Award-winning New York restaurant RedFarm has brought its playful Chinese cuisine to Covent Garden.
This is RedFarm’s first venture outside of New York, where it’s had 7 years of roaring success. Quite the celebrity haunt, the Manhattan restaurant has previously been visited by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul McCartney. The brand quickly became known for its finely crafted and playful presentation of food, including figurative dim sum such as the ultra cute Pac-Man dumplings.
Taking a fresh approach to Chinese cuisine, Chef Joe Ng’s menu offers a remarkable selection of small plates: from his signature Spicy Crispy Beef and Pastrami Egg Rolls, to the Pac-Man Shrimp Dumplings and Pork & Crab Soup Dumplings, which are served with a straw so you can sip the tasty broth inside. Main dishes include Marinated & Grilled Dingley Dell Pork Chop with Basil & Lemongrass and Shrimp-Stuffed Crispy Chicken.
RedFarm is set across three floors of an old townhouse and has a cosy and casual vibe – but more importantly, it has two on-site bars. While the ground floor bar serves a range of wines, craft beers and quirky cocktails, the second bar is hidden above the dining areas and is a more intimate affair. Named Toots n Hoots, the bar will serve imaginative cocktails shaken up by famed New York mixologist Shawn Chen, as well as a selection of RedFarm bar snacks.
Location: 9 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ. Nearest station: Covent Garden. See it on Google maps.
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 5-10.30pm. Thursday to Saturday, 5-11pm.
Bookings: RedFarm is a non-reservation restaurant but customers are encouraged to call or email in advance of their desired arrival time so they can be added to a waiting list to avoid queuing outside.
More information: on their website.