NOTE: The Poon’s pop up has now closed while they search for a permanent home. Watch this space.
We know what you’re thinking…
…it has something to do with the Poon trees native to East India, traditionally used to make masts and boat spars, right?
Well no, one tracked mind, it’s actually named after seventh generation masterchef Bill Poon, who ran the legendary Chinatown restaurant from 1973-2003, gaining both a cult and celebrity following and a Michelin star in the process.
Now his daughter Amy has taken the reins, and is reviving the place for the 21st Century. Mostly meaning that it’s going to be a popup before returning to permanence. But also meaning that they’ve updated the decor (with elegant marble tables juxtaposed with bright colours on the walls), and the menu, while still paying homage to what made the place great.
Bringing the menu firmly into the modern era there’ll be a large selection of gluten-free, vegan, and organic dishes such as their crushed Chinese chilli radishes; the vibrant and spicy aubergine salad; and their slow-cooked tofu hotpot. Then there’s…
It wouldn’t be Poon’s without Poon’s signature dishes, and those include their famed “wind-dried” meats (it’s like the Chinese equivalent of charcuterie) meaning you can still get their San Choi Bao cured bacon wrapped in a lettuce cups; some claypot rice with home-made wind-dried meats; a little Hainanese chicken; and a helping of steamed fish Guangzhou-style.
And to cap it all off, you can get either watermelon & mango shaved ice, or the slightly more artery-scaring deep fried ice cream with Oolong tea syrup.
Trust us. You’ll eat it up with a ‘poon.
NOTE: Poon’s pop up is now closed and searching for a permanent spot.
Poon’s | 131 – 133 Central Street Clerkenwell, EC1V 8AP
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