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If you visit BamBamBoo expecting an authentic dim-sum experience, you’re going to be surprised. While the casual restaurant focuses on traditional Cantonese gems – dumplings, barbecued meat, noodles and tea – it brings the trolley-cart system into the digital age.

Head to one of the ordering stations and place your requests via an iPad. A receipt is printed which you then take to the counter to pay.

If you’ve given your mobile number, you’ll receive a text letting you know the food is ready to pick up from the counter. Otherwise keep watch on one of the three screens for your order number.

The food covers many bases. There’s fried and steamed dumplings; rice and wheat noodles; and filling prawn and pork parcels. Sticky, sweet, sour and spicy, all the flavours you expect hit home. The tea range includes jasmine, oolong and tie guan yin and there’s a short but decent list for over-18s with basic wines, cider and beer.

The cheap and cheerful Chinese (helpful staff, quick service and well-priced portions) format means groups are drawn to this laid-back restaurant, especially families. Lunch specials are popular, so arrive early.

The deceivingly large space is dressed simply, but a wall of graphic art provides wow factor. The outside installation, Rapture, by artist Nike Savvas, is a marvel.

Updated: March 13th, 2018

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