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Summary

“Pretty, old Shanghainese décor” helps create this Holborn Chinese’s “relaxing”, rather “sophisticated” ambience (as do the listed surroundings of what was once St Giles Library); lunchtime dim sum is the main event here – “the very high quality and range is the real deal”.

£62
Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Perpetually dark”, in a moody sort of way, this Holborn Chinese is sometimes hailed as a “hidden gem” – it’s a “consistently good” lunchtime dim sum stop, and its jazz evenings can form the basis for a “perfect night out”.

£64
Very Good
Average
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Something seems to have gone awry at this once-admirable Holborn Chinese – formerly “cool” and “intriguing”, it now too often just appears “cavernous”, “pretentious” and “disappointing”.

£66
Average
Poor
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,
No
Yes
11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm
193-197 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD
Opening hours

lunch 11.30 pm - 3 pm, dinner 6 pm - 11.30 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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