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Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Consistently excellent dim sum”“very good for the price” as well – is the menu highlight at this “go-to” Cantonese destination in Paddington Basin. Despite its smart modern fit-out, however, the basement location can appear “noisy” and “soulless”.

Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Consistently excellent dim sum”“very good for the price” as well – is the menu highlight at this “go-to” Cantonese destination in Paddington Basin. Despite its smart modern fit-out, however, the basement location can appear “noisy” and “soulless”.

Summary

£48
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An “uninspiring location” – a Paddington Basin basement – has not held back this large and attractively decorated Cantonese: nowadays very well-established and “always very crowded”, especially at weekends, for its “amazing dim sum”, of a quality “really quite different to the majority of Chinese restaurants”. Top Tip: “lobster noodles also brilliant”.

Summary

£46
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fabulous dim sum” has helped earn this big basement in Paddington Basin a reputation as one of London’s top Cantonese spots. But marks have slipped this year across the board, perhaps because “the location has transformed from a wasteland to a happening destination, so service has suffered under the pressure”.

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Pearl Liang Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Pearl Liang Restaurant in W2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Pearl Liang restaurant.
J N
Always excellent food and surprisingly prof...
Reviewed 1 months, 5 days ago

"Always excellent food and surprisingly professional service - even for handling a wine and food dinner for a large group."

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Jin L
For this price range, it’s as very good. ...
Reviewed 1 months, 8 days ago

"For this price range, it’s as very good. The choice of dim sum at lunch is excellent. It’s all well prepared, fresh, and better than the Chinatown options. Service is friendly and efficient. And well priced. Definitely a firm favourite and well worth regular visits! "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £35.00

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£12.00 £3.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Harden's says...

Pearl Liang W2

Paddington Basin. The Final Frontier. Well, perhaps not quite. But you do feel as though you are boldly going where no one has been before, when you enter central(ish) London's last major bit of in-fill development. It's hard to find: the easiest way is to start at Paddington station's Heathrow platform, and to follow the signs to 'Marks & Spencer' (whose new HQ is the development's anchor tenant).


Once you're there, this canalside development is, in an Americanised kind of way, surprisingly attractive ' given that it's dominated by a flyover (the Westway). It helps that the landlords - no doubt with lavish incentives - have attracted a critical mass of restaurants, including an already-popular Japanese (Yakitoria), an airy gastropub (The Union), a soon-to-open fish specialist, and the Chinese restaurant we review today.


The rambling dining room occupies a lower level of the development. It's short on natural light, and the designers have run with a sort of opium-den chic. The overall effect is comfortable, even if the chair/table heights/depths don't quite work, and the acoustics are tricky. While we're on negatives, the service does not make up in efficiency what it lacks in charm.


The food, though, is a redeeming feature. Dim sum are a speciality (served lunch and dinner), and come at a prices reminiscent of Chinatown, and up to the same standards as the best operators there. Larger dishes - such as Peking Duck and steamed sea bass - were also realised to a superior standard. Puddings included an oddly satisfying, blue blancmange-y number. In fact, everything was consistently above par.


So, when you're next passing (just kidding) give the place a try. Or, if you're a real fan of Chinese cooking, you might even find it positively worth seeking out.


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8 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6EZ
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Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑11 pm

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