Wellington's award-winning yum cha at Dragons
Included by Cuisine magazine in their top 100 New Zealand restaurants, experience yum cha and community at this family-run restaurant
Belle’s family set up Dragons in 2007 after moving to New Zealand and finding a lack of authentic Chinese restaurants in Wellington. “When my grandad came to Wellington, all he wanted was a place to go and drink tea. That’s a really big part of our culture, having somewhere to meet up and talk. He still comes into Dragons each day, 365 days a year, to sit at his special table and drink a cup of tea.”
Yum cha translates from Cantonese as ‘drink tea’, while Dragons, the name of the restaurant, means to get together, reflecting how the restaurant acts as a hub for the family, the Chinese community in Wellington and other Wellingtonians for whom yum cha is a regular part of life.
The community that Dragons has built through bringing authentic Cantonese food to Wellington is important for the family and for the wider community. The Wang family has always wanted Dragons to be accessible and to encourage a range of different people to come and try Cantonese food. At its core, yum cha is about people coming together and sharing food.
Dragons is easily the benchmark yum cha joint in Wellington (and there’s some good competition) but they pip their peers with quality and service.
Sean Golding, Cuisine magazine