Yu and You, Copster Green “An unremarkable building on the A59 between Preston and Clitheroe houses this remarkable Chinese-inspired restaurant”, where the food – “a westernised style” of Cantonese cuisine “like no other” – is “not heavy or greasy”, with “higher quality ingredients than you’ll find in many Chinatown based operations”. Service is “impeccable” too, and even if “the […]

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Hakkasan Mayfair W1 Chinese New Year Menu: £88 pp (available now) “Fast paced, seductive, club-like” – these “wonderfully vibey” operations may be “so busy and very noisy” but have founded a global brand on the strength of their “feel-good” ambience and “brilliantly executed Chinese/pan-Asian cuisine”. However, even some fans concede that they can also seem […]

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Nicholas Lander in The Financial Times reviews Kai Mayfair, Grand Imperial at Charing Cross Hotel and Four Seasons on Chinatown’s Gerard Street, in anticipation of Chinese New Year (the Year of the Dog begins on 16 February)… “The long-established Kai Mayfair has a menu that is well attuned to wealthy clientele. While the high prices could, I suppose, […]

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The Shard’s Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong, which offers “exceptional vistas from the 33rd floor” welcomes new head chef Fei Wang. Originally from Chengdu – the capital of China’s Sichuan province – he introduces a refined and contemporary take on authentic dishes. Offering a different approach to most Cantonese-inspired Chinese menus in London, Hutong serves food from […]

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London offers such a wealth of dining that you probably wouldn’t be able to visit every single restaurant in your lifetime. The attempt would certainly be a noble pursuit, but also a bankruptcy-inducing one (unless you have Mariana Trench-deep pockets). So we’ve rounded-up a more manageable goal – the top 25 dishes to try at […]

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Modern Chinese restaurant Shikumen is to open its fourth branch in late April, in the new Dorsett City Hotel next to Aldgate station. Since making made its debut at the Dorsett Hotel in Shepherd’s Bush, Chinese-owned Shikumen followed up with branches in Ealing and Finchley – so the new venue will be its first in central London. […]

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A nightclub entrepreneur aims to remix Chinese dining with Mans Market, a new speakeasy-style venue in Leeds that opened this month. Ray Chan, who grew up in a Chinese takeaway in the Leeds suburb Horsforth, founded the Candypants nightlife events outfit. Mans Market is his first foray into the food sector, and he promises a […]

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Hong Kong-inspired restaurant, Cha Chaan Teng, opens next month just of Lincoln’s Inn Fields with a 50% off food soft launch offer. Tables will be available for lunch and dinner everyday from Monday 8 August until Wednesday 31 August. The soft launch offer is available only through email bookings via 50@chachaantenguk.com. Cha Chaan Teng is inspired by […]

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The celebration of Chinese New Year and the dawning of the Year of the Monkey is just around the corner. This year the movable lunar festival begins on Monday 8 February, although festivities in London (the biggest outside of China) will start in earnest on Valentine’s Day. If you’re planning to welcome the Year of […]

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Bringing a bit of ’80s kitsch to Islington – as well as a taste of mainland China – is a new all-day dining room, Chinese Laundry. Designed to look like an average Chinese home (from the era of leg-warmers and Walkmans), the restaurant serves traditional cuisine and an exotic cocktail list with white spirits (baijiu). On the […]

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