BAO London (Fitzrovia)

Bao London opened their second branch in Fitzrovia this year, which is larger and more spacious than their Soho branch. It has a tapas bar layout but with BAO style design, which is simple like their first branch.

The menu is different to the Soho branch with the classic bao being the only item that both branches serve.

BAO Fitzrovia

Raw Langoustine, Dulse, Aged Soy, Oyster Leaf (£4 3/4) had a refreshing flavour. But it did have a strong fishy taste and not to every one liking.

BAO Fitzrovia

Beef Cheek & Tendon Nuggets (£4) is served with a spicy sauce. The tendon gives the nuggets a mixture of textures – where the beef cheek has the creamy soft texture and the tender has a jelly texture.

BAO Fitzrovia

Duck Hearts, Chilli Garlic Sauce (£5.50) was surprisingly to be my favourite dish. I love the tender texture of the duck heart and all the flavours worked well. The sauce is not as spicy as I thought and only has a slight kick.

BAO Fitzrovia

Fried Chicken Chop (£5.50) is served with a raw egg yolk and hot sauce. I requested the hot sauce separately as it was spicy for me. The chicken was moist and succulent in a crispy coating.

BAO Fitzrovia

Sanbei Octopus (£6) comes in a fairly spicy sauce which was tangy and vinaigrette. The octopus is more on the chewy side than tender. It came served with fat that is deep-fried and topped with fragrant Thai basil.

BAO Fitzrovia

Classic Bao (£4) is made up of braised pork, ferments, coriander and peanut. This is the same bao found in the Soho branch. The bun never fail at BAO, which is fluffy and soft.

BAO Fitzrovia

Cod Black (£5) is made up of fried cod, ng sauce and hot sauce. Again I asked for the hot sauce to be served separately. This bao is definitely a recommendation to order. As well as the duck hearts this was has to be the other favourite dish at BAO. The fish is deep-fried in a black battered and under this you will find moist cod meat.

BAO Fitzrovia

Beef shortrib, Marro, Eryngii (£3.40) comes with the soy cured egg yolk. The sauce is served separately and Wai Ting (one of the co-founder) explained to us to eat this dish, you pour the sauce over the rice and mix every thing together.

BAO Fitzrovia

At their Fitzrovia branch they do not serve their bao ice cream. Instead they do two milkshake which uses Gelupo ice cream. We tried the chocolate and rice milkshake which tasted like chocolate milkshake. Personally I felt for £5 it was expensive and I would rather pay for their bao ice cream.

It is not cheap to eat at BAO London. For two people we spent about £26 each including service charge.

(Not Sponsored. Prices and Menu correct at the time of dining)

BAO London (Fitzrovia branch)
31 Windmill Street,
Fitzrovia
London,
W1T 2JN

http://baolondon.com

Cha Chaan Teng

Cha Chaan Teng is a modern Chinese restaurant located in High Holborn. The concept take inspiration from Hong Kong cha chan teng (cafes) to bring a British take to Chinese cuisines.

Cha Chaan Teng

The restaurant is located downstairs which has a 1960s upmarket feel with a modern trendy touch.

Cha Chaan Teng

The food at Cha Chaan Teng is made for sharing, although there are some dishes where you could have by yourself.

We started our meal with some of Cha Chaan Teng’s appetisers and one of these was the Layered lemongrass chicken skewers (£5.50) served with almond and cashew sauce. I found the chicken was dry on the outside and there was not enough sauce for the three skewers.

Cha Chaan Teng

BBQ hoisin and Coca Cola ribs (£6.80) had a sweet flavour. The ribs were tender that easily came off the bone.

Cha Chaan Teng

Lobster prawn toast (£11) is served with wasabi mayonnaise and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I liked how they serve the lobster prawn as a whole on the toast, similar to the one I have had in Hong Kong. The portion of each toast was slightly on a small side and pricey for £11. I felt the prawn toast did not have much taste but was balanced out by the wasabi mayonnaise to give it flavour.

Cha Chaan Teng

Spring onion & kale pancake (£4.50) served with a black vinegar dipping sauce, looked and tasted like par jeon (Korean pancake). May be this was their take of a Chinese spring onion pancake which unfortunately did not have that texture or taste. The dish itself was okay but it was where did it fit in to the concept made us question.

