Dim sum in Perth, sadly, tends to be a bit on the sad side in my opinion. For so many years we all accepted the reality that most Chinese restaurants (particularly those in Northbridge) had the same suppliers of their dumplings. Siu mai at one store tasted the same at another down the road. The variety of steamed and fried goods at one was basically the same as the others. Then Authentic Bites opened – and in opinion, they changed the game.
Handmade, delicious morsels of goodness that begged to be eaten. I became obsessed. I loved every bite, every waft of aroma and every moment devouring what was a staple in my childhood days.
Finding new dumpling houses to add into my rotation are definitely something I’m interested in. But often they miss the mark. So hearing about Canton Lane in Belmont from a girlfriend, I was intrigued – and soon enough I found myself heading down with a group in tow to try it out for myself. The referral was a strong one, and my mouth was watering in anticipation as I stalked snaps on Instagram. Get in my belly.
It was a rainy day outside, and the doors to the restaurant were opened at 10am – with us eagerly spilling inside moments later. Within an hour the joint was completely full (and it’s a pretty big size), with hoards of people waiting patiently outside for an available table.
Like most dim sum places, the staff push about carts laden with dishes to choose from – and there’s also a menu for custom orders.
With hunger dictating our need to eat, we quickly started picking items to eat as they floated on past us. Bottomless complimentary Chinese tea accompanied.
With five of us there, it meant we could select a decent amount of dishes to try. From baked char siu buns, to spare ribs, to prawn and chive dumplings. It was all good. And I mean it.
Every dish was flavoursome, clearly freshly made and bursting with impact. The most memorable – the chicken pies with their lard injected shortcrust pastry (insert drool here) and the prawn and spinach dumplings.
At only $17 a head, we left Canton Lane about an hour after we started eating – and we were full! While I didn’t get to try the custard buns (or durian puffs which I’ve heard are divine), I know I’m going to head back soon.
I still love Authentic Bites, but the range here definitely makes it a strong contender. We barely dented the menu on offer – and that excites me knowing I can return to eat my way through more new dishes and creative flavour combinations. Chopsticks at the ready, Canton Lane I’m coming back for you!