Dim Joy

Price guide: Mid-range

80 Neil Road, Singapore, 088842

Price guide: Mid-range

Dumplings and pork buns

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

I write for BBC World TV. Read more
#9 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Foodies, Escaping the crowds, No fuss

Expert review of Dim Joy

Dim sum to die for!

This unassuming little canteen come café is a great place for a casual dim sum lunch. The food is fresh and it’s one of my mother’s favourite dim sum restaurants – this is not to be sneezed at, she is a wise Chinese woman who loves her food.

Food and drink: 

The dumplings are divine, especially the steamed seiw mai and the king shrimp har gao. The honey syrup pork buns, or char siew bao, were light and fluffy. The pork and chive wor tip looks wonderful like a fried hat on top of your dumplings. But my favourite dish was the pan-fried carrot (radish) cake and the century egg congee, which is served in a large clay pot and can easily feed six people.

Ambience: 

Housed in a traditional shop house, Dim Joy is a casual diner crammed with office workers at lunchtime. But in the evenings, there’s an intimate courtyard out the front with wooden garden furniture.

Service: 

Every time I’ve been I cannot fault the service. Even when the restaurant is rammed with people, the food was always piping hot and served within a reasonable time frame. They also continued to fill up our pot of tea, even after we had paid the bill.

Location: 

Hidden behind a traditional, walled shop house on busy Neil Road in Chinatown, you could easily miss Dim Joy if you are driving past.

Price advice: 

Reasonably priced dim sum. The congee was $9 a pot, but it was a substantial size and the dumplings are less than $5 a plate. Lunch for three people was approximately $30.

More information on Dim Joy:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Asian, Chinese
Address:
80 Neil Road, Singapore, 088842
Telephone:
+65 6220 6986
Website:
http://www.dimjoy.com/home.html
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 6pm–10pm; Sat-Sun 10am–3pm, 5pm–10pm; Closed Tuesday.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Dim Joy? Would you recommended it?