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July 2020: XU is being transformed temporarily into Call Suzy, a new Chinese takeaway and delivery service. Bao's other branches were morphed into Rice Error takeaways during lockdown.

survey result

Summary

£69
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£60
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”).

Summary

£60
  £££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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).

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £19.50
Pretheatre £19.50  

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.50 £21.00 £7.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
30 Rupert St, London, W1D 6DL
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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