Where to start? Dam Sum is our latest restaurant crush and honestly – you need to give it a try. Fast, fresh, funky dim sums all served in the heart of Ixelles (a commune in Brussels) close to Place Chatelaine.
The story so far
Dam Sum opened in September 2015 and has been serving fresh dim sums with locally sourced meat, fresh vegetables ever since. Although there are quite a few Asian restaurants in Brussels, the restaurant scene was missing a dim sum only restaurant and trust us, Dam Sum makes up for it heaps.
Located on the corner of the round about around Eglise de la Trinite in Ixelles (not far from another favorite of ours, ChezWaWa), Dam Sum is colorful, is young, is busy. The restaurant is gravitating around an open dim sum station where speedy and precise cooks prepare little morsels of pure Chinese goodness. The rest of the restaurant is sort of street style indoor – red and black dominate, with the classic Chinese lampions hanging all around the restaurant walls and a generous street side terrace allowing diners to view the world go by (and the trams).
Here we come to the best bit! Dam Sum serves a around 10 different dim sums – steamed or fried, with wrappers made from a light “hot dough,” meat or fish or vegetable and the ultimate signature dish of Malaysian Chinese Chef, the Xiao Long Bao – a miraculously soup-filled steamed dumpling. How that is even possible is beyond me … but you need to give it a try. Extra tip: first take a bite, suck the soup and then eat the rest. You’ll thank me later 🙂
On our (bloggers) visit we tried a variety of dim sums and we are longing to go back and try some more. On our FB page some of you also recommended the crispy lemon chicken so that also made it on top of our list to try when we go back. After the dim sum feast, we closed our dinner with the new dessert addition – the coconut ice cream bun. De-li-cious. Granted we shared the buns between 2 in the spirit of blogginess … but next time I’ll pull a Joey. Yes, it was that good!
Service with a smile
Yes, although speedy and to the point. More street-style efficiency than restaurant service. Granted we were also there on a Wednesday which made the restaurant extra busy due to the Place Chatelaine market … but given the quality, the speed and price of the food I am pretty sure it must be like this almost every night. Kudos to the staff for keeping up their smile and pace with so many hungry diners!
I have no idea why it took us so long to go to Dam Sum. Seems the secret is out on Dam Sum as a truly fantastic place, serving delicious food at reasonable prices. It also delivers which is an added bonus for the rainy evenings ahead … (if new to Deliveroo, use ‘onfoodandwine’ code for a small discount)
I would like to extend our thanks to Dam Sum for inviting us to review their restaurant and organizing this amazing meal and to their staff for hosting us and dealing with our endless questions and cameras with grace.
Disclaimer: as always, all opinions written are our own.
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