Where to go in London for: Chinese food – The insider’s guide
The first in our Insider’s Guide series brings you some of the best places to dine in and around the capital, complete with our KUDOS rating to ensure you’re well informed as well as well fed. The Insider’s Guide aims to bring you the best food from the people who are in the know. In this first instalment, we celebrate the Chinese New Year and recommend some of the best Chinese restaurants around.
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Hutong, London Bridge
Offering spectacular views of the City, Hutong is located inside The Shard and boasts a variety of culinary expertise and traditional Chinese dishes. The price per diner usually varies between £75 and £100 per head.
What you should be eating: Red lantern crab, ginger spiced ribs
Be wary of: Desserts
KUDOS rating: 3 stars
Silk Road, Camberwell
Heavily contrasting to the glamour and luxury that surrounds Hutong, this small Chinese restaurant in Camberwell serves up traditional food on a budget, with diners spending roughly £10 on a meal. Despite being a small establishment, the restaurant has been making waves in the dining world having won The Guardian’s OFM Awards in 2014. Silk Road specialises in Northern Chinese and Mongolian cuisines and has received praise regarding to its linearity to culinary roots.
What you should be eating: Big plate chicken, dumplings
Be wary of: Aubergine based dishes
KUDOS rating: 5 stars
A Wong, Victoria
Offering a taste of upmarket China in the heart of Victoria, this restaurant owned by skilled Chef, Andrew Wong, stocks a complete range of dishes and flavours from across the whole of China. Andrew offers a special ten course tasting menu as an option in his restaurant, showing his versatility and expertise as head chef. We’re not the only ones impressed by A.Wong, the restaurant has a host of good reviews and happy diners.
What you should be eating: Gong bao chicken, Dueling dim sum
Be wary of: Small portion size
KUDOS rating: 4 stars
Jen Café, Chinatown
Often referred to as a no-frills restaurant, this small eatery boasts a food focused experience that has had many people talking. No fancy presentation or food decoration, this café is all about flavour. A small menu means quick food turnaround time and you can expect to be sitting down with your meal within a matter of minutes.
What you should be eating: Dumplings, dim sum
Be wary of: Noodles
KUDOS rating: 2 stars
Royal China Club, Baker Street
Famous for its delicious duck dishes, the Royal China Club in Baker Street provides a fine dining experience that encompasses Chinese culture in a modern perspective You can expect to pay around £70 per head for a standard lunch, but depending on what you order, a meal can cost up to £2,800.
What you should be eating: Duck, pork puffs
Be wary of: Dim sum
KUDOS rating: 3 stars