8 of the Metro’s
Best Dim Sum Buffets
By Shen Mascarinas
There are some days when one (or three) orders of dim sum just ain’t enough. Out of gigil, it’s hard not to inhale those adorable little dumplings at a triathlete’s pace. Plus, think about the plethora of exciting fillings, combinations and cooking styles that you’ve neglected for a while or have yet to taste.
For days like those, when your dim sum cravings take over your soul, only a dim sum buffet holds the key to your satisfaction. Unless you’re willing to risk being dim sum-hangry, better keep the details of these 8 dim sum buffets in your back pocket.
8. Crystal Jade Dining IN
Bonifacio High Street Central, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open on weekdays from 11am to 3pm then 5:30pm to 11pm and on weekends from 11am to 11pm
(02) 808 5233, (02) 519 8191 | Facebook | Website
Make your weekend a winner with Crystal Jade Dining IN’s dim sum buffet, priced at P788++. After all, Crystal Jade received a CCN Go Culinary Award for the Best Dim Sum category, so you’re sure to be in very capable hands. Pounce on it every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.
7. Boon Tong Kee
2F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City | (02) 955 2292
3F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City | (02) 890 0160
2F Entertainment Mall, MOA, Pasay City | (02) 804 2862
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For just P299, you get to sample various kinds of authentic Singaporean-Chinese dim sum and help a great advocacy while you’re at it. Boon Tong Kee donates P3 to Pusong Pinoy for every piece of dim sum you savor.
6. Phoenix Court
2F Tower Wing, The Bellevue Manila, North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10pm
(02) 771 8181 | Website
Spend your next special occasion at The Bellevue’s Phoenix Court, an elegant fine-dining Chinese restaurant, for a buffet that won’t leave your bankrupt. Enjoy unlimited servings of their top notch dim sum for P793.
New World Makati Hotel, Esperanza Street Cor. Makati Ave., Ayala Center, San Lorenzo, Makati
Open everyday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6pm to 10:30pm
(02) 811 6888 | Website
Experience the expertise of dim sum Chef Wong Sing To through Jasmine’s unlimited dim sum. Priced at only P795, enjoy soup, congee, noodle dishes, desserts and a pot of premium tea along with freshly cooked dim sum. This is available daily for both lunch and dinner.
4. Li Li
New World Manila Bay Hotel, 1588 Pedro Gil Corner M.H. Del Pilar Street, Malate, Manila
Open everyday from 12nn to 10pm
(02) 245 1234 | Website
Li Li’s chefs from Hong Kong let you taste Hong Kong’s delicious Cantonese dishes without the need for a plane ticket. With the freshest ingredients used for Li Li’s dim sum, you’ll definitely taste the difference. Experience this for yourself and try Li Li’s excellent dim sum buffet, available for lunch from Monday to Saturday and priced at P880.
Maxims Hotel, Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City
Open everyday from 11am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
(02) 908 8875 | Website
Perfect for those passionate about dim sum, this Cantonese lunch buffet amplifies unlimited servings of dim sum with a wide array of Cantonese dishes and desserts. You can choose from two sets with one priced at P888 and the other at P1,080. Passion’s Cantonese lunch buffet is available from Monday to Thursday, except on holidays.
2. Red Lantern
Expect a gastronomic treat when you try Red Lantern’s dim sum buffet as all their ingredients are sourced daily from Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. For P1,088++, not only do you get to enjoy various kinds of high quality dim sum, you can also take your pick from their great selection of Chinese barbecue, soup, rice rolls, noodle, rice, congee, dessert and even main course.
Come for lunch from 11:20 to 3pm every Monday to Thursday and from 10:30am to 4pm every Friday to Saturday.
1. Summer Palace
2F EDSA Shangri-La, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Open everyday from 11:30 am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10pm
(02) 633 8888 | Website
Here’s a sure sulit lunch! Aside from eat-all-you-can dim sum, you get to sample Summer Palace’s delicious appetizers, soup, noodles, rice and one main course. You only have to shell out P888 (subject to tax and service charge) all for that. This awesome deal is available for lunch every day except Sundays.
Any other dim sum buffets we need to keep in our back pocket? Sound off below!