Harden's survey result
“It’s hard to get a table, but persevere, you’re in for some of the best Chinese cooking in town” at Andrew Wong’s Pimlico HQ, which “doesn’t look very distinguished, but once the food starts coming, you know you’re somewhere special”. “Incredible dim sum offers lots of choice and unusual combinations” and – like the “amazing” evening tasting menu – delivers “a taste explosion with every dish”. And while the “mind-blowing” cuisine seems “different and contemporary, it still feels authentic in terms of its flavours”. “Upstairs feels a bit canteen-like” (and is “noisy and clattery”) – you can also eat “in the tucked-away little bar downstairs”. As of September 2018, he has also opened a new spin-off City outlet within the Bloomberg HQ (see Kym’s).
“Andrew Wong is a magician!” – and his “new-school Chinese” in Pimlico provides not only some of “the most exhilarating food in London”, but also, contrary to cultural stereotypes, the service here is “exceptionally graceful and helpful”. The setting is “lively” (if “crowded”) too, and in the evening, there’s also the option of a small Chef’s Table, or eating in the “decadent” ‘Forbidden City’ basement bar. There’s a wide range of eating options too, from “incredibly inventive dim sum”, to a “fabulous 10-course tasting menu”.
“Breathtakingly skilful” dim sum – “a very exciting and intriguing mix of the traditional and innovative” – win huge esteem for Andrew Wong’s “jammed-to-the-rafters” Pimlico canteen. “It’s great to eat Chinese with such friendly staff” too. Top menu tip – “duck egg custard buns TO DIE FOR!”
“Beats Chinatown any day!”; “stunningly good” cooking (not least “fabulous dim sum”) and “helpful, non-hassling” service have helped win a huge fan club for this canteen-style Chinese two-year-old – “part of Pimlico’s improving food scene”.
A Wong Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Westernised versions of Chinese food for those who like "posh" but not real regional Chinese; little excitement about flavours; over-hyped and over-priced."
"excellence maintained despite pressing popularity and move to a second site, wonderful cooking, really warm and professional service"
"wow, wow, wow! My new favourite Chinese restaurant."
"One of the 2 best Chinese meals I've ever had. Slightly odd location lost a little round the back of Victoria, but superb food, lovely staff and great seats at the bar looking into the kitchen. The spare rib started melted, the sweet and sour chicken with "popcorn" inserts was tremendous and dim sum so far away from the sloppy rubbish you usually get. Terrific."
"The open kitchen, with Andrew Wong at the pass calmly checking every single plate, was just about the quietest place in the restaurant, something we’ve remarked on before in popular restaurants in London. While the dining room had the feel of a typical, traditional Chinese restaurant, the food was anything but, as we discovered on valiantly, and successfully, making our way through what amounted to a 15-course Taste of China experience, a memorable culinary trip round the country with surprises galore and the sequence of dishes properly balanced and served at the perfect pace for our appetites. Cured scallop and stuffed crab with wasabi in a sort of “scotch egg” was the first of a pairing along with honey barbecued pork, grated foie gras adding to the many different taste explosions. A dim sum duo from the restaurant’s specialities, both with a slight chilli kick preceded a “street food” dish, the chilli sauce and Szechuan pepper matching the coriander tofu and backed up with peanuts and preserved vegetables. Brilliant steamed pork dumplings with pickled tapioca, ginger vinegar and spring onion were followed by a delicious Peking duck wrap enhanced with caviar and hints of foie gras which led us into fermented wild sea bass with super crunchy skin perched on a smoked duck and fried kale “birds nest” with cod’s roe. A sort of mid-menu palate cleanser of Chinese broccoli discs, braised abalone, and shiitake mushrooms introduced the meat dishes, the first of which came in the form of a pulled lamb burger (bao bun) with a pomegranate salad providing a striking burst of freshness, and the next, genuine Japanese seared wagyu with lardy, “magic” (oyster) mushrooms, crispy ultrafine noodles, mint and lemongrass gave us an amazing demonstration of chef’s skill. And it didn’t end there - we had soy chicken in a caviar wrap and made to a millennial soy recipe with ginger oil exhibiting an almost sweet side and a second chicken dish with an intriguing mild, sweet and spicy sauce. Coconut water ice with black fruit and creamy yogurt was the ideal palate cleanser before the two desserts, a poached meringue looking like an egg with a passion fruit yolk and pomelo and a sugar crisp, and the finale of mandarin sorbet with ginger, raspberry, and white and plain chocolate. Altogether an excellent evening with first-class cuisine, although we did ask ourselves whether bowls rather than plates would have made our inexpert handling of chopsticks any more successful, but we generally managed, at a rather slower tempo than some of the other diners, and came away unscathed. The service was absolutely top-class and it was a pity that the ambient noise level made it virtually impossible, on occasion, to understand everything in the very detailed explanations of the dishes."
"Great inventive, fun and delicious food"
"Excellent and cheaper than expected."
|Wine per bottle||£36.00|
70 Wilton Rd, London, SW1V 1DE
|Monday||5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|