The best dim sum in downtown Toronto has evolved over the years. Cart service has largely disappeared, hotels are no longer the hotspots and many places on this list give their Markham, Richmond Hill and Scarborough counterparts a good run for their money when it comes to killer har gow, shao mai and cheong fan.
Here are the best dim sum restaurants in downtown Toronto.
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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Toronto
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Rosewood Chinese Cuisine
A relative newcomer, Rosewood in Chinatown serves excellent quality dim sum at affordable prices. It’s always advisable to get a seat on the upper floor (great for people-watching and avoiding cold drafts) while you sit and sift through their diverse menu of dim sum offerings.
Another newcomer, Kwan at Yonge and St. Clair is a breath of fresh air (tinged with dumpling smells, naturally) in the midtown culinary scene. The elegant restaurant has pleasant (though sometimes slow) service, and serves up killer rice rolls (cheong fan). What’s not to like?
Bringing glamour (and quality) back to the downtown hotel dining scene, Susur Lee's Luckee does dim sum options all day (just like their bar menu) so you can pair one of their succulent and orange-coloured har gows with a glass of sangria. Now that’s dim sum-ing like a boss.
Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
A Yorkville classic, Dynasty offers occasional celebrity sightings with your delicious steamed dumplings. On the menu are an array of sophisticated (and rather pricey) options that you normally don’t encounter in run-of-the-mill dim sum joints. Case in point - the delightfully light yet tasty scallop dumplings.
The Asian Legend chain does many kinds of dishes well, and while the menu here is pretty standard (except for their excellent soup-filled dumplings), it's still a worthy option when seeking out dim sum in Chinatown.
This ostentatiously decorated restaurant has plenty of fans thanks to their excellent dim sum as well the utter ridiculousness of its interior design. Try not to let all the gleam of the marble and faux-European decor distract you from the juicy chicken feet or the tasty shao mai dumplings.
This high-end spot in the Metropolitan Hotel has impressive upscale takes on your everyday dim sum menu items, the foie gras shao mai being one such highlight. Excellent service and a serene dining room make this an elegant, delicious experience.
For a simple, no-frills experience Rol San delivers. Expect plentiful but cramped seating, mediocre service and deliciously fresh food. Ask for a spot in the back room.
A timeless classic (they’ve been serving dim sum for 30 years) and winner of multiple awards, this lakeside spot is the go-to place if you want your dim sum with a view. Don't miss out on the sweet and delicious barbeque pork buns.
The Best Dim Sum in Downtown Toronto