Cha Chaan Teng

Cha Chaan Teng offers a selection of macaroni soup on the menu. If you are wondering what this is, it is a common dish you will find in Hong Kong’s cha chan teng (cafes). It is usually what is an option for breakfast in Hong Kong. The dish is made of macaroni pasta and traditionally served in a chicken soup stock, although you can find it in a tomato broth. The topping can vary these days but is typically with ham.

At Cha Chaan Teng, we tried their Crispy coconut spam, pork & prawn wonton (£9.20). I felt the spam was too dry and could not see or taste any coconut. The pork & prawn wonton had no texture in the filling and the question about where was the prawn. It definitely was not the tradition pork and prawn wonton you will get at a typical Chinese restaurant.

The broth of the macaroni soup used their version of a hot & sour soup. For me it did not work for me and I would had just prefer a good quality chicken soup broth.

Cha Chaan Teng

For mains we tried the Crispy duck leg (£14) served with French toast in an orange maple syrup. The duck was crispy outside and succulent inside where the meat easily fells off the bone. The orange maple syrup had a hint of orange flavour which did not overpower the French toast and duck. I thought this was creative idea of a Chinese concept of a duck and waffle, but instead using duck and French toast.

Cha Chaan Teng

Sweet & sour pork shoulder with crunchy five spice crackling (£12.50) was not bad in taste, although on our first visit the pineapples, peppers and onions was slightly burnt. The crackling was really good which were crunchy but you could bite in like corn crisp. It gave it some texture as the chef had opted to use tender pork shoulder instead of deep-frying the meat.

Cha Chaan Teng

Chilli tiger prawns & lobster claws served with mantou (£44) was one of the most expensive dish on the menu. Whether it is worth £44 is a question and my answer would be no, even if it was lobster claws and huge king prawns.

This has taken the inspiration of one of Singaporean iconic dish, chilli crab. It was not the exact thing but it tasted similar. The presentation of this dish does need some working as I am not sure you would say it is pretty.

Cha Chaan Teng

The mantou were mini steam bun which would had been better if they were deep-fried mantou just like in Singapore. Being mini, there was not enough mantou to wipe clean the sauce.

It was a messy dish to eat which you expect from seafood with their shells. But we expected there would be wet wipes or a bowl of water with fresh sliced lemon to wash our hands. We did have a problem with eating some of the lobster claws as the shell was not cracked open and there was no lobster cracker available.

In my view I would had been happy to just have king prawn which is much easier to peel and eat. The meat was better than the crab being juicy and went well with the sauce.

Cha Chaan Teng

Whole crispy sea beam with sha cha sauce (£18) was one of my favorite dish on their menu. The fish was cooked just right and the presentation of this dish was pretty. The only criticism is the strong flavour of the lambs lettuce which I did not feel it goes well with the fish.

Cha Chaan Teng

Whole poached free range corn-fed chicken (£28) is served with ginger and spring onion in a spicy Sichuan sauce. This was a cold dish and not as spicy as it looked. The chicken was cooked just right with succulent meat.

Cha Chaan Teng

There are a range of sides that includes salads, vegetables and rice which can be order to go with the mains.

We tried their Smashed cucumber & heritage tomato salad with sesame dressing (£4.50). This was a refreshing salad and the dressing gave it that oriental flavour.

Salted duck egg XO fried rice (£5.80) was nicely cooked. I could taste the XO sauce but as I do love my Asian root, I would had like taste the salted duck egg.

Cha Chaan Teng

Desserts was the one part of my meal I was looking forward to, but unfortunately we were told there was no Dan Zei red velvet waffle cone as the waffle machine was broken. That was a shame as it had been some thing I was looking forward.

Instead I tried their other desserts on the menu. Pandan raspberry ripple Artic roll (£5) was similar to the original Artic roll but with a twist. The texture of the sponge cake was dense but that is how you would expect from a cake that has comes straight out from the freezer. The flavour of panda was very light and hardly noticeable. I would had prefer to taste a stronger pandan fragrant.

Cha Chaan Teng

Coconut vanilla Panna cotta (£4.80) texture felt odd, it was not one I relate to for a panna cotta. It was like it lack gelatine, but later I found out why. It was because they had used alternative ingredients so the dessert would suit vegans.

