It is slightly disconcerting as a mother to hear your 2-year-old son exclaim he “loves buns,” but I have to concur after visiting the recently opened Yum Bunz in West Midtown. And while dim sum is nothing new (it dates back over 2,000 years), I am confident that Yum Bunz will bring dim sum to more of the masses.
Many are uncomfortable navigating the more traditional dim sum restaurants near Buford Highway, or are freaked out by sub-par health rating scores of other delicious hole-in-the-wall dumpling shops. Yum Bunz, however, features a healthier take on dim sum, with all naturally-raised meats and locally-sourced veggies (when possible). And Bao, or steamed buns stuffed with deliciously seasoned meats and veggies, alongside the more familiar dumpling, offer the perfect meal for Little Foodies.
If there is one food that Big A will opine on, it is dim sum, and for her, the owners of Yum Bunz (from Miso Izakaya and The Real Chow Baby) hit a homerun. She downed the bao and dumplings like someone was going to steal them before she could finish. We ordered a 6-pack of these steamed, fluffy little guys to sample each flavor: Yellow Curry Chicken, Mongolian BBQ, Szechuan Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki, and the traditional Char Siu BBQ Pork. Not shockingly, all were a hit with My Little Foodies, as were our Pork & Chive and Vegetable Dumplings.
The sides, which can be ordered as a combo with bunz or dumplings, were extremely fresh. Little A focused most of his time on the crispy sweet and sour cucumber salad, as well as the chili sesame noodle salad (more peanut buttery than spicy), perfect for Little Foodies who enjoy flavor, but not too much heat.
A novel Dessert Bun of the Day, Peaches n’ Cream, topped off our dinner. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the peach cheesecake-like filling ended up being a real hit.
I’ve now put this dim sum joint at the top of my list for offering fresh, delicious dim sum (often already packed in take-out containers, which is nice if you have to make a quick run for it if your Little Foodies start acting up) with efficient service in a hip space in one of my favorite neighborhoods. Now if only Little A would stop telling everyone he loves buns!
Bunz-$1.59; $8.69-6 pack
Dumplings- $3.99-5 Piece; $6.29-8 Piece
Combos (2 Bunz or 5 Dumplings and a side)-$6.29
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
Chili Sesame Noodle Salad
935 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318