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8 Of The Best Chinese Restaurants To Chow Down At In London

Lily Frohlich Lily Frohlich


Whether you’re after high-end Cantonese cuisine or no-frills, stir-fried street food, we’ve found the perfect Chinese restaurant for you.

Start perfecting your chopstick skills, because there’s never been a better time to opt for a Chinese option in London. We’ve painstakingly selected nine Chinese restaurants that we think you should visit too. And with Chinese New Year coming up, we recommend you go forth and celebrate in style.

1. Hunan (Pimlico)

Hunan, one of London's best chinese restaurants

Reviewed by Lily Frohlich

Hunan in Pimlico is a London dining experience unlike any other. Upon arrival diners are asked just two questions – 1. Do you have any special dietary requirements? 2. How spicy do you like your food? – and with that, the meal begins, cloaked in a shroud of mystery. Expect a chef’s tasting menu with an added element of surprise, with endless, excellent, tapas-size portions of food that are perfect for sharing – or fighting over. The result is truly unforgettable.

During the course of our meal we ate everything from pork belly in steamed buns to sea bream with yellow miso sauce, and enjoyed every mouthful. Hunan is priced at £45.80 per person for lunch and £67.80 for dinner, so this is probably a restaurant best reserved for special occasions. However, I can promise that a meal at Hunan means it’s bound to be one hell of an occasion.

51 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8NE.

2. Hakkasan Hanway Place (Fitzrovia)

Chinese restaurant in London: Hakkasan

Reviewed by Lily Frohlich

Despite it being outrageously difficult to get a decent picture of the food in this place – their sexy low-level lighting is not particularly conducive to Instagram, but it is highly atmospheric – it’s easy to see why Hakkasan Hanway Place has received the coveted Michelin star accolade. Every dish that was brought out was delicately dished up and tasted as good as it looked. The stand out dish for us was their signature duck salad – yes, a salad – which I honestly have not been able to stop thinking about since eating it.

If you’re looking for somewhere impressive to take a date, Hakkaan’s your place. Another fantastic blowout or special-occasion-meal type of place, it’s probably the perfect restaurant if you’re looking to celebrate Chinese New Year in true style. Chefs from the Hakkasan locations around the globe have even put together a special menu to mark the arrival of The Year of the Dog featuring eight adventurous dishes for £88. The baked chilean sea bass with kumquat glaze in particular was ‘wtf’ amazing. The New Year menu is available at Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair until 4th March. Alternatively, you can check out their other slightly less audacious offerings on their a la carte menu, here.

8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HD.

3. Yauatcha (Soho)

Yauatcha Chinese Restaurant

Reviewed by Guy Parsons

This modern Chinese restaurant on Broadwick Street, slickly designed and eagerly staffed, is a great option for all-day dim sum year round, and their seven-dish Chinese New Year menu (on ’til March 4) is pretty special. The sesame balls filled with a salted egg-yolk custard are a real treat, the braised pork is ludicrously tender and melty, and the golden fortune prawns are mouthwatering too. The cocktails we tried were just the ticket to sharpen the senses (the Black River Martini is a punchy, purple Scotch + blackberry delight) and although I wasn’t wholly sold on the admittedly very pretty petit gateau that concluded the meal, my companion eagerly demolished both of ours, so what do I know?

15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DL.

4. Bun House (Soho)

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Reviewed by Alex Landon

Possibly the best thing about Bun House is that it’s two restaurants in one. At street level, you’ll find the Bun House itself, with a counter full of wicker baskets gently steaming away. This is the place to grab a pillowy soft bun, stuffed with pork, lamb, chicken, fish, or vegetables, and take a wander through Soho. However, our experience led us downstairs to the Tea Room, the restaurant and cocktail den hiding in the basement.

What immediately stands out, apart from the Shanghai noir vibes, is one of the most inventive cocktail menus you’ll ever see. Bun House import most of their ingredients from China in order to maintain authenticity, and it certainly shows. My Peanut and Goji cocktail was beautiful, and full of complex flavours, whilst the Chocolate and White Rabbit made for the perfect dessert drink. The food, meanwhile is a proper culinary exploration. The lotus root crisps and garlicky chicken wings were a safe start, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to try the black bean duck tongue and the skewers of chicken hearts. A punt on the mysterious Three Treasures turned out to be a big winner, whilst the Iberico char siu rice pot was loaded with succulent pork and a delicious baked rice crust that was heavenly with soy sauce. Whatever you order, you must finish with the red chocolate bun. Don’t be put off by the addition of pig’s blood (difficult, I know), because this turned the chocolate filling rich and runny, and rounded off our meal perfectly.

24 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ.

5. Cha Chaan Teng (Holborn)


Reviewed by Lily Frohlich

Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn is a regular lunch spot for everyone here at Secret London HQ, because it just so happens to be right around the corner from our office… It also happens to be home to a very roomy round table, which conveniently seats 14. But that’s not the only reason we make the trip, because Cha Chaan Teng has never let us down when it comes to food quality or service.

This Chinese fusion restaurant serves up a selection of ‘reimagined’ Chinese classics as well as offering a fantastic selection of filled, cushiony bao buns. Their salt and pepper squid bao gets a special shout out here! Oh, and the decor’s really cool, too.

38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY.

6. Wong Kei (Chinatown)

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Reviewed by Morgan Cormack

Wong Kei was once described as “the rudest restaurant in London” but the service here has improved somewhat. All of the shouting and noise is kind of forgiven as the food here is super yummy and well-priced too. The menu can be rather daunting but skip to the back of it for some seriously hearty dishes that’ll leave you rolling out of the restaurant. They also give you free tea, so who’s really complaining. I recommend opting for a bowl of warming beef brisket ho-fun, this warming soup is laced with chunks of tender beef so it’s pretty much like a hug in a bowl.

41-43 Wardour St, W1D 6PY.

7. Golden Gate Cake Shop (Chinatown)

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Reviewed by Lily Frohlich

Ok, this one’s not technically a restaurant, but I reckon anyone passing through Chinatown should pop into Golden Gate Cake Shop to try their pork buns, if you’re feeling peckish. As well as offering some fantastic savoury buns, their sweet treats are pretty special too. Pick up a red bean pastry or a Pandan cake and stroll down the lantern-strewn street while you munch for maximum effect.

13 Macclesfield St, W1D 5BR.

8. Baozi Inn (Chinatown)

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Reviewed by Lily Frohlich

If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful Chinese option, then Bazoi Inn is your place. Located on the outskirts of Chinatown, Bazoi Inn serves up some really decent Northern Chinese street food at a price that you really can’t complain about. After a swift, sit-down meal you’ll leave feeling suitably satisfied. Try the dan dan noodles and dragon dumplings. If you’re a fan of spicy food you’ll probably feel right at home… Don’t expect much in the way of service with a smile though, because staff are known for being slightly temperamental.

26 Newport Court, WC2H 7JS.

Featured Image: Yauatcha

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