Dim Sum is a style of Cantonese cuisine that is thought to have originated in southern China during the Song Dynasty. Usually translated as ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese. The small portions were designed to merely touch the heart not sate the appetite. They were first enjoyed as snacks, to be served alongside the tea found in the tea houses that were springing up across China.

Today, in traditional Dim Sum restaurants, the small dishes are usually ordered from carts that are systematically pushed around the dining room, as well as by choosing from a menu. They are typically served on small plates or in steaming baskets.

Dim Sum Delights

Dim Sum is more than just a meal; it is a cultural and social tradition that has been passed down for generations. It is a time for families and friends to gather, share stories, and enjoy each other’s company. In many Chinese communities, Dim Sum is a weekly or monthly event, and it is not uncommon for families to spend hours together at the restaurant, savouring the various dishes and sipping tea.

As you would expect from the team at Tàn Chá, we have taken the tradition to new heights, and developed a menu worthy of a Michelin guide restaurant. In fact, we believe we are the best Dim Sum restaurant in Dubai.

Starting with Sour, our Teochew Province Grouper Dumpling with pickled sour ginger will awaken your taste buds. For a touch of sweetness, try our divine Ostrich Preserved Vegetable Puff, made with ostrich mince and braised sweet mui choy in Agaricus. Those who appreciate Bitter will love our Wagyu Beef Puff with its delectable combination of bitter melon and black bean sauce.

For those who crave Spicy, our Sichuan Province ‘Mala’ Octopus Dumpling, made with Hokkaido octopus and Sichuan peppercorn lotus root, will deliver the heat you’re after. Finally, Salty is represented by our beautifully crafted Salted Egg Chicken Glutinous Rice Wrap, featuring dried shrimp, shiitake mushroom, and bamboo leaf.

We offer a wide variety of dumplings and dim sums to suit all tastes. Impress your guests with our Truffle Mushroom Bun, a savoury croissant in the shape of a mushroom, stuffed with oysters, shitakes, and black truffles for a truly stunning presentation. For a playful twist, try our Bumblebee Wagyu Beef Buns, shaped like bumblebees and served with a Szechuan honey sauce. No matter your preferences, our menu is sure to delight everyone at your table. As a Michelin guide restaurant, we are proud to provide exceptional dining experiences to all of our guests.

Of course, all our Dim Sum is served with a selection of traditional Chinese teas, each of which has been carefully selected to complement your meal. We pride ourselves on offering you a truly exceptional experience, that is both respectful of tradition and also pushes boundaries and defies expectations.

If you’ve not tried Dim Sum or would like to learn more about the joys that this culinary art form has to offer, there is no better place to visit than Tàn Chá – the best Dim Sum restaurant in Dubai.