Go where the locals go: the best Yum Cha restaurants Brisbane has to offer!

Hi readers!

There is really nothing I enjoy more than a lazy Sunday lunch with my family or friends, and Yum Cha (飲茶) restaurants make for the perfect setting. Originating from China (specifically Cantonese regions such as Guangdong and Hong Kong), Yum Cha is traditionally a lunchtime occurrence where people choose delicious steamed food from trolleys to eat together and drink tea. Due to Australia’s diverse population and multiculturalism, Yum Cha soon spread to Brisbane and now everyone can try it!

A good Yum Cha restaurants depends not only on perfectly cooked dim sims, but also fast friendly service, a good atmosphere and meals which come at an affordable price. After much (yummy) research, I have compiled a list of the top 5 Yum Cha restaurants in Brisbane.

5. Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant

Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

10:00am – 3:00pm


Located in Fortitude Valley’s vibrant Chinatown, this proud restaurant has admittedly been in decline for some years, due to increasing financial difficulties that all the nearby Chinese restaurants (King of Kings, China House etc.) have similarly faced. However, despite its problems the food remains the same: mouth-watering! A family favourite, this restaurant has been around for years and, while improvements need to made to pricing, never disappoints in the food and service departments.


Food: 4/5

Price: 2/5

Atmosphere: 3/5

Service: 5/5

4. Haoke Chinese Seafood Restaurant

223 Calam Rd, Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109

10:00am – 3:00pm


Photo: http://brisbanefoodhunters.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/haoke-chinese-restaurant.html

This little Yum Cha restaurant tucked inside the corner of Compton and Calam road is always brimming with activity (especially on Sundays) and a favourite among young Chinese locals. Haoke is great for those who love a buzzing atmosphere when they go to eat with their friends, and the variety of Yum Cha dishes available is impressive. Every time that I’ve gone, my favourite Yum Cha dishes Siu mai and pork spare ribs with black bean sauce have always been on point! Due to its busyness, the wait to get inside can be as long as 30 minutes, and the staff can be quite harried, which pushed this restaurant back to fourth position on my list. Definitely a worthwhile visit though!


Food: 5/5

Price: 4/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Service: 2/5

3. Suncrop Seafood Restaurant

512 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

11:00am – 3:00pm


A recent find, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed my experience at Suncrop Seafood Restaurant. It’s modern interior makes it stand out from other Yum Cha restaurants, and its staff were very friendly and helpful. At first, I was unsure if I would like Suncrop, as they only provide one-hour dining during busy hours. However, the restaurant makes up for it by having all-you-can-eat within the hour for $19.80 per person! (The cost is a little extra if you pay by card though). Also, the staff were very accommodating, and informed us that you can stay and relax even after the hour’s up – you just can’t order more food from the trolley. Knowing that we weren’t going to get kicked out the second our hour was up, and the fact that we could still drink tea together meant the one-hour rule didn’t really hinder our dining experience at Suncrop. So if you can eat a lot in one hour and live close to the city, this Yum Cha restaurant is a total bargain and the place for you!


Food: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Atmosphere: 3/5

Service: 5/5

2. Landmark Restaurant

358 Mains Rd, Sunnybank QLD 4109

10:30am – 2:30 pm


What’s a list of the best Yum Cha restaurants in brisbane without Landmark! By far the biggest and most popular on this list, Landmark accommodates and feeds the majority of the Chinese Australian community in Brisbane given its prime position in Sunnybank, where many different Asian restaurants can be found. It is also popular among all ages and ethnic groups as well, so the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming! Always busy, the restaurant sometimes has a waiting time to get in, and service can be slow on especially bustling days. But the food is always good, the pricing reasonable, and the atmosphere fantastic, especially when you look up and see the big chandeliers hanging above!


Food: 5/5

Price: 4/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Service: 3/5

1. Big Gun Chinese Restaurant

7/2922-2926 Logan Road, Underwood QLD 4119

11:00am – 3:00pm

Image result for big gun chinese restaurant

While Logan is infamous for being the residence of bogans, it is in fact where one of the best-kept-secret Yum Cha restaurants reside. Despite having changed management a number of times, and even closing down at one point, Big Gun Restaurant remains my all-time favourite Yum Cha restaurant in Brisbane. Well known among local Chinese residents, it has gained a loyal customer following and maintains its reputation as a restaurant that provides a great Yum Cha experience. Food, atmosphere, service – they have it all. Made visible on the street by a big red gun and cow statue (that’s Logan for you), it is also easy to find!  Highly recommend 🙂


Food: 5/5

Price: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 5/5


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