Cha Chaan Teng

Hedgehog cinnamon doughnut bun (£5) is filled with an egg yolk which was not oozing at all. The egg yolk was like a jelly yolk instead of the cream centre. However, the bun was beautifully fried with a crispy bun outside and a soft bun inside. The Hedgehog was missing some eyes so maybe they could had consider sticking two black sesame seeds for the eyes.

Cha Chaan Teng

Cha Chaan Teng also offers a selection of bao buns and crusty rolls. The size is smaller than a usual sandwich. If you considering this for lunch than I would expect you would need at least two of these.

Cha Chaan Teng

I tried the Crispy spam and fried quail egg crusty tiger roll (£4.80) which was served with Sriracha chilli, sesame carrot, coriander pickle and coconut crunch.

Cha Chaan Teng

As well as the main dining area, Cha Chaan Teng also has a bar area where you can enjoy their range of cocktails such as Lychee Cobbler, MSG, Kowloon Typhoon etc.

Cha Chaan Teng

The bar offers a selection of bar snacks which can be enjoyed both at the bar and the main restaurant. There are some dishes on the bar snacks menu that is not on the a la carte, so do have a look to see if any thing takes your fancy.

From the bar snacks menu we tried the Popcorn chilli beef (£7.50) served with black vinegar sweet and sour dipping sauce. This was a nice inspiration of popcorn chicken and deep-fried shredded beef. The popcorn chilli beef was not that spicy and it had a chewy texture.

Cha Chaan Teng

Peanut butter French toast (£3) served with condensed milk was indulgent dish. When made right this was a good dish. We had it as a dessert but it is not necessarily a dessert dish. Food does not really need to go by rules!

Cha Chaan Teng

Overall the food was not perfect and I definitely did not expect it, being it was their soft opening period when I visited. There are things that they do need improving and I indeed look forward to see these improvement if I ever get the opportunity to revisit.

Cha Chaan Teng

Hong Kong Cha Chan Teng (cafes) is usually considered to be a cheap and affordable place to dine in Hong Kong. But Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn can be expensive and you looking around £30 per person. It is definitely not the cha chan teng (cafes) where you want to get a quick lunch or dinner. It’s the place to enjoy the food and atmospheres with your guests.

Cha Chaan Teng

(Not Sponsored. Prices and Menu correct at the time of dining)

Cha Chaan Teng
36-38 Kingsway,
Holborn,
WC2B 5BX,
UK

http://www.chachaantenguk.co.uk

BAO (Soho)

BAO is popular in London for serving Tawainese style bao and they have a store in Soho which is near to Carnaby street. Being popular, there is no surprise that you will need to prepare to queue for a seat at BAO.

BAO

When you finally do get a seat, you would place your order by filling in a order form and hand it to one of the staff. The menu is broken in to three section – small plates, bao and sides.

BAO

The drinks are on a separate menu and there are a selection of hot or cold oolong tea. I ordered the Ming Yue BaoZhong which is a hot, light and fresh in flavour. Each hot oolong tea is served in a small clay teapot.

BAO

When you visit BAO you have to order at least one of their bao which is what has made them popular. There is different fillings to select including Fried Horlicks ice cream. Instead of steam bao it is deep fried bao with Horlicks ice cream. It was some thing I wanted to try, unfortunately not the day I visit. That was a shame as I’m not sure when I will give myself a good excuse to queue again to try one. Oh well!

Between me and a friend we tried two different one. Each one, the bao was soft and fluffy, which was better than the one I had at Little Bao.

The Classic Bao (£3.75) consist of braised pork with fermented greens and peanut powder.

BAO

Confit pork bao (£4.50) consist of pork belly with a hot pork sauce and dried shallots.

BAO

Eating bao can get a bit messy but don’t freak because you will get wet tissue to wipe your hands.

BAO

From the side we tried the turnip tops with salted egg (£2.50).

BAO

We also tried a few of the small plates including Tawainese Fried Chicken with hot sauce (£5)

BAO

One of my favourite on the menu is their Scallops with yellow bean sauce (£3.50).

BAO

Guinea Fowl Chi Shiang rice (£5.25) comes served in a small bowl which make it great size as a small plate. You can consider having one of these rice bowl and a bao, instead of muching yourself through lots of bao to get full and have your money draining away quicker.

