Looking for London’s best Chinese food? Whether you’re craving Cantonese, seeking Szechuan or desperate for dim sum, you’re in the right place…
Lead image: Hutong celebrates Chinese New Year
1 Hutong, London Bridge
Found high up on level 33 of London landmark, The Shard, a trip to Hutong is always a treat. Moody lighting, an indoor tree and Chinese lanterns set the scene for a veritable feast of beautifully cooked – and tableside-shredded – Peking duck. The restaurant serves diverse cuisine from Northern China (based on the ‘Lu school’ cuisine of Shandong Province), mirroring its sister restaurant in Hong Kong. Look out for special menus celebrating Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Level 33, London Bridge Street, Southwark SE1 9SG; hutong.com
2 Yauatcha, Soho & the City
Michelin-starred Yauatcha, another standout offering by Alan Yau (the name behind Hakkasan), serves up killer Cantonese dim sum in a cool, contemporary teahouse-esque environment. Try the pork and prawn shui mai, crispy aromatic duck, truffle pork belly rib and spicy steamed seabass with pickled chilli – you won;t be sorry. Oh, and the desserts are to die for too, combining Asian ingredients with European patisserie techniques.
15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho W1F 0DL; yauatcha.com
3 Imperial Treasure, St James’s
Imperial Treasure – one of Asia’s most admired Michelin-starred Chinese restaurants – opened in London’s Waterloo Place in December 2018. Known for roasting its Peking duck to perfection, Imperial Treasure serves the most authentic iteration of the iconic dish, expertly carving perfectly crisp duck tableside. The menu champions high-end authentic Chinese specialties, including barbecued meats, grilled silver cod, baked crab and exceptional dim sum.
9-10 Waterloo Place, St James’s SW1Y 4BE; imperialtreasure.com
4 Duddell’s, London Bridge
The first international outpost of the celebrated Hong Kong brand, Duddell’s in London Bridge showcases modern interpretations of iconic Cantonese dishes using only the freshest, premium ingredients. The dim sum is delicate and decadent, and the decor is divine – a restored Queen Anne-style church sensitively renovated to resemble a traditional 60s Hong Kong tea restaurant with a splash of the contemporary. Check out the Lunar New Year menu, available from 1-13 February, here.
9a St Thomas Street, London Bridge SE1 9RY; duddells.co
5 Royal China, Baker Street
The Royal China, which has various locations across London, is always a safe pair of hands when it comes to good Chinese food, but there’s always been something special about the Baker Street branch. The iconic, 12-year-old restaurant, reopened on 9 August 2018 following a huge refurb by Stiff and Trevillion. Head Chef Billy Wong skillfully blends authentic Chinese dishes with European ingredients, creating the likes of Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Wild Scottish Lobster and Barbecued Peking Duck, as well as freshly made dim sum from noon till 4.30pm.
38-42 Baker Street W1U 7AJ; theroyalchina.co.uk
6 Min Jiang at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington
The award-winning Min Jiang is located on the 10th floor of The Royal