I love South China Dim Sum Bar – I have loved them from the very beginning – before they had printed menus and credit card machines. Now they have printed menus, credit card machines and plenty of new additions to the menu. The deco has gone from seriously sparse to minimalistic design and rustic chic. I’m so excited to see them turning into such a success. I truly believe these guys make the best Dim Sum in Cape Town closely followed by Saigon. The most important thing about these guys is book. If you do not book you will most likely not get a table. Don’t think – oh its a cold miserable Tuesday night no one is going out. Yes they are – and they go to South China Dim Sum Bar. When we were there for our quick dinner they turned away 6 separate groups looking for a table without a booking.

On the left is the Siu Mai- which is an open face dumpling with pork belly and shitake mushroom. These guys are delicious and fresh. Love the savoury earth shitakes with the meaty slightly sweet pork belly. Winning dim sum conbination. In the middle are the amazing veggie potstickers- these guys are crispy sweet and salty goodness especially yummy with the soy and hoisan sauce. And last up is the steamed fluffy bun filled with honey roasted pork and onion. This was the boyfriends favourite because its filling and delicious but I find the bun to be too heavy and stodgy. In the background is also the boyfriends favourite beer to drink with Dim Sun -the San Miguel.

Yes- we eat a lot at the Dim Sun Bar. You’re welcome to judge me because it is damn delicious!! Next up was a new one for me – sweet potato cake (normally turnip cake) which is a pan fried rice cake with sweet potatos, shitake mushrooms and spring onions. This was possibly my favourite of the night – kind of like a savoury delicious dessert and a lot like a M&S potato cake if you know what I’m talking about. I would highly recommend this!

In the middle is a steamed dumpling with prawns, water chestnuts and spring onions. I have such a thing for water chestnuts so was delighted to see them on the menu. Packed with fresh flavour of sweet prawns and umami crunchy chestnuts.

This last one is a serious dark horse. I did not want to order this. I thought it would be like a miso soup which I have found disappointing in the past. This was absolutely delicious, fabulously hot and spicy, packed with intense flavours and seriously messy to eat. This was an Asain style broth filled with noodles, prawns, spices, spring onions, grated carrots, spicy tomato something and fresh herbs.



  • Location: 289 Long Street, Cape Town
  • Opening times: Lunch – Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (12:00 – 14:30) and Dinner – Tuesdays through to Sundays (18:00 – 22:00)
  • Contact details: 078 846 3656

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