The Best Dim Sum in Tokyo, Japan
We have lived in Yokohama, Japan for three years now and one of the meals in life that we absolutely cannot live without is Dim Sum. Our weekend pretty much revolves around sleeping late and then heading over to Chinatown to our favorite ballroom to order several of our favorite dishes while we marinate in gluttony over a hot pot of Jasmine tea. It is honestly the perfect way to start the weekend, or start the new week if you go on a Sunday. Yes, dim sum is a truly romantic Asian experience. So if you can find the right place that serves great food, consider yourself lucky.
The first Manchinro restaurant was established over 100 years ago in 1893, and since then, Manchinro Tenshinpo became the first place in Chinatown to introduce order-style dim sum with a menu consisting of over 60 high quality selects, all prepared with the finest ingredients.
I’ve had dim sum in Hong Kong, Taipei, NYC, LA, Seattle, Boston, and Houston, including Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan, which boasts a Michelin star. I am very picky when it comes to my dim sum and few places make the cut. But still, I claim that Manchinro Tenshinpo is the BEST dim sum I’ve ever had in the world.
The Siu Mai are cooked to perfection, as opposed to most of the other “Japanese style” Siu Mai you find around Yokohama’s Chinatown. These babies are authentic Cantonese. My other favorite dish is always the Cheong Fun, or the beef rice roll. If you’re a vegetarian, they offer shrimp. The preparation here is spot on and the texture and taste are top-notch. I also love to get egg custard buns for dessert, dumplings, salted fish fried rice, and my husband really enjoys the fried squid.
The service here is first-rate and the ballroom is beautiful. There is no better place to enjoy dim sum in Japan. If you’re in Tokyo or Yokohama, you should consider coming here for a true dim sum experience.
ADDRESS: 156, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 231-0023
TRAIN STOP: 5-minute walk from the 2nd exit of Motomachi Chukagai station on the Minato-mirai line
HOURS: 11:00 – 22:00 (open year-round)
To Keep in Mind: It’s a large ballroom and we rarely have to wait for a table. But we often go after 1:00 PM. There is smoking and non-smoking available.