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DIM YUM

There are times when we all have the time in the world to enjoy a nice meal and others when we need a quick fix without compromising on quality. And because we are foodies, we also want our food to be full of flavour, made with good ingredients and maybe also a bit more adventurous than what we typically have. Well, I may have found this answer to this riddle: Dim Yum!

It had actually been a while since the last time I tried Asian food that got me excited in Brussels. That’s why when I received an invitation to try this newish spot in Flagey, I was really looking forward to it. As soon as my partner in crime and I arrived, we felt welcome and at ease. The space has interesting details, like the large colorful fresco on the wall and the exposed brick walls. It’s not necessarily the prettiest or most interesting place I’ve been in terms of design but it’s not supposed to be anyway. Here it’s all about the yummy dim sum!

Antoine, the man behind Dim Yum, talked to us about how he got to open his own restaurant. I don’t know if you feel the same way but I’m always keen to know more about the history of a place – it’s just so interesting to hear the different perspectives and experiences of people who essentially love the same thing – great food. But I digress! Antoine shared with us that he has always been passionate about the horeca world. While studying at Solvay Business School, he worked at restaurants and that’s how the idea of creating something of his own was born. In 2015 he travelled in Asia where he discovered local delicacies, including dim sum. The idea became a plan and Dim Yum opened its doors in Brussels a few years later.

The concept of Dim Yum is not about serving traditional dim sum but rather a modern version thereof. All dumplings are freshly made on site by hand from scratch, so it kind of feels as if you are guests at Antoine’s place. On the menu you’ll find different kinds of dumplings: pan-fried gyozas, steamed and juicy ones with a small amount of broth inside. Besides these little mouthfuls, there are also a few side dishes, like an Asian version of coleslaw, coconut curry soup and rice. We were lucky enough to taste a little bit of everything and we both agreed that there were certain stuff we liked (hello “The #1”, Dim Dam Dum and Twisty) and others we were less impressed with, like the sides. The good things is that with such reasonable prices and variety of flavours, you can order a few different things and find out which ones are your favourites. And to end on a sweet note, you can choose between ice mochis and sweet dim sum which are an interesting twist!

If you’re looking for a spot for a no-frills Asian meal around Flagey, do try Dim Yum and tell me what you think. I guess you already know the drill by now but if you’re new around here, feel free to send me a picture on Instagram with the #seemybrussels hashtag and share your experience with me!

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