181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
Singapore 310181

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08:00am - 10:30pm

08:00am - 10:30pm

08:00am - 10:30pm

08:00am - 10:30pm

08:00am - 10:30pm

08:00am - 10:30pm

08:00am - 10:30pm

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Very unique and delicious. The pork was quite tender and juicy. One of my favorite dish!

Relaxing through the day with a dim sum buffet at Swatow, renowned for its Teochew cuisine. The experience had its hits and misses.

The braised pork belly stood out for its soft, tender, and fatty goodness. The chili crab meat was scarce, but its sauce paired well with mantou. Duck popiah and shark fin soup added a banquet touch. Mini lotus rice and paper-wrapped chicken are worth trying. The rice roll skin was thick, affecting the mouthfeel, but the sauce was redeeming. The egg tart was a miss, while desserts featured a fruit jelly drink, cakes, and surprisingly sweet macarons. The royal raisin ice cream was a rare find, resembling rum and raisin without the rum.

Despite the modest variety, the buffet left us feeling surprisingly full. Overall, it was satisfactory, with excellent service.

High-Tea Dim Sum Buffet (3pm - 5pm)
Weekday/Weekend & PH
Adult - $28.80++/$31.80++
Child - $18.80++/$21.80++
🚩Swatow Seafood, 181 Lor 4 Toa Payoh, 02-602, Singapore 310181
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Still one of my fav place to go for dimsum, old style comfort dimsum, nothing fancy but I always like the feel to choose my own dimsum from push cart.
Feature their limited dimsum item for this CNY , rabbit bao and siu mai with abalone
📍Swatow Seafood Restaurant.
181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #02-602.


Confirmed and chopped! Authentic push cart dim sum! Besides Red Star, this is the only other place with old style push cart service that I know of. And I have been looking for these on both sides of the border for some time now.

The dim sum still taste good after all these years. Not mind-blowing good but comfortably adhering to the taste you are used to and familiar with. The selection is somewhat limited and this is understandable due to manpower constraints. But they do have all the popular items like Siew Mai, Har Gao, Braised Chicken Feet, Steamed Pork Ribs, Char Siew Buns, Beancurd Skin Wraps, Chee Cheong Fun and Century Egg / Sliced Pork Porridge. Notably missing were Radish Cake and Lotus Leaf Wrapped Glutinous Rice. The one complain I have would be their rule for 90 mins service limit for each table, although I don’t really see them enforcing it.

Opens from 8am daily so yes, this is the one place in Singapore where you can enjoy a yum cha culture closest to that of Hong Kong. Call it nostalgia but the push cart system is a huge winner for me.

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Chee cheong fun with char siew was pretty average as well and it is really filling for 2 pax! Suggest to order this only if you are visiting Swatow in a bigger group or it really takes up your tummy space!

Swatow was around half-full when we visited at 9 am on a Sunday and there were still sufficient tables for 2! Nonetheless, the restaurant got pretty packed at around 10 am and we think it's best if you make a reservation if you are planning to head down in a bigger group!

This item was pretty lacklustre today - while the roll contained prawns, there was almost zero hint of mango! Furthermore, we thought Swatow went a little overboard with the sesame seeds and the sesame flavour was actually a little overpowering. We got this as it seemed like a pretty unique dim sum item, but it wasn't fantastic in our opinion. ☹️