Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Chinatown
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Chinatown restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 12 restaurants in Chinatown and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Chinatown restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Evelyn’s Table at The Blue Posts British, Modern restaurant in Chinatown 28 Rupert Street - W1D
“So much fun and such a pleasure” – “it’s a bit hard to find” (below a cocktail bar, in the cellar of the 275-year-old Blue Posts pub, in Chinatown), but this tiny, year-old sibling to The Palomar and The Barbary is well worth discovering. A “cosy and super-relaxed” 11-seater, with a couple of tiny tables; the food is Italian in inspiration but focused on prime UK ingredients, especially fish brought from Cornwall daily. “The cramped counter gives you a ringside view on some exceptional cooking with a priority on freshness and flavour”.
2. Baozi Inn Chinese, Dim sum restaurant in Chinatown 24 Romilly Street - W1D
“Spicy noodles and tasty bao make for a dependable staple for quick eats in Chinatown” at the original Newport Court branch of this growing chain: the brainchild of Wei Shao, who helped popularise Sichuan cuisine with Bar Shu back in the day. A Soho offshoot followed in 2018, and mid-August 2019 saw the launch of a new three-storey, 120-cover, flagship near Borough Market (and there’s also a stall in Market Halls Victoria). The exact offering varies from branch to branch but, in general, meals are “extremely satisfying and reasonably priced”.
3. Joy King Lau Chinese restaurant in Chinatown 3 Leicester St - WC2
“In a crowded Chinatown field”, this three-story Cantonese institution just off Leicester Square “is a dependable crowd-pleaser” with a “good price-to-quality ratio”: “the queues outside speak for its popularity”. Highlights from the “reliable menu” include “fab dim sum every time”, “yummy char sui” and “legendary soft shell crab”, all delivered by staff who “although rushed off their feet are generally smiley and friendly”. Top Tip – “the ground floor is a better experience than the higher floors”.
4. C&R Café Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown 3-4 Rupert Court - W1
“Cheap but very tasty Malaysian food” provides a “compelling reason” to choose this well-established fixture in a Chinatown alleyway. (Its former Bayswater sibling still has ‘C&R’ in the title, but is now separately run as a Japanese izakaya.)
5. Little Four Seasons Chinese restaurant in Chinatown 11 Gerrard Street - W1
“The service is passable and the ambience is poor” at this group in Chinatown and Bayswater – “but you only go for one thing: the barbecued/roast meat”, especially the “famous” and “perfect Cantonese roast duck and the char siu pork”. They might be “a bit too authentic these days”, but they’re still “hard to beat for Chinese food”.
8. Shu Xiangge Chinatown Chinese restaurant in Chinatown 10 Gerrard Street - W1D
2019 Review: If you crave authenticity and offal in equal portions, this new 2018 opening on Chinatown’s main drag (sibling to an existing operation in Holborn) looks like it may be the place for you. A traditional Sichuan hot-pot specialist, choose from over 80 ingredients – from assorted types of tripe, aorta and brain to wagyu beef and seafood.
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