Harden's survey result
“Sublime, very different, Taiwanese cuisine” delivering “flavourful and stylish” dishes in a “super-cool setting” (evoking a 1930s tea parlour) makes this “tiny but beautiful” two-year-old on the edge of Chinatown many reporters’ “new favourite place for Chinese-style food”. Owned by the people behind Bao, its “subtly flavoured delights” include “brilliant tea-based cocktails” and a “lovely selection of the teas themselves”.
From the team and backers behind the brilliant Bao, this “stylishly fitted-out” yearling “is a happy surprise on the edge of Chinatown”, and has been smashing it since day one. “The beautiful interior gives a real air of opulence akin to 1930s, Art Deco-style, Taiwanese tea parlours in days gone by” (complete with Mahjong table); and the “excellent (Taiwanese) food, is very different to other restaurants serving ‘Chinese’ food” (“not every dish is a bullseye, but most are delicious and all interesting”). Top Menu Tip: shou pa chicken (“the chickeniest chicken ever”).
Backed by JKS Restaurants and the brains behind the hugely successful Bao chain; an elegant, wood-panelled, two-floor café serving traditional Taiwanese cooking and teas. Xu (named for co-founder and chef Erchen Chang’s late grandfather) opened in Chinatown in early summer 2017 (too late for survey feedback).
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
30 Rupert St, London, W1D 6DL
|Monday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑10 pm|