Top 10 Chinese restaurants in London

Top 10 Chinese restaurants in London

Where to find the most glamorous gastronomy and authentic cooking

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From delicate Hong Kong-style dim sum to crispy Peking duck, and stripped-back interiors to 1930s Shanghai glamour, London’s Chinese restaurants have much to offer. Here’s our top 10.

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Hakkasan

When talking about the capital’s best Chinese restaurants, one name always comes up – Hakkasan. The two London outposts – each with a Michelin star – serve delicious Cantonese dishes such as black truffle roast duck and jasmine tea smoked ribs. The combination of faultless food and the sultry atmosphere mean that after 16 years of business, the Hanway Place restaurant still impresses every time, with 2010's Mayfair opening following suit (pictured top).

Royal China Club

Keeping it Cantonese, head to Royal China Club on Baker Street to try the dim sum. Prepared daily, our favourite dishes are the deep fried lobster dumplings, pork and crab roe siu mai, cooked to order to ensure the best flavour and freshness. Also worth trying is the unusual but delicious fillet of seabass wrap and for dessert, the coconut moss dumplings with black sesame seed.

YauatchaYauatcha

Another top spot for dim sum, Michelin-starred Yauatcha Soho (and sister venue Yauatcha City) is a slick operation, worlds away from many of the restaurants in nearby Chinatown. Choose the airy ground floor for casual daytime yum cha or head to the dimly lit basement which features a sparkling ceiling resembling the night sky. Don’t worry if you forget to leave space for dessert – many items from the in-house patisserie are available to take home.

Park Chinois

Park Chinois takes us up China’s east coast and back about 80 years for a taste of 1930s Shanghai. From the heavy wooden doors on Berkeley Street to the rich red fabrics – and even gilded taps in the loos – it’s not hard to see how Alan Yau reportedly spent around £16 million on the luxurious restaurant. Fans of his previous ventures will appreciate seeing a few Hakkasan classics on the menu in addition to new dishes like the Norwegian king crab with five year Qing Hu rice.

HutongHutong

Going north in culinary terms, we head up to Hutong in The Shard. As well as taking the name of its Michelin-starred sister in Hong Kong, signature dishes like the crispy deboned lamb and Ma La chilli prawns from the original became instant favourites here, too. The beautiful decor takes influence from Beijing’s historic narrow lanes, with intricately carved wooden panels and traditional red lanterns.

Hunan

As well as the many restaurants focusing on the cuisine of a particular region, there are those that serve a mixture. Hunan in Pimlico does this really well – but you must be adventurous to dine here. Famously known for not having a menu, diners are simply asked if there’s anything they don’t like and how much spice they can handle – the rest is left to the talented chefs. The result is a unique and memorable meal of between 15 and 20 dishes.

A.Wong

Another restaurant that does dishes from multiple regions incredibly well is newly Michelin-starred A.Wong, situated on Victoria’s Wilton Road. The best way to enjoy Andrew Wong’s cooking is by choosing the Taste of China menu, which includes creative takes on Hong Kong dim sum, Shanghai steamed dumplings and Chengdu street tofu. Soon the chef will open a second A.Wong at the City's Bloomberg Arcade – ask us for updates ►

Mei UmeMei Ume

This smart new Asian restaurant within the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square serves a menu of Chinese and Japanese dishes with modern influence. The striking decor sets a smart tone as diners enjoy sushi, small plates and a range of seafood with exquisite presentation. A bar and lounge take up the rest of the space, encouraging post-dinner drinking and relaxing in a casual atmosphere.

The Duck and Rice

Restaurant impresario Alan Yau has another hit on his hands with this Asian-influenced update of the traditional British pub in Soho. The ground floor is dominated by large copper tanks filled with unpasteurised pilsner beer which can be enjoyed alongside a selection of moreish snacks and dim sum. The upstairs dining room serves up chop-suey house classics such as kung po chicken and everyone’s favourite, crispy duck.

Kai MayfairKai Mayfair

Last but certainly not least is Kai Mayfair. The highly acclaimed restaurant opened in 1993 and has held a Michelin star since 2009. We love playful dishes such as Pigs in Blankets (Ibérico pork with plum and lime dressing, chopped cashew and sliced shallots) alongside more classic Chinese dishes like seared scallops with XO sauce, lotus root crisps and stir-fried vegetables.

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Last updated on 11 October 2017


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