BAO

Aged Beef Rump Cap (£6) served with aged white soy sauce.

BAO

Bao is a small place which is no surprise that you need to queue. It defintely not suitable for large groups here but a place to consider for one or two people.

BAO

(This was not sponsored. Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)

Bao
53 Lexington Street,
Soho,
W1F 9AS
UK

http://www.baolondon.com

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry is a restaurant in Islington, which serve Northern Mainland Chinese food. It is small shop so I do advice to make a reservation to avoid disappointment travelling all the way to Islington and having to wait. I was glad that we had booked in advance as it was busy on Saturday evening and we had around 12 people for dinner.

Chinese Laundry

The decoration from walls to the ornaments, has been designed to give a feeling of a 80s Chinese family living room. They even had the large water flask with the printed flowery design, which reminded me of those old days where my grandparents would add hot water in one of these flask to keep warm.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry did give a kind of atmosphere that we have gone back in time, sitting at home with the family having dinner. Instead, that evening I was sitting with friends having a 80s inspired feast.

Chinese Laundry

The menu is simple and all on one A4 page, with a separate menu for Chinese Laundry mix of cocktails and mocktails. There was also house special which was pork jerky (£3.50), but it was not the pork jerky that you would find in Singapore or Macau. The taste and texture of Chinese Laundry version reminds me more of the tin can double twice cook pork (回鍋肉). But then pork jerky was originated from China and adapted to what is known as Bak Kwa in Singapore.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

The Sichuan Mouthwatering Chicken (£7) was not as spicy as it look with it being covered in Chinese Laundry own chilli sauce and chilli oil. This was a refreshing dish with the combination of sliced cucumbers.

Chinese Laundry

Although the Chicken Popcorn (£7.50) is marinated with Chinese five spice and fried with sweet basil,  I thought it lacked flavour. It was not as good as the Taiwanese version we have had at Old Tree Bakery.

Chinese Laundry

I found the Crispy Tofu (£6.70) was a nice dish of the evening. It was served with a sticky soy and sweet chilli sauce, topped with almonds and crispy shallots.

Chinese Laundry

The Old Beijing Lamb Skewers served with goat cheese, cumin seed and chilli (£9.50) was not as good as the one at Old Place. But what surprised me was the goat cheese with cumin seed and chilli tasting like the Chinese fermented beancurd. If no one told me it was goat cheese then I would had thought that they dabbed fermented beancurd.

Chinese Laundry

The Pork belly with preserved vegetables 梅菜扣肉 (£14.50) is a typical dish made by many Chinese older generation, but this version was missing some thing that did not give me that feeling of home.

This dish usually make it great to have with plain rice with strong flavour from the preserved vegetable. Usually the sweet salty flavour make me want extra rice but it didn’t for me, this time round. It was no where as tasty to the one I had abroad or even the one cooked at home. But it could be the variation of this dish between Nothern China and Cantonese style.

Chinese Laundry

Manchurian Lamb (£13.50) is a twiced cooked lamb belly that is braised with Chinese herbs and medicine, which I could not taste. It is served with a housemade picked vegetable with rasins.

Chinese Laundry

Beef Short Ribs Stew (£15) is served in a tomato and broad bean sauce with Chinese spice.

Chinese Laundry

Chestnut chicken (£12.50) is a slow cooked chicken with chestnuts and housemade rice cake. I found this dish really lacked flavour and there was more bones than meat. The chicken seem to be cooked for hours as the bones where soft to the point you could chew though each piece.

Chinese Laundry

We accompany the dishes with Plain Rice (£2) and Mando (£1.80). If you are not sure what Mando, it is Chinese bun. It is commonly known as mantou 鏝頭 and is usually steamed or deep fried.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

I wanted to try the sweet tofu curd but it is only serve for breakfast/brunch. It would had been my preference as dessert then the one on their dinner menu. However we did try the dessert menu and I thought we could had skip it.

Tang Yuan with ice cream (£6.50) was made up of taro sticky rice balls served with ice cream, topped with crushed ginger biscuits and peanut.

Chinese Laundry

The special dessert of the day was jasmine tea bread and pudding dessert. I thought the jasmine tea flavour did not work as it tasted too bitter. Also I thought it tasted of stale bread.

