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“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”.
“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”.
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”.
Shanghai Blues Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Sadly this place has gone down a lot. Some of the food is still top notch, but it can be poor, the service is patchy, and the prices getting silly."
"Great Sunday lunch deal - 50% off. Dim sum and main dishes didn't disappoint, much better than the average but no real fireworks. Service friendly but a little slow. Very pretty room."
193-197 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD
lunch 11.30 pm - 3 pm, dinner 6 pm - 11.30 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm