Rise and shine dim sum lovers! It’s time to spoil ourselves with some delicious har gow and siu mai!
We all know that waking up early in the morning sucks. But we also know that when it comes to dim sum, sleeping in is something we’re willing to sacrifice in order to get our hands on some fresh dim sum and to avoid those long lineups.
Who can say no to enjoying those delicious steamed dumplings and mouth-watering hot steamy egg tarts in the morning with our friends and family?
Yeah, that’s right – a big breakfast served to satisfy our dim sum cravings in the morning!
There are plenty of amazing dim sum places in Toronto, but you should travel north of the city for some of the best dim sum restaurants in Richmond Hill.
In this article, we’re going to give you the best dim sum places in Richmond Hill that are worth leaving downtown Toronto for.
After trying these dim sum restaurants in Richmond Hill, you’ll never look back!
1. Yu Seafood (漁膳房)
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Address: 270 West Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON; L4B 3Y9
Yu Seafood is quite famous in the Richmond Hill area for its quality food.
Don’t get fooled by the name. They’re much more than a high-end seafood restaurant. They also have really good dim sum!
Yu Seafood is pricier than its competitors, but you get what you pay for.
The décor is top-notch, the restaurant is very clean, and the service is fast. But more importantly, the food is freshly prepared and tastes incredible! You won’t be disappointed with this restaurant.
Their menu offers a wide selection of dim sums to choose from. With dishes that are not found in your typical dim sum restaurant. They have unique items like “red” rice noodle rolls.
The presentation looks strange at first because of the red rice noodles, but it’s actually really good. It’s essentially crispy fried dough (youtiao) wrapped inside red rice rolls with shrimps in the middle! The texture is smooth and crispy at the same time.
To avoid the long wait, we highly suggest you call and book in advance. They have VIP rooms available so that’s a huge plus for groups that prefer more privacy.
If you want to experience the next level of upscale, you can visit their second location at Yorkdale. Super fancy!
2. The One Fusion Cuisine (聚龍軒)
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Address: 9019 Bayview Ave, Unit 9; Richmond Hill, ON; L4B 3M6
We have an honest review here along with the list of dim sum items we ordered from The One Fusion Cuisine.
Once you step inside the restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice is its fancy interior. It’s very clean, bright, and modern. Definitely not like your average Chinese restaurant.
The ceiling is hanging with over-the-top light fixtures that shine brightly over the dining area and even the tablecloths feel extra premium.
This restaurant is operated by the same owners as Skyview Fusion Cuisine and Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine so you know you’ll be getting quality dim sum without paying top dollars.
They have a wide selection of dim sum items to order on their menu. From staples such as har gow, siu mai, and steamed rice rolls, to sweet desserts like milk tarts.
Their feature item black sesame molten yolk buns are simply amazing. Not only are they soft and fresh, but the moment you take a small bite, the golden egg york flows out like lava. They’re delicious and Instagram-worthy. You have to order this!
If you have family and friends visiting from another city, this is the restaurant you want to take them to.
3. Skyview Fusion Cuisine (乙龍天)
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Address: 8261 Woodbine Ave, Unit 8, Markham, ON L3R 8Z5
Okay, Skyview Fusion Dim Sum Restaurant isn’t exactly in Richmond Hill, but they’re right at the border of Richmond Hill and Markham. This dim sum joint is too good to not have on this list!
A few steps away from Costco, this restaurant is popular amongst locals for having superb dim sum. If you’re looking for cheap dim sum, this is not the place. You’ll need to keep searching.
What you’re going to get here is quality dim sum made with fresh ingredients. All the items are elegantly presented. You can tell that the kitchen staff goes the extra mile with food plating. Does the food taste as good as it looks? You bet!
Here are some of the dim sum highlights at Skyview.
- Har gao: massive dumplings stuffed with big chunks of quality shrimp and covered by thin wrappers. Garnished with a full-sized shrimp
- Siu mai: a staple dim sum item. Juicy and tender. It’s jam-packed with flavours. Be careful, they’re piping hot
- BBQ pork pastry bun: pineapple bun baked to perfection. Crispy and sweet on the outside and filled with delicious char siu on the inside.
They’re quite generous on the portion sizes so don’t go ordering everything off the menu. Otherwise, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to take home. On second thought, that might not be a bad idea!
4. My Wonderful Kitchen
My Wonderful Kitchen in Richmond Hill serves a variety of good dim sum selections including classic har gow, siu mai, and their signature salty egg yolk custard bun. This restaurant can get pretty busy even on weekday mornings, so be sure to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait in line.
Want to learn more about their dim sum menu?
Come and check out our Richmond Hill Wonderful Kitchen review here where we tried most of their popular items. We’ll tell you honestly what’s good and what’s not. They have a few items that were shockingly disgusting, but despite that, they had many wonderful items too.
5. Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine
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Address: 8261 Woodbine Ave, Unit 8; Markham, ON; L3R 8Z5 (Temporary location)
This is one of the best dim sum places in Richmond Hill. Whenever we have dim sum cravings, this is the place we go to to get our fixes. Dragon Boat is known for having fresh and quality dim sum.
They have a variety of dim sums for you to order. Their steamed shrimp dumplings (har gows) are big and plump, the curry baby octopus is juicy and flavourful, and the egg white milk tarts are to die for – aromatic, smooth and flaky.
Want to get a deal on your dim sum?
Then wake up early and take advantage of their morning pricing. This restaurant offers early bird specials on weekdays (holidays excluded) before 11:00 AM. where medium and large items are priced the same as small items if you pay by cash.
This is a modern restaurant so you can expect to pay a little bit more compared to rundown Chinese restaurants. However, bear in mind that the portion sizes are also larger so price and portion size balance each other.
Being popular is synonymous with having long wait times. If you’re not there in the morning right when the restaurant opens, be prepared to wait for 45 to 75 minutes to be seated. The long wait time will test your patience, but the food is well worth the wait.
6. Shanghai Dim Sum
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Address: 330 Highway 7; Unit 108; Richmond Hill, ON; L4B 3P8
Are you bored of the same shrimp dumplings and siu mai? Why not try something new like Shanghai dim sum?
Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork soup dumplings) are famous in Shanghai dim sum restaurants. Luckily, you don’t need to fly across the ocean to get your hands on one of these delicious dumplings.
Here at Shanghai Dim Sum, the signature dish is their thinly wrapped (“silk skin”) Xiao Long Bao that is juicy and flavourful. You can choose the original pork filling or the crab and pork mix – order both!
Their pan fried juicy pork buns are also very popular – an offspring of fried dumplings and soup dumplings. They’re crispy on the outside and filled with meat and soup that will burst out as you take a bite.
Foodie Tip: Xiao long bao is stuffed with pork and filled with a (piping hot) rich broth. If you toss the entire dumpling into your mouth and bite on it, the hot soup will pour out and will burn the inside of your mouth and tongue. To avoid this common mistake, pick up the dumpling with your chopsticks and place it on a spoon. As you take a small bite, the soup will leak into your spoon for you to enjoy afterward.
If you’ve never tried Shanghai-style dim sum, you need to try it ASAP! You have no idea what you’ve been missing out on!