Chinese Laundry

We got complimentary Chinese sweets, Haw flakes (山楂餅) which is made from the fruit, Chinese hawthorn. This reminded me of those childhood days as it was sweets we use to get as a child.

Chinese Laundry

Overall, I found the dishes at Chinese Laundry were expensive compared to other places in a London, which serve them better for a cheaper or same price.

It is a good concept but I thought the execution of the dishes were lacking quality. I have not tried their breakfast/brunch but it does seem more interesting and unique. May be it could be better then their dinner dishes.

Chinese Laundry

(This was not sponsored. Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)

Chinese Laundry
107 Upper Street,
Islington,
N1 1QN

http://chineselaundryroom.com

Golden Phoenix

The grand entrance of Golden Phoenix does make you more likely to take notice of a restaurant and walk in to try. However, as you will have heard “never judge a book by its cover”.

Although the restaurant looks grand, the dim sum here is reasonable price. I felt my overall experience was like Wong Kei, which was once known for bad service and cheap pricing. Golden Phoenix might not provide bad service like Wong Kei was once known, but with no service charge do expect a lack of service.

Golden Phoenix

You order your dim sum by marking on a dim sum order form, which is in both in Chinese and English. There is also a separate dim sum menu with colourful photos to reference against the order form.

Golden Phoenix

The egg tarts (£2.80) was the traditional version with the flakey pastry which I prefer over the butter shortcrust pastry. I thought the egg tart was better than the BBQ Roast Pork Puff Pastry (£2.90). They are not usually served as the photo shown below as our portion was a complimentary.

Golden Phoenix

The Deep Fried Scallop Rolls (£4.40) came served with a salad sauce.

Golden Phoenix

We ordered variety of steamed dim sum to tried and each one was resonable quality. Although, I was not keen of the filling in the Mixed Meat “Fun Gor” Dumplings (£3.10). The mixed meat did not work for me and I have tasted better version in other restaurant.

Golden Phoenix

The Spicy seafood dumplings (£3.50) was actually seafood dumpling with each topped with X.O sauce (a spicy seafood sauce). Although it refer to being spicy, I didn’t find it spicy.

Golden Phoenix

It might not be the best Scallop Cheung Fun (£5) I have had in London but it was not bad.

Golden Phoenix

Custard & Egg Yolk Buns (£3.60) was disappointing. When it first arrived we saw leaking yolk oil and thought this must be good. But when I made my first bite in to the bun, not only was it not a fluffy bun there was a lack of filling. If you follow my blog then you will know what you should expect from this bun.

Golden Phoenix

Golden Phoenix

The BBQ Roast Pork Buns (£3) was better as the bun as it was soft and fluffy.

Golden Phoenix

Traditional Sponge Cake (£3.90)

Golden Phoenix

Overall the dim sum was average with the exception of the custard and egg yolk buns which was the worse dim sum we had on the table.

We were seated upstairs and there are many large tables which reminded me of Wong a Kei layout. May be I have found a Wong Kei experience for dim sum. Well just almost!

(Not sponsored. Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)

Golden Phoenix
37-38 Gerrard Street,
London,
W1D 5QB

Orient London 添福海鮮酒

What originally was Jade Garden in London Chinatown has changed name to be known as Orient. It has had a complete renovation which now reminds me of Royal China, using the combination of black and gold.

Orient serves dim sum in the afternoon with an all day à la carte. As with many  Chinese places, you would order dim sum by marking the choices on a form. I’m not sure if they offer a English version, but there is a menu which is in both Chinese and English. So you can match up the numbers from the menu on to the order form. Otherwise I am sure you could place your order with one of the staff.

Orient London

We tried Orient’s siu mai which had a fancy name as Crab roe & pork dumplings 蟹皇蒸燒賣 (£3). But it is just the typical siu mai!

Orient London

I was glad to see the Mini egg tarts 酥皮蛋達仔 (£2.80) made with flaky pastry instead of the modern shortcrust.

Orient London

The cheung fun at Orient are served with steamed Chinese greens which seem to bring the plate to live. We tried the stuffed dried beancurd with prawn cheung fun 鮮蝦腐皮腸 (£4.20) which has a mixture of texture. The outer layer is a soft smooth cheung fun, follow by the crispy dried beancurd and finally biting to a bouncy prawn paste filling.

