Harden's survey result
“Silky-fine cheung fun, filled with sweet fresh prawns”… “dumplings wrapped in translucent skins”… “delicious venison puffs”… – “you can’t go back to Chinatown dim sum after a trip” to one of these “hip and happening”, Chinese-inspired haunts, whose “addictive bites keep reeling you in”. The “flash” Soho original, created by Alan Yau, “still feels fresh after all these years” – with its moody basement and lighter ground floor – while the Broadgate spin-off is much larger in scale, more conventionally glam, and with a big cocktail terrace overlooking Broadgate Circle. Any drawbacks? Service is “efficient” but “sometimes brusque”. Top Tips – Soho also serves tea, and has a line in “gorgeous, elegant patisserie”; EC2 does “exceptional-value weekend lunches”.
“Dim sum are top class – beautifully presented and all of them delicious” – at this slick, “fun” and hugely popular Chinese-inspired duo (originally created by Hakkasan and Wagamama founder, Alan Yau), whose stylish looks are “verging on bling, but well done”. Both branches score highly, although the well-established Soho original still has the edge over the relatively new Broadgate Circle branch. “Great cocktails” too – “their tea is also exquisite”. Top Tip: cool terrace in EC2.
“Fabulously tasty dim sum with a modern twist” and “slick” styling fuel the fun at this incredibly popular and vibey, Chinese-fusion duo, with the more moody Soho original still outscoring its big and “bright” Broadgate Circle spin-off. Service is the weakest link – it can be “somewhat haphazard”.
“A happy combo of exquisite dim sum and glamorous settings” creates massive popularity for these “staple” but still “on-trend” pan-Asians. Fans of the Soho original dispute the virtues of the basement (“dark” and “clubby”) and the ground floor (“lovely openness”), while the “bright and light branch above Broadgate Circle” is proving “a great addition to the CIty”.
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