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London is brimming with Chinese restaurants but which one is worthy of your custom?. To help you decide, we've compiled a list of the best, detailing their signature dishes, atmosphere and customer service - arguably the most important factor when deciding on a place to eat. So ditch the takeaway menus, brush up on your chopstick skills and head to one of the eateries, below.
We first visited Feng Shui a couple months back and have been regular punters ever since. Food is prepared using 3,000-year-old ancient Chinese methods, which this restaurant claims will balance your chi (the flow of energy – both positive and negative – in your body), helping you to achieve good health and fortune.
We cannot vouch for our soul but each time we visit this restaurant we cannot help but feel happy and satisfied (we do, however, feel less rich). Everything, from the fresh ingredients to the presentation is spot-on. Warning: it gets quite busy here so bookings are advised, but if you find yourself waiting for a table, you can kill time by downing cocktails at the bar.
Feng Shui, 1A Pudding Lane, London EC3R 8AB
With their motto being 'innovation, style and quality', Bright Courtyard is miles ahead of the Chinese eateries that adorn the West End. Founded by the Shanghai Life Fashion Group - their creative mantra is evident in the sleek and glossy decor - this restaurant's menu is reflective of current eating trends in China - but most meals are served with a contemporary twist. Just try the diced Wagyu beef in foie gras sauce and wasabi prawns to see what we're on about. If you're not in the mood for meat (how dare you?!), there's plenty of vegeterian options available, including tofu and vegetable-based dishes.
Bright Courtyard 43-45 Baker Street, W1U 8EW
Xian Restaurant has been serving authentic Beijing and Cantonese style food in London since 1989. The Chinese restaurant is known in the area for its friendly atmosphere and high quality food; they have many regular customers who keep returning to enjoy their flavoursome and delicious dishes.
Xian Chinese Restaurant caters to meat-lovers and vegetarians alike with a wide array of food on offer including lobster with asparagus, aromatic crispy duck and traditional specials like lotus root and Peking friend lamb. The staff at this friendly Chinese restaurant are committed to serving exceptional dishes so you will keep coming back for more.
The Landing serves a mixture of Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisine in stunning surroundings. Sichuan dishes like the twice cooked pork belly are a specialty, but there's plenty of less adventurous meals to look out for, too (your usual dishes, such as sweet and sour chicken). Dim sum is served all day and the tapas-style small plates means there's plenty of room for sharing (assuming you want to).
The Lanting, 17 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ
WIth A.Wong, everything depends on timing. At lunchtime, expect top-notch dim sum - but in the evening, customers can expect more traditional Chinese dishes. Before you take your seat you can enjoy street snacks and a drink at the bar, and if you can't decide on a main course the eight-plate 'Taste of China' set menu has something on it to suit just about anyone.
A.Wong, 70-71 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V 1DE
Chinese food can vary dramatically depending on the region and at Sichuan-Folk Chinese restaurant you can enjoy authentic dishes from their specialised Sichuan menu. Their famous Sichuan hotpot allows you to eat as much as you like for a very reasonable price, but if that’s not your thing then you are sure to love one of the 100 other dishes that are available. Sichuan-Folk offers something a little bit different from the usual Chinese restaurants and is definitely worth trying if you are looking for a unique experience.
Sichuan-Folk Chinese Restaurant, 32 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
Easy to miss from the outside but unforgettable once you step indoors, Maxim is a large, airy restaurant favored by many Ealing residents, as well as those travelling from further afield. The décor is restrained yet undeniably impressive, with high ceilings, traditional murals and plenty of natural light. The food is expertly prepared using the freshest of ingredients, and there's a well-stocked bar. Weekends are best for atmosphere, but prices are reasonable enough for a midweek visit.
Maxim, 153-155 Northfield Avenue, London W13 9QT
Bo London is anything but a simple Chinese restaurant. With chef Alvin Leung's signature "X-treme Chinese" cooking style, you can expect a fusion of centuries old recipes with modern cooking techniques, innovative use of ingredients and new twists on familiar dishes in this Michelin starred restaurant. Each taster menu is an experience, not just a meal, which we think is well worth the price of entry. If you book your reservation through TablePouncer, you can also get 30% off your food bill from Monday to Wednesday,
Bo London, 4 Mill Street, Oxford Circus, W1S 2AX
A traditional Chinese restaurant just on the edge of Soho, Yming might not be in the heart of Chinatown but its menu more-than makes up for it. There's a comprehensive selection, with a regularly updated specials board for anyone looking for something a little different. Spice addicts will love the fiery young lamb, which is expertly prepared with incredibly fresh green chilies, but just as much care goes into the traditional favorites.
Yming, 35 - 36 Greek Street, London W1D 5DL
This Mayfair haunt is Hakkasan's second London location, taking its unique approach to Chinese cuisine from Tottenham Court Road to the heart of the West End. Inside, you'll find elegant-decor, a fantastic atmosphere and excellent service - particularly at the bar.
It serves a wide variety of dim sum starters and traditional mains, along with dishes you won't find anywhere else, such as the New Zealand mini lobster or black truffle roast duck. Just make sure to book in advance as it gets quite busy in the eveninings.
Hakkasan, 17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB
Found in the heart of Islington, Yipin China has an unassuming exterior - but inside you'll find fantastic cuisine from southern China. Chef Mingyuan Geng has brought an extensive repertoire from his native Hunan, combining intensely spicy, chili-based flavours with regional smoking and curing techniques for some truly mouth-watering meals. There are plenty of excellent meat and seafood dishes on offer, but vegetarians won't to miss out as the Bear’s Paw Bean-curd is a menu highlight.
Yipin China, 70-72 Liverpool Road, London N1 0QD
With a name like Grand Imperial and an address on Buckingham Palace Road, you should already have an idea of what to expect when you walk through the doors of this restaurant.
Specialising in Cantonese cuisine, each dish is painstakingly prepared and presented, with impressively fast service and friendly staff. If you're looking for a snack rather than a full meal, their Asian take on High Tea is a must try.
Grand Imperial London, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0SJ
This family-run, Uxbridge based, restaurant has been producing authentic Chinese dishes for almost forty years. That experiences shines through in the expertly-prepared food – some might find the restrained menu surprising, but the chefs have honed each dish to near perfection so you won't be disappointed with your selection. The salt and pepper lobster is especially worth a try. It's a little outside central London, but you'll still need to book to secure a table at the weekend.
North China, 305 Uxbridge Road, London W3 9QU
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