & Shrimp Dumplings with Mushroom
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the “Black Gold Salted Egg Yolk Bun” or “Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves.” You won’t be sorry.
Keep in mind that this is one of the more expensive dim sum options in Colindale. Prices range from £3.65 – £4.65, although worth every penny.
Don’t let the food court atmosphere trick you into thinking you’re getting anything less than gourmet bites.
If you don’t have the energy to navigate the crowd at Royal China One 68, you can take a trip downstairs at the Bang Bang Food Hall to Golden Dragon restaurant.
Here you’ll be able to skip the food court atmosphere and sit down while you enjoy your dim sum, under red paper lanterns.
Although the prices are a little on the higher side, the portions do not disappoint. More than likely, you’ll be leaving with leftovers.
Regulars also note that the line to wait for a table can get long, so plan ahead and make a reservation.
Golden Dragon’s menu features some of the tried and true favourites of dim sum, like Crispy ‘Char Siu’ Pork Puff Pastry and ‘Har Kau’ King Prawn Dumplings.
You can also expect:-
- Spare ribs
- Veggies, including bean curd and sweet lotus.
But you can also find unique offerings like Steamed Chicken Feet in Black bean Sauce and Rainbow Chicken Feet. Most of the dim Sum is between £3.30 – £4.20.
There will be no question about which restaurant is Wing Tai. The green-roofed pagoda tells you you’re in the right place, and a delicious dim Sum is right inside those big front doors.
Online reviews are on both sides of the spectrum as far as customer service goes. The biggest complaint is that they were slow to bring food to the tables in between courses.
Some also struggled to find any reservation policy- customers had to wait in line, unable to make reservations, while others had a table reserved beforehand.
But most customers agree, the food is spot-on.
Here’s a sampling of the offerings, all under £4.00:
- Meat & Prawn Fish Fin Dumplings
- Chiu Chow Dumplings with Pork & Peanut
- Beef Tripes in Ginger Sauce
- Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce
Until further notice, Wing Tai requires that one person from each party fill out a form online or in-person as a means of COVID tracking.
Customer tracking is one of the measures they’ve added to put the safety of their customers first during the global corona-virus pandemic. They also, of course, offer to carry out as an option.
05- Royal China
Royal China at Harrow on the Hill is the newest addition to the Royal China Group restaurants. Currently, it’s one of the only restaurants in the group that remains open, even if it’s just for takeout or delivery.
But really, what’s better than eating delicious dim sum at home, or in your hotel room, while wearing your favourite comfy pants?! With all of the soups and sauces, there’s no way you’ll finish your dim sum without spilling a little. It’s just impossible.
Royal China is a little more expensive than other dim sum hot spots, but it’s well worth the price. You can expect to spend £3.80 – £4.00 on dim Sum these staples found on most dim sum menus:
- Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce
- Vegetarian Dumplings
- Prawn and Radish Dumplings
- Roast Pork Buns
- Shanghai Pork Dumplings
But some of the seafood items on the menu will cost just a tad more, between £4.20 – £5.20. Not outrageous, but worth noting if you’re on a budget. If any of these sound good, plan to spend a little extra:
- Crab Meat Dumpling Soup
- Scallop Dumplings
- Prawn and Chive Dumplings
- Prawn Dumplings with Coriander
East Pan Asian Restaurant features authentic Cantonese dim sum, along with other favourites from different Asian cuisines. Shumai and bao are on the menu, but some of the traditional favourites have been updated with new ingredients.
Mixed mushroom bao is a tasty treat from the steamed dim sum menu. If you like seafood, you might also want to try the steamed scallop, prawn, and asparagus dumpling. There are even meatless options like vegetable crystal dumplings.
The fried dim sum menu has even more offerings, including:
- Fried Shrimp Dumpling with Mango Sauce
- Fried Cuttlefish Cake
- Fried Turnip Cake with XO Sauce
- Fried Mixed Mushroom Dumpling
- Pan Fried Turnip Cake
- Vegetarian Taro Croquette
07- Shikumen Ealing
Slightly outside of our catchment area (a neighbouring borough to Wembley) and we’ve included it because of the quality of it’s dim sum. With a name that translates to “stone gate,” Shikumen is modelled after a housing technique that’s used in Shanghai, which blends Chinese and Western structures. This blend is reflected in their menu, which combines high-quality British produce with Chinese flavours.
While their dim-sum only comes steamed, it’s accompanied by a broad menu of fantastic pairable dishes:
- King Prawn in wasabi sauce
- Peking duck
- A wide variety of vegetarian dishes.
- There’s even an option for jellyfish served in Sichuan sauce!
There are options for nearly everyone on this menu.
Their prices range from a manageable £8-15 per plate to their high-end menu of upwards of £52 per person.
Top 7 Dim Sum Places Around Colindale
So there you have it – 7 very nice places from which Dim Sum can be had.
If you have any kind of experience of eating Dim Sum around Colindale, please let us know below in the comments.