Established for over 50 years, Guangzhou Restaurant has been regarded as a dining institution in the city, they successfully expanded with numerous branches upholding its fine reputation, the main branch at Wen Chang Lu is still considered to be the best of the lot, with a charming garden ambience. The restaurant was bursting at the seams with dim sum aficionados. You can tell engaging in the pursuit of delectable dim sum is one of the Cantonese tradition that we've embraced with gusto. As dim sum diners, we are as focused on the drinking of tea "yum cha" as we are on the accompanying food, dim sum, meaning “to touch the heart”, those delicious little Cantonese snack delicacies served in steaming baskets.
Guangzhou Jiujia (Guangzhou Restaurant)
No. 2, Wenchang Nan Lu, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 81380388
Tea for two person (RMB16.00)
Har Gao (Prawn Dumpling), RMB29.00
Siew Mai (Pork and Shrimp Dumpling), RMB23.00
Cheong Fun (Minced Pork Meat Rice Roll), RMB22.00
Fung Chaw (Chicken Claws), RMB23.00
Pai Kut (Steamed Pork Ribs), RMB20.00
Total paid: RMB133.00Recommended Chinese Restaurants in Guangzhou
Panxi Jiujia (Panxi Restaurant)
Add: No. 151, Longjin Xi Lu, Guangzhou
Pan Xi Restaurant, located on the site of an imperial garden of Nan Han Dynasty, is a large-scale garden-style restaurant. It specializes in Cantonese cuisine and the most famous is its pastry, which won many prizes in the cooking contests of various levels. Panxi Restaurant is famous for its specialty-Baiqie Chicken. This dish served by Panxi Restaurant is believed to be the most delicious, and Panxi Restaurant has received the Golden Tripod of High Quality Production from the Department of Commerce for its Baiqie Chicken.
Taotao Ju Jiujia (Taotao Ju Restaurant)
Add: No. 20, Di Shi Fu Lu, Guangzhou
Located in the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, Taotao Ju Restaurant, as one of the most revered traditional Cantonese restaurants, attracts guests from all over the world every day. A menu (available in English) is full of weird animal parts and more than 200 varieties of dim sum are served.
75 Tianhe East Road, Tianhe District
One of the best dim sum places in the city, Meixin Garden is where service never falls short of expectations and each order is consistently hot and tasty. Located in the heart of Tianhe District covering an entire floor of the building, this delightful spot specializes in old favorites such as the Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Hagao) and Shumai, as well as introducing a few unique flavors to tickle one’s palate. What’s also notable is the menu which features both Chinese and English to help out the Chinese illiterate
Southern Garden Restaurant
142 Qianjin Road, Haizhu District
Almost a hop, skip and jump from most popular places in the city, Southern Garden Restaurant is a place to entertain people. Having been around since the 1950s, this massive campus covers over 3 banquet halls and is surrounded by picturesque gardens and fountains. Baskets and plates of traditional Chinese tapas are decent and flavorsome and eating here gives you the opportunity to dine with many of the Guangzhou locals. Be forewarned though: the dim sum menu is in Chinese only without any pictures, but trudge through and you’ll leave satisfied.
South Sea Fishing Village
4th Floor, 11-13 Zhujiang Dong Road
Located next door to the Zhujiang New Town subway station, this banquet hall, surrounding a windowed open center, houses some of the better dimsum in town. The service is fine and quick. Dim sum menu is all in Chinese, but the restaurant does offer a pictured menu for you to point your selections.
4/F International Finance Plaza (IFP), Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Tel: 020-3880 6788
This reliable old Hong Kong favorite truly does not disappoint, no matter whether you’re in a Lei Garden in Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong; the Guangzhou outpost is no exception. The restaurant bustles with corporate suits during weekday dim sum lunch and the same suits in weekend leisure wear accompanied by families on weekends. To be safe in securing a table on weekends, come very early (11am) or very late (2pm). There are no English menus and the staff, though brisk and efficient, also don’t speak any English so be forewarned. Lei Garden has prices to match its swanky location; an average of RMB 400 for dim sum for two.
Basement Level, Taikoo Hui Shopping Mall, Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District
Tel: 020-3868 2138, 020-3868 2101
The posh environs of Taikoo Hui houses an equally swish dim sum place, Jade Garden, which has no problems attracting a well-dressed, affluent crowd who nevertheless seem willing to queue patiently for around 45 minutes to an hour just to secure a table. The food is worth the wait, however, as pretty much everything on the dim sum menu is satisfyingly good. Jade Garden has bi-lingual dim sum menus and some staff can speak English. Dim sum for two can cost up to RMB 450.
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