Never argue with a pregnant woman with a craving for yum cha. My dining companion ate here weekly throughout her gestation and declares The Regal to be Sydney’s most consistent and best yum cha venue.
If you’re new to yum cha, there’s a dim sum menu with photos. Staffing is strictly gendered; men in black jackets do drinks (only), women in ugly dresses do food, older poor men without jackets are only allowed to take plates away. Upsetting the order of things results in worse service; be polite but firm, don’t dilly-dally. Order barbecue from the table menu – the Roast Duck ($13) is crisp and delicious and arrives promptly.
Honey BBQ Pork ($12) tasted better than it looked.
My dining companion's young daughter enjoyed Sweet and Sour Pork ($5).
Beef Rice Rolls ($5) slipped down the throat with ease.
Szechuan Pork Spareribs ($6.50) were very intense, salty and fiercely peppered.
Steamed Garlic Prawn Dumplings ($5.80) are fragrant with fresh garlic shoots.
Deep Fried Rice Noodles ($5) come with two sauces, one is sesame based, the other dark sticky soy; add both and your palate dances - be warned, they are wickedly addictive.
Leave the fried stuff to last for a crunchy finale. Lacy Deep Fried Taro Dumplings ($5) have porky flavour but impress regardless.
Twenty dollars a head goes a fair way, and it’s hard to get stung so take a group and go wild. You will queue for a table, but militant efficiency makes it tolerable.
347-353 Sussex Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9261 8988