Orient London

We also tried some of the dim sum from Orient chef’s recommendation. This included the crystal king prawn dumplings with black truffle &  X.O sauce 黑松露蝦餃 (£4). This is smiliar to har gau but was topped with X.O sauce (a spicy seafood sauce).

Orient London

The Spicy Shanghai veal dumplings 四川牛湯飽 (£3.80) is smiliar to Shanghai dumplings (siu long bao). Instead of pork this was filled with veal meat and it was slightly spicy. The pastry was nice and thin, but I felt the taste was weird and it did not work for me. 

Orient London

The steamed salty egg buns 秘制流沙包 (£3.50) was not the best in London that I have had, but it is not the worse. As expected, the bun has a grainy liquid filling, but I prefer if there was slightly more in each bun. The main thing that disappointed me was the bun was not fluffy enough.

Orient London<

Orient London

Orient serves a variety of dim sum and one of my favourite is their spare ribs and chicken claw rice 鳳爪排骨飯 (£5). This is served in a pot with black bean spare ribs and chicken claws sitting on a bed of steamed rice. It is topped with a sweet soya sauce and accompany with steamed Chinese greens.

If chicken claw does not take your fancy then there are other steamed rice pot options including chicken with Chinese mushroom.

Orient London

(This is not a sponsored review. Prices and menu correct at the time of dining.)

Orient London
15 Wardour Street,
London,
W1D 6PH

http://www.orientlondon.com

Chinese New Year 2016 in London

Chinese New Year is just next week and on 8th February 2016 and we will be welcoming the year of the monkey. To mark the occasion, I want to share in this blog entry a selection of Chinese restaurants in London.

This has to be one of my favorite festival each year and this is because it goes back to my roots. Although, it is to celebrate a fresh new year in the lunar calendar, it also about getting together with family and friends for a reunion.

London has many Chinese restaurants that will be offering Chinese New Year special dishes and menu. It is normal that they will be created to mean good things and also refer to Chinese New Year greetings (吉祥話). But you don’t need to go for these special dishes or set menus, because at the end of the day its all about enjoying some time with your family and friends.

Phoenix Palace Chinese New Year Pot

Bright Courtyard 惶庭

The restaurant is contemporary and modern, with a touch of Chinese interior. In the afternoon, dim sum is served with an all day à la carte menu.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 43-45 Baker Street, W1U 8EW
Website: http://brightcourtyard.co.uk

Grand Imperial 喜粵

Located in The Grosvenor hotel, Grand Imperial serves traditional dim sum and an Oriental afternoon tea in the afternoon. There is an all day à la carte which offers a varieties of Cantonese dishes. It is one of the many restaurant in London that serves roast Peking duck served two ways.

During the Chinese new year period they will be offering special Chinese new year dishes including a Chinese new year’s raw salmon salad. Also, there will be two Chinese new year set menu, £238 (6 people) and £508 (10 people) which require advance order. Contact restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: The Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0SJ
Website: http://www.grandimperiallondon.com

Hutong at The Shard

Whether it is day or night, Hutong provides a breath taking view from The Shard. Dim sum is available in the afternoon as well as an all day à la carte. It is popular for their Peking duck served two ways.

On 8th February 2016 from 6pm they will only be serving their Chinese New Year Double Happiness menu which will cost £88 per person. During that evening they will have lion dancing and Chinese musicians. Contact restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Website: http://hutong.co.uk

Imperial China London 中國城大酒樓

Both their Chinatown and Watford branch has an Oriental garden. You would walk through the Oriental decorated garden at the Chinatown branch on Lisle  Street. The restaurant is spread over multiple floors with private rooms to cater for large groups and private functions. You will find traditional dim sum served in the afternoon and an all day à la carte.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: White Bear Yard, 25a Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA
Website: http://www.imperialchina-london.com

Min Jiang

The restaurant looks over Kensington Garden, which gives it an ideal place to dine with a view. You can have a dim sum lunch while enjoying and getting the most of the beautiful view of the royal garden. Min Jiang is known for their legendary wood-fired Beijing duck which is served two ways.

