Harden's survey result
“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.
“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!”
A Wong Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Having the great good fortune to work nearby, the exceptional lunchtime dim sum has become my go-to business treat when it can be justified. Imaginative, strikingly varied textures and flavours- wagyu tart with peas is especially stunning - leading to the legendary custard buns which justify Jay Rayner's enthusiasm."
|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|