RestaurantsLondonVictoriaSW1

survey result

Summary

£252
£££££
5
Exceptional
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Without a shadow of a doubt the very best Chinese restaurant in town” – Andrew Wong is “such a talent” and his “genius” cuisine inspires unending superlatives regarding his Pimlico HQ (previously run for decades by his parents as Kym’s). “Exceptional craft is on display” in the preparation of the “exquisite dim sum” and other “clearly Chinese dishes” (“none of your fusion nonsense here!”) and for some reporters it is “one of the most extraordinary culinary experiences ever”. But since the award of a second Michelin star (the first ever for a Chinese establishment) a meal here risks becoming “prohibitively expensive”, with minimum spends for lunch and tasting menus only in the evening. On most accounts it’s “worth it despite the high cost”, but the equation is more evenly balanced now, and the levels of service and ambience have struggled to keep up with the “hellish” bill. Even so, “there’s scarce table availability even with the extension into the outer terrace”.

Summary

£112
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A next-level culinary adventure” – Andrew Wong’s “unique interpretation” of his native cuisine “makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about Chinese cooking” and has elevated his relatively humble-looking establishment, near Victoria station, to a place of foodie pilgrimage. Run for decades by his parents (when it was called Kym’s), the premises have been transformed over the last 10 years by their LSE-graduate son, to become Michelin’s highest-rated Chinese restaurant outside China; and, “put very simply, there is no better Chinese restaurant in London”. (A move to a new site has been mooted over the years, with no final announcement as yet). The “exquisite” dishes display an “unexpected degree of artistry” – in particular “the Five Movements tasting menu is absolutely incredible”: “ruinously expensive but bizarrely feeling like exceptional value”. (“The grated foie gras with pork and wind-dried sausage was a full-on work of genius; as was the crab claw with tomato and wasabi, which truly looked nothing like the description, but was so moreish it’s untrue”). Somewhat more affordably, “the innovative Dim Sum is simply outstanding… if you can get in” (“the second star makes it even harder for long-time fans to book”). “And prices are up, up and away...but still it’s worth it for such astonishing food”.

Summary

£63
  £££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The second Michelin star was well deserved” at Andrew Wong’s Pimlico superstar – the survey’s No.1 Chinese, and, since January 2021, the first Chinese restaurant outside China to reach such a level. Success has come quickly – it doesn’t seem like yesterday (it was 2012) that he opened this comparatively simply decorated fixture on the site of his parents’ former restaurant, Kym’s (and he recently announced that the search is on for a new, grander home). With its “inspired” and “strikingly varied textures and flavours” (“stunning wagyu tart with peas…”, “featherlight dumplings…”, “legendary custard buns that justify Jay Rayner’s enthusiasm!”) the kitchen demonstrates “extraordinary ways of handling Chinese cuisine”; its output includes some “really interesting dishes from different regions in China”. And on the service front, “his friendly and professional team bring it all together with style and professionalism”. “A true gastronomic adventure!”

Summary

£59
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“He’s won my heart, and my taste buds…” – Andrew Wong’s Pimlico venture “a short walk from Victoria Station” is the survey’s No. 1 Chinese nowadays due to its “absolutely amazing”, “elevated cuisine, beautifully plated and full of flavour”. At lunch time, the attraction is “dim sum as you’ve never tasted it before”“mouthwatering and so delicate”, with special mention to the “incredible soup dumplings” – while at night there’s “a brilliant tasting menu, taking you on a whistle-stop tour of Chinese culinary delights”. “Happy” and “super-efficient” staff also rate special mention. “Plush the decor is not” – in fact the ground floor can seem “an oddly canteen-ish environment” – but, by contrast, the basement bar “has a beautiful ‘secret club’ feel to it”. See also Kym’s.

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A Wong Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of A Wong Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of A Wong restaurant.
Rebecca H
We tried about 16 dishes. scallop with cris...
Reviewed 5 months, 27 days ago

"We tried about 16 dishes. scallop with crispy pastry and iberico pork (millefeiulle ish) was really yummy, but honestly, everything else was just ok. Really disappointed. Prefer the Royal China, even with its terrible service, long queues etc - but the food there is brilliant."

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Keith E
Some dishes up there with the best I have n...
Reviewed 10 months, 12 days ago

"Some dishes up there with the best I have never had in HK etc."

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Geoffrey P
Exquisite but,, as they do have Michelin ac...
Reviewed 11 months, 26 days ago

"Exquisite but,, as they do have Michelin accolades, a tad fuller flavour might be nice. Pricey"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 200.00 Dinner only 10
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
70 Wilton Rd, London, SW1V 1DE
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑8:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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