To celebrate the year of the Monkey, Min Jiang will be offering a set menu for £98 per person. Contact restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
Website: http://www.minjiang.co.uk

New Mayflower 五月花

The restaurant is only open in the evening from 5pm until 4am, serving  Cantonese style food. If you ever looking for food after midnight you know where you could consider going. It is one of the many Chinese restaurant in London that is popular within the Chinese community.

If you have the opportunity to go with a local Chinese, ask the to show you the you the typical Cantonese dishes that would be ordered for dinner. You won’t find crispy aromatic duck, crispy seaweed or even lemon chicken. Instead you will find dishes such as whole steamed fish, various chicken on the bone served half or whole (baked salted chicken, Cantonese crispy chicken etc), baked king prawn in salty egg yolk, various clay pot (belly pork with yam, lamb with dried beancurd etc).

Dim Sum: No
Address: 68-70 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6LY

Orient London

After going through a renovation the restaurant has a contemporary interior design. A black and golden colour theme is used which gives it a modern royal feel to the restaurant. Dim sum is served in the afternoon and an all day à la carte.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 15 Wardour Street, W1D 6PH
Website: http://www.orientlondon.com

Phoenix Palace 鳳凰閣

The interior decor is grand and you will certainly know that you are in a Chinese restaurant with its furniture and design. Dim sum is served in the afternoon with many traditional dim sum. In the evening as the dim sum bamboo steamer take a rest, it offers a full day à la carte menu.

During the Chinese New Year period they will be offering special Chinese New Year dishes and dim sum. Also, there will be special set menu (advance order require) which starts from £328 a table (8 to 10 people). However, during this period (3rd February – 22nd February 2016) there will be a 13% service charge if you decide to go for any of the Chinese New Year options.

There will be live lion dance on 7th February 2016 at 7pm. Contact the restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 5 Glenthworth Street, NW1 5PG
Website: http://www.phoenixpalace.co.uk

Ping Pong

If you are open to a fusion take on dim sum then Ping Pong is just that restaurant. There are many branches in London and its about dim sum with a modern take. It is the place to enjoy dim sum with one of Ping Pong’s cocktails.

To welcome the year of the monkey, Ping Pong has created some special edition cocktails (dizzy monkey and drunken monkey). Also they have introduced their Chinese New Year seasonal inspired dim sum.

Dim Sum: Yes (all day)
Address: Various location
Website: http://www.pingpongdimsum.com

Princess Garden of Mayfair

The location of the restaurant make it great for a day of shopping and a dim sum lunch. Who could have known that in the buzzing Bond Street lives a Chinese restaurant that serves authentic dim sum.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 8-10 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZD
Website: http://www.princessgardenofmayfair.com

Shikumen

There are two branches located in London and both offers dim sum in the afternoon, as well as an all day à la carte. The interior design for Shephard bush branch located in the Dorset hotel is simple but a Chinese feel with the use of Chinese style mahogany wood furniture

During Chinese New Year (7th – 21st February 2016) they will be offering a Chinese New Year menu at their Shephard Bush branch. This will include a Chinese imperial assorted seafood pot for £58 per person (minimum 4 people). Also, there are two set menu to mark the occasion starting from £56.80 per person. Contact the restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8QE (Shepherd Bush branch)
Website: http://www.shikumen.co.uk

Wing Tai

This is a traditional looking restaurant in North West London, which serves dim sum in the afternoon and an all day à la carte. You will find traditional dim sum and Cantonese style dishes.

To celebrate the year of the monkey on 14th February 2016 at 1pm there will be lion dance at the restaurant. Contact the restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Unit 2, 395 Edgware Road, NW2 6LN
Website: http://www.wingtairestaurantltd.co.uk

Young Cheng 羊城美食

Traditional dim sum is served in the afternoon and an all day à la carte. The restaurant is popular for their lobster and crab noodle offer which can be cook in the choice of two options, either in curry or the traditional Cantonese flavour where the lobster is stir fried in spring onion and ginger. The restaurant is popular within the Chinese community as they offer authentic Cantonese dishes that a typical Chinese family would order.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 22 Lisle St, WC2H 7BY

This is not a sponsored feature, it is to share a selection of Chinese restaurants in London that you could consider for a Chinese new year feast, whether for lunch or dinner.

If you have a favorite Chinese restaurant I would love to hear about it. Please leave your comments below.