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The Best Chinese Restaurants in London

The Best Chinese Restaurants in London

The Best Chinese Restaurants in London

Last Updated: 30th August 2019 | Main image: Duddell’s

Luckily there’s no great walls between you and some top-notch Chinese food in London.

From dumpling specialists to tongue-numbing Sichuan spice, Chinatown stalwarts to itinerant pop up eateries, the city’s spoilt for choice. But if you’re only after the best, here they are…

My Neighbours The Dumplings | Clapton, Victoria Park

My Neighbours the Dumplings recently opened

MNTD have proven so popular in their Clapton home that they’ve just unveiled a second branch of their dumpling-focussed eatery. Taking up an impressive space on the fringes of Victoria Park, they serve up classic dim sum dishes – potstickers, crispy prawn wonton, scallop & spinach and pork & prawn siu mai – alongside traditional sides, some Japanese-influenced skewers and a two-page sake menu. READ MORE

Details: 178-180 Victoria Park Road, Hackney, London, E9 7HD Open Wed-Sun evenings

Liu Xiaomian | Marylebone

Liu Xiaomian Chinese restaurants London

Liu Xiaomian is a street food outfit specialising in the mouth-numbingly spicy cuisine of Chongqing. The two chefs behind it, Charlene Liu and Liu Qian originally hail from the Sichuanese city, and are pouring their no-holds-barred spicy know-how into dishes like chickpea and minced pork noodles; braised beef; and chilli pig trotters. And don’t worry, there’s some very icy desserts to follow. READ MORE

Details: The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, W1G 7EG Lunch and dinner, Tues-Fri

Chinese Laundry | Brockley

Chinese Laundry London

Chinese Laundry are really cleaning up. Their authentic yet accessible menus have enchanted diners across the capital since they lost their permanent restaurant to a fire a few years ago. Currently, the team are in residence at a Brockley pop up kitchen, where they’re serving a daily changing menu including the likes of drunken crawfish and chilli slow-cooked chicken feet. It’s proved so popular that their initial residency has now been extended for the best part of a year, plus it’s all BYOB. READ MORE

Details: 10 Coulgate Street, SE4 2RW Open Wed-Sun evenings until Feb 2020

Xi’an Impression | Highbury

Xi'an Impression Chinese restaurant London

An unpretentious local spot revered for its biang biang noodles (Sichuan spicy, ribbon-thick, hand-pulled noods) and Xi’an beef burger with its slow-cooked, spice-infused, Silk Road-whispering meaty juices. The dishes are fiery, unctuous, and messy to eat. Roll your sleeves up, accept the fiery sauces running down your chin, and throw any hopes of making a good impression on your date out the window. Xi’an Impression’s already got it covered. READ MORE

Details: 117 Benwell Road, London, N7 7BW Open all day, every day

Chinatown | Soho

Chinatown London Chinese restaurants

Unsurprisingly, home to some of the best Chinese restaurants in London. Buckle in for a feast of dim sum or all-you-can-eat buffet, or go on a food crawl. Gerrard Street (and the little alleys spinning off it) is home to specialists in Peking duck, xiaolongbao, hotpot and Cantonese classics – as well as a couple of Chinese bakeries serving tasty buns to go. READ MORE

Mao Chow | Hackney

Mao Chow Chinese restaurants

Mao Chow’s vegan Chinese dishes were an instant hit when they first popped up, and now they’ve scored themselves a permanent spot on Hackney’s Mare Street. It’s a tiny, hole-in-a-wall kind of place; cash-only and seating just 12 diners in its colourful space. Here, you can chow down on spicy mapo tofu, veg and fennel dumplings, Chongqing-style wheat noodles and smacked cucumber with garlic – which, ironically, is a breath of fresh air. READ MORE

Details: 159a Mare Street, E8 3RH Open Tues-Sat evenings

Kym’s | Bank

Kym's Chinese restaurant

Sipping yuzu negronis and tucking into XO-laced prawn har gau beneath the shade of a full-size cherry blossom tree – dining doesn’t get more elegant than at Kym’s. It’s the second London spot for Andrew Wong, nestled into the imposing sandstone landscape of the new Bloomberg Arcade development. In spite of its anonymous surrounds, Kym’s is a restaurant full of heart and character – from the umami-rich black truffle-infused vegetable fried rice to the lip-smacking Cantonese crispy pork belly, it’s an instant classic. READ MORE

Details: 19 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR Open for lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat

Master Wei | Bloomsbury

Master Wei Chinese

Having effortlessly taken Xi’an Impression into the hearts of Londoners, chef Guirong Wei continues to shine the spotlight on her native Shaanxi cooking with her first solo venture, Master Wei. The highlight here is, again, the biang biang noodles – lovely, chilli-slicked ribbons served with buttery smooth pak choi, textured morsels of pork and tomato and egg – but they should be savoured alongside a slew of Xi’an street food classics, like the potsticker dumplings and rou jia mo flatbread-style burgers.

Details: 13 Cosmo Place, WC1N 3AP Open all day, every day

Duddell’s | London Bridge

Duddells - best Chinese restaurants

Duddell’s is a top-tier Chinese restaurant set in a Grade II-listed former church. And after discovering it, you’ll want to go religiously. It’s the first international outpost of the eponymous Hong Kong eatery, known for the art adorning its walls. Here, the art work is firmly on the plates – dainty, colourful shumai; yin-yang prawns and meltingly tender 12-hour XO beef shin star on a menu of Cantonese showstoppers and classic dim sum. READ MORE

Details: St. Thomas’ Church, St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY Open for lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun

Hakkasan | Fitzrovia, Mayfair

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Nowhere does high-end Chinese dining quite like Hakkasan. Eminently successful, the Fitzrovia original is the first of 11 Hakkasans that have since cropped up around the world – though they’re not quite as ubiquitous as founder Alan Yau’s other venture, Wagamama. Hakkasan is a gloss-covered jewel of a restaurant – the atmosphere’s dark and vibey; the cocktails strong and the Cantonese dishes unparalleled in their delicacy. There’s a lunch set menu (a reasonable £38), or if you want the full Michelin star experience, head there in the evening for lobster har gau with caviar; the famous Peking duck; or smoked beef ribs with jasmine tea. READ MORE

Details: 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD Open for lunch and dinner daily

Hutong | London Bridge

Hutong Chinese restaurant London

Perched hundreds of metres above the rest of London on the 33rd floor of the Shard, Hutong is a dark, glamorous spot filled with red lanterns, dramatic mood lighting and a wishing tree. You can have high hopes for the meal, too – it’ll set you back a fair sum but if you’re splashing out, the tableside Peking duck carving, Champagne-soaked shrimp dumplings and Shandong shredded chicken in butterfly buns is the way to go. READ MORE

Details: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY Open for lunch & dinner daily

A. Wong | Pimlico

A Wong - Chinese restaurants London

Andrew Wong didn’t particularly want to become a chef. He studied at both Oxford and LSE before it fell to him to take the reins of the family business – Chinese restaurant Kym’s, on Wilton Road. Six years later, that restaurant is now Wong’s own eponymous, Michelin starred, critically praise-showered eatery, while the name Kym’s has been bestowed on his follow-up in Bank. The glorious, showstopper cooking here is the result of Wong’s pilgrimage around China’s many provinces, learning directly from the masters all the tips and tricks of regional specialities. The 10 course “Taste of China” tasting menu is a love letter to the country’s many influences, quirks and unique flavour pairings, and to miss it would be a crime.

Details: 70 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE Open for lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat

Silk Road | Camberwell

Silk Road Chinese restaurants London

Amidst London’s preponderance of Cantonese restaurants comes something completely different. Silk Road takes its culinary influences from Guandong’s polar opposite, Xinjiang (over on the northwestern side of China, bordering Mongolia and Kazakhstan). This region was (spoiler!) at the nexus of the Silk Road trading routes back in the day, and its unique, flavourful cuisine can be hard to track down in London. Silk Road does it justice: chicken gizzards are stir-fried with cumin and chilli; ox tripe, kidneys and lamb fat shish are grilled over charcoal; and Xinjiang’s signature dish is perfectly executed, with on-the-bone chicken floating in a broth singing with green chilli. Order a bowl of noodles to pour into the left-over liquor, and settle in for the evening.

Details: 49 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR | Open weekdays 5-11pm, weekends 2-11pm

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