Chinese Restaurants in London
1. Yming Chinese restaurant in Soho 35-36 Greek St - W1
“William (the maitre d’) always has a warm welcome” at this “long-term favourite”: a Soho “oasis” whose “calm and friendly” atmosphere (“without the feeling we need to rush and free the table”) provides a quiet-but-stark contrast with the frenzy of Chinatown a couple of blocks south. Foodwise “it attempts nothing new or extraordinary – just good Chinese cooking that’s always wholesome and satisfying”, with “decent wine at un-greedy prices”.
2. Uli Pan-Asian restaurant in Notting Hill 5 Ladbroke Road - W11
This “popular and unpretentious” Singaporean/pan-Asian near Notting Hill Gate has earned a very solid local following in its 23 years – boss Michael Lim “makes it special”. The original All Saints Road site closed down in 2015, but the venture was resurrected three years later in this “cool new setting”.
3. Kai Mayfair Chinese restaurant in Mayfair 65 South Audley St - W1
“If you want Chinese food at its best”, numerous reporters award top marks to Bernard Yeoh’s luxurious Mayfair fixture, which has held a Michelin star for over 10 years now, and which is unusual in boasting a heavyweight wine list featuring many of the world’s most famous vintages. Even those who say it’s “brilliant” acknowledge it’s decidedly “not cheap” however.
4. Mei Ume Japanese restaurant in City 10 Trinity Square - EC3N
Delectable Asian-fusion delicacies – combining dishes of both Chinese and Japanese inspiration – win nothing but bouquets for this palatial dining room in a City five-star hotel, near the Tower of London. On the downside, cynics say “it feels like a business hotel restaurant”, and one or two diners “expected more, considering the big-ticket prices”.
5. Barshu Chinese restaurant in Soho 28 Frith St - W1
“Spice heaven!” – this “old favourite” is “worth a detour north of Shaftesbury Avenue” to “experience genuinely interesting and mouth-popping Sichuan specials” – so “be brave when you order”. The food-writer, China expert and consultant “Fuchsia Dunlop’s touch makes it a regional Chinese diamond in the Chinatown rough”.
6. The Red Duck Chinese restaurant in Balham 1 Ramsden Road - SW12
Opened during Lockdown #3 in Balham, this Cantonese operation comes from an Alan Yau protege, Chi San. Operating initially as takeaway only, it hopes to open as a sit-in restaurant once lockdown restrictions are eased: 2th April for their terrace, 17th May for indoor dining. The menu is focused on Chinese classics, free from flavour enhancers or additives. Also, low intervention and organic wines.
7. A Wong Chinese restaurant in Victoria 70 Wilton Rd - SW1
“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.
8. Min Jiang, The Royal Garden Hotel Chinese restaurant in Kensington 2-24 Kensington High St - W8
“With such delightful views of Kensington Gardens, the food could so easily become secondary”, but the impressively glam 8th-floor of the “luxurious” Royal Garden Hotel has long been acknowledged as one of the capital’s best destinations thanks to its “consistently excellent” Chinese cuisine (“better than I had in Hong Kong!”). Its ratings came off the boil slightly this year however, amidst some unfamiliar accusations that “it’s going downhill and becoming very expensive”: “if this is the best Beijing Duck in town, then I’m the Emperor of China!”
9. House of Ho Vietnamese restaurant in Fitzrovia 1 Percy St - W1
2019 Review: Vietnam meets Japan at this “buzzy” outfit in an “attractive townhouse off Charlotte Street” in Fitzrovia. Chef Ian Pengelly’s “delicious and mostly authentic food” combines with “attentive service” for “a wonderful experience that’s hard not to enjoy”.
10. Duck Duck Goose Chinese restaurant in Lambeth 49 Brixton Station Road - SW9
2019 Review: “Amazing to see perfectly cooked Peking ducks and crispy pork belly coming out of a tiny shipping container!” – this “modern Chinese canteen” occupies one of the units at Pop Brixton, and the results are “super tasty!”
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