Chinese Restaurants in Westminster
1. Pizza Toscana Chinese restaurant in Westminster 45 Wardour Street - W1D
A Chinatown sibling for the famous Queensway Chinese.
2. Bun House Chinese restaurant in Westminster 26-27 Lisle Street - WC2H
“Recently moved from Soho to Chinatown into a new, bigger and better space” – Z He and Alex Peffly’s venture is a “#1 spot for a quick, cheap meal”: “buns are filled with authentic Chinese flavours and the dough is so soft it feels like you’re eating clouds!”. Meanwhile, back at the original Greek Street site, this husband-and-wife team have transformed their old premises into Wun’s, which opened in July 2019: see also.
3. Baozi Inn Chinese restaurant in Westminster 25 Newport Court - WC2H
“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”.
4. Red Farm Chinese restaurant in Westminster 9 Russell Street - WC2B
“Killer dim sum combinations make for an experience not to forget” at this three-storey canteen-style import from NYC in Covent Garden, famous on Instagram for its prawn dish that looks like the ghosts in Pac-Man. Even some fans, though, query “why is it so expensive? The food’s great and fun and adventurous, but simply too pricey!”
5. Fatt Pundit Indian restaurant in Westminster 77 Berwick Street - W1F
Hakka (Indo-Chinese cuisine) is centre-stage at this new Soho 60-seater, where its few early-days reviews are brimming with enthusiasm, particularly regarding the “excellent” food. You kick off with spicy ‘momo’ (Tibetan dumplings) and move onto the interesting selection of mains (dishes including crab, rabbit, venison…). There’s even a “sizzling brownie dessert to die for”.
6. Shanghai Modern Chinese restaurant in Westminster Central Cross, 12 Newport Place - WC2H
In Chinatown’s shiny, new, Central Cross development, this “functional but bright and clean” 150-seater opened in spring 2019, and early days feedback says it’s a good, modern addition to the area. “My wife and I know Shanghai food from both Hong Kong and Shanghai – this is good, with generous portions at good-value prices”. “Staff, despite being rushed off their feet, were pleasant and helpful, though few spoke English”.
7. Imperial Treasure Chinese restaurant in Westminster 9-10 Waterloo Place - SW1Y
“Everything about this place is wow!… including the breathtaking bill!” – This extremely swanky, late-2018 yearling occupies a “beautiful old banking hall, with butter-soft leather banquettes, and tasteful furniture” just off Pall Mall. It’s the first London branch of a Singaporean chain with branches throughout mainland China and Hong Kong as well as elsewhere in Asia. “Don’t forget to pre-order your £100 Peking duck with pancakes!”, which has become something of a cause célèbre in (generally unfavourable) newspaper reviews of its opening, although whether the result is “magnificent”, or “a tasteless rip off” at “obscene prices” is likewise debated by Harden’s reporters. Ultimately ratings here are dragged down by the vocal minority of critics, but supporters say “you wouldn’t complain about the prices if it were French”.
8. Feng Wei Shi Tang Chinese restaurant in Westminster 46 Gerrard St - W1D
The name above the door at 46 Gerrard Street translates to 'Food House' - it's not written in English anywhere (we've added a Google Maps screen shot of the front so you can find it!); they serve fiery Sichuan and Xi’an fare.
9. Wun's Chinese restaurant in Westminster 24 Greek Street - W1D
The Soho branch of Bun House changed to Wun’s in late July 2019 – too late for this year’s survey – and, still under the ownership of Z He and Alex Peffly, is now a ‘1960s-style tea room and late night bar’. Set across two floors in Soho, it aims to mimic the communal, open-air cafes and restaurants in Hong Kong known as ‘dai pai dong’.
10. Ma La Sichuan Chinese restaurant in Westminster 37 Monck Street - SW1P
2018 Review: “The level and authenticity of the spicy Sichuanese cooking are entirely unexpected” (and “you can have the degree of spice and heat altered to taste”) at this Westminster venture, which serves an array of “unusual, non-routine dishes, not usually found in Chinese restaurants”. Notwithstanding the “rather bland” decor and “unlikely location”, reports say it “deserves more recognition”.
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