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“Fabulous dim sum” has helped earn this big basement in Paddington Basin a reputation as one of London’s top Cantonese spots. But marks have slipped this year across the board, perhaps because “the location has transformed from a wasteland to a happening destination, so service has suffered under the pressure”.
“Always excellent dim sum” tops the list of “genuine Cantonese food” at this big basement, tucked-away in Paddington Basin. Service is “brisk but attentive”, while “the room is loud enough to drown out any noise from the kids”.
A hotspot for dim sum – this big, dim-lit basement Chinese has an out-on-a-limb, Paddington Basin location, but is worth truffling out for its “top notch” cooking.
This “popular” Paddington Basin basement – with modern, opium den styling – has carved quite a name for its “unusual” dim sum, and other “high-quality” dishes; ratings are not what they were, though, and critics say it’s “no longer worth the trip”.
Pearl Liang Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very authentic food. We were there for a family lunch and could have done with a little more advice from the waiting staff as we were not entirely sure what we had ordered. On balanced everyone enjoyed it and appreciated the quality."
"Still one of the best chinese restaurants in London and great for dim sum. It's location in Paddington basin has transformed from a wasteland to a happening destination and service has suffered slightly under pressure."
Pearl Liang W2
Paddington Basin. The Final Frontier. Well, perhaps not quite. But you do feel as though you are boldly going where no one has been before, when you enter central(ish) London's last major bit of in-fill development. It's hard to find: the easiest way is to start at Paddington station's Heathrow platform, and to follow the signs to 'Marks & Spencer' (whose new HQ is the development's anchor tenant).
Once you're there, this canalside development is, in an Americanised kind of way, surprisingly attractive ' given that it's dominated by a flyover (the Westway). It helps that the landlords - no doubt with lavish incentives - have attracted a critical mass of restaurants, including an already-popular Japanese (Yakitoria), an airy gastropub (The Union), a soon-to-open fish specialist, and the Chinese restaurant we review today.
The rambling dining room occupies a lower level of the development. It's short on natural light, and the designers have run with a sort of opium-den chic. The overall effect is comfortable, even if the chair/table heights/depths don't quite work, and the acoustics are tricky. While we're on negatives, the service does not make up in efficiency what it lacks in charm.
The food, though, is a redeeming feature. Dim sum are a speciality (served lunch and dinner), and come at a prices reminiscent of Chinatown, and up to the same standards as the best operators there. Larger dishes - such as Peking Duck and steamed sea bass - were also realised to a superior standard. Puddings included an oddly satisfying, blue blancmange-y number. In fact, everything was consistently above par.
So, when you're next passing (just kidding) give the place a try. Or, if you're a real fan of Chinese cooking, you might even find it positively worth seeking out.
8 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6EZ
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all day noon - 11 pm
Last orders: 11 pm