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Beth McFadden3 years ago

The 3 best yum cha restaurants in Cairns

Many of us love to sit down at a restaurant and indulge in yum cha. This traditional Chinese meal originated when travellers on the Silk Road would stop for a bite to eat on their travels. Nowadays, it’s enjoyed by many different cultures that come together to be fed delicious fresh food in a fun, relaxed environment. Check out these local yum cha restaurants in Cairns and have your fresh dim sums, spring rolls, dumplings and other traditional dishes wheeled to your table. These locally loved restaurants are perfect if you live in Cairns, or if you’re travelling through the region and seeking out some incredible cuisine.

Jade Plus

Try modern Asian yum cha, Jade Plus - Cairns
Try modern Asian yum cha, Jade Plus – Cairns

If you’re looking for a restaurant to impress your partner, Jade Plus has two locations in Cairns, making this an incredibly convenient contemporary yum cha restaurant. Because of the range of foods that get served at yum cha, it can be the perfect meal for a date night if one or both of you are picky eaters. Serving up yum cha daily for lunch and dinner, take a seat in one of the modern Jade Plus restaurants and fill up on the delicious food. While they serve up traditional dishes such as san choi bow and pan fried dumplings, you’ll also love their chef’s signature dishes. One fantastic twist on the cuisine is the ox tongue served with wasabi sauce if you love a spicy bite to eat. If this sounds a bit adventurous, try the chef’s crispy brisket with rose bean curd dipping sauce. You won’t be disappointed by the incredible food if you choose to yum cha at Jade Plus, so why not grab your significant other for a romantic night out at one of their pleasant locations.
Where: Level 1, Cairns International Tennis Centre, 358 Sheridan Street, Cairns North QLD 4870

Café China & Noodle Bar

Traditional Chinese cuisine, Cafe China - Cairns
Traditional Chinese cuisine, Cafe China – Cairns

If you’re looking for a last minute table for some authentic yum cha, look no further than Café China & Noodle Bar. Located in the opulent Reef Hotel Casino, this restaurant has been a longstanding local favourite for the best part of two decades. If you love a good glass of wine, this cozy yum cha restaurant also prides itself on its extensive wine cellar. Their impressive menu has a huge range of yum cha dishes, and even points out the traditional Chinese dishes if you want a taste of authenticity. One traditional dish is the century egg (a preserved and cured egg) and pickled ginger. This really is a dish for practiced taste buds so choose from dozens of other dishes including fresh oysters and sweet and sour pork if you want to ease yourself into the cuisine. If you’re finding it difficult to choose, speak to one of the friendly and experienced staff for their recommendations. Don’t look any further than Café China for incredible authentic yum cha in the heart of Cairns.
Where: 34/41 Wharf Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Taste of China Restaurant

Fresh hor fun beef with shallots, Taste of China - Cairns
Fresh hor fun beef with shallots, Taste of China – Cairns

The Taste of China Restaurant is just a block away from the water in Cairns. To match the incredible location, they also serve up incredible dishes. When you step into this restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice is the incredible aroma of dishes being presented to the tables. Boasting fantastic reviews about the quality of the food, you can choose from any of their yum cha dishes and be impressed. Start off with some steamed BBQ pork buns or prawn dumplings, and if you are still feeling peckish definitely go for their spicy seafood laksa. The traditional décor and artistic plating of their dishes will impress you, whether you’re being served a whole lobster or steaming noodles. If you’re looking for a lively restaurant to dine with friends and family, don’t go past the fresh and light cuisine of the Taste of China restaurant for a meal that will impress everyone.
Where: 36 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870

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