There’s a new Chinese in town and it’s become the hottest kid of the block: DAM SUM. The restaurant opened this summer on the “parvis de la Trinité”, next to the Bailli Church and is already busy, busy, busy.

My Taiwanese friends took me for dinner right after the opening and it was love at first bite. Their specialty: soup dim sums. Thin doughed steemed juicy bites served on bamboo baskets. Apparently, you shouldn’t just shove them in your mouth (as I did at first): you need to bite gently or poke them with your stick in order to have the soup first. Then you can pour some soy sauce and eat away.

The Chinese Chef and his team prepare the dim sums in the open kitchen right before you. Big smile and fast dexterous hands. Inside, it’s welcome-to-Hong-Kong. Colourful graphic wallpapers. Kitsch meets street-art. Gorgeous.

We basically ordered the full menu -which by the way can satisfy both vegetarians and omnivores. Back then, I was still in the latter category (I will tell you more about this soon) so I tried the barbecue pork buns. Have you already had a bahn bao? The dough is so delicate, airy and delicious… Theirs are heavenly. Usually, when someone wants to have Chinese, I go “meh”. It always seemed too greasy or something. But DAM SUM has definitely changed that forever: it’s fine. delicate. tasty. healthy.

The prices are mild, too. 3 Dim Sums cost about 4-5 euros and the other plates such as noodles (lovely) cost between 7 and 12. Do try and make a reservation though. As I said, DAM SUM is so popular it might as well end up prom queen of the Chatelain.


Dam Sum – 11 Parvis de la Trinité, 1050 Bruxelles – T: +32 2 538 08 10 – Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12h to 22h (22h30 on Fri and Sat).