Ever found yourself in central London in desperate need of some chopstick related sustenance yet simultaneously crippled by the sheer choice? As well as traditional Cantonese, you can enjoy Sichuanese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian and Mongolian food, to name a few, some boasting authentic bowlfuls of joy and many sadly not.There’s no doubt that all
There’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants in London if all you’re after is a portion of sweet and sour pork balls and egg fried rice. For the good stuff, you have to know not just where to go but what to ask for – many great (e.g. Sichuan) restaurants have a list of high street favourites for timid English people and a secret menu of spicy regional specialities for those brave or, er, Chinese enough to deserve it. Here are some of the best places to indulge your passion for peppercorns.
There isn’t a single ‘best’ dim sum restaurant in central London; the better places tend to be particularly good for certain things, and good enough for everything else. If you were being soooo specific that you wanted the very best scallop cheung fun (rice noodle roll), har gow (prawn dumpling) or cha siu bao (steamed pork bun), you could shop around. But the differences can be marginal. And I personally think life’s a little too short for that level of anality. So, the following restaurants are a selection of the inventive, expensive, affordable and fun. My main requisite is that they should be reliable, and also that they do an excellent xiao long bao (dumplings full of awesomeness). * Remember dim sum is a lunch time thing. Think 11:00 – 16:00. I like it as a weekend hangover option.