Chinese Restaurants in London
. 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.
. 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!”
Chinese restaurant in Wandsworth
21-23 Tooting High Street - SW17
“Little wine bar and kitchen, with a great vibe in Tooting Market” – “a consistently delightful gem” with “regularly changing guest chefs” and “a fun and quirky wine list to accompany whatever’s on the menu”. (There’s a spin-off wine bar in a shipping container by Waterloo station.)
. China Tang, Dorchester Hotel
Chinese restaurant in Mayfair
53 Park Ln - W1
“Excellent, but expensive” – the late Sir David Tang’s stunning take on Art Deco-era Shanghai has always had vertiginous pricing, but its dependable cooking and “buzzy vibe” have silenced its sterner critics over the years, and the worst anyone has to say about it this year is that it’s “good but not spectacular”. Set in the basement of the Dorchester Hotel and newly refurbished in early 2019, arguably its best feature is its “wonderful cocktail list” and beguiling small bar.
. Royal China Club
Chinese restaurant in Marylebone
38-42 Baker St - W1
Some of the “best Chinese food in London” is on the menu at the Marylebone flagship of the Royal China group, including “fine quality” Cantonese classics and dim sum. It’s certainly “not cheap”, but a four-month refurb last year seems to have addressed the concerns expressed by reporters in previous years: marks for service and ambience are both up in the latest survey.
. Singapore Garden
Malaysian restaurant in Swiss Cottage
83a Fairfax Rd - NW6
“Consistently excellent food with friendly service” – all “at reasonable prices” – ensures that this cramped, pan-Asian veteran, tucked away in a parade of shops near Swiss Cottage, is “always busy”. Giles Coren of The Times claims to have eaten here more than a thousand times, drawn back by the Malaysian and Singaporean specialties.
. North China
Chinese restaurant in Acton
305 Uxbridge Rd - W3
Though its fans would differ, this “utterly reliable”, “family-run” stalwart (est 1976) is by no means “the best Chinese restaurant in London” or England! It is, however, an unusually high quality operation to find deep in the ’burbs of Acton and has a much wider following than you would expect of somewhere in this location. “The food is fresh and full of flavour” and service under owner/manager Lawrence Lou is very professional and warm.
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