The digs on South Bay dim sum

Whether you’re looking for a quick take-out meal or a traditional sit-down experience, here are our recommendations on the best dim sum restaurants in the South Bay.

A spread of dim sum plates from Koi Palace.

Get all the traditional dishes from Koi Palace.

Photo by SJtoday staff

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Let’s talk brunch, and we don’t mean just bacon and waffles.

We’re discussing dim sum, a Cantonese meal traditionally served in the morning consisting of small sweet + savory plates and accompanied by Chinese tea.

If you’ve never tried it, or just want to explore more — check out these four spots for a well-rounded dim sum experience.

Try traditional

Koi Palace, 768 Barber Ln., Milpitas
Established in Milpitas in 2014, this restaurant serves all the dim sum staples. Order from the detailed menu tableside with great pictures, but don’t miss the Cha Sui Bao (BBQ pork bun) with a sweet, crispy top.

A modern twist

iCHiNA Restaurant, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 1891, Santa Clara
This contemporary Cantonese restaurant transports you to the lavish dining experiences found in Hong King + China. Enjoy gourmet-style dim sum staples in an opulent dining room. Tea is the staple, but don’t pass up browsing its eclectic cocktail menu.

A spread of take-out food from Din Tai Fung.

Din Tai Fung also does takeout orders.

Photo by SJtoday staff

Serving specialty dumplings

Din Tai Fung, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 1259, Santa Clara
Named as one of the top ten gourmet restaurants in the world, this restaurant boasts some of the best handmade Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling) you’ll find in the area. Enjoy the little delights stuffed with truffle, crab, Kurobuta (a premium Japanese pork) — and even sweet taro, red bean, or sesame.

Keep it casual

Serious Dumpling, 49 N. San Pedro St.
Head to San Pedro Square for this casual spot with dim sum staples, as well as Shanghainese dishes. Pair your steamer of dumplings with a sake cocktail or draft beer — happy hour is Tuesday-Thursday, $2 off beers all day, btw. We dare you to try its original giant soup dumpling that comes with a soup-sipping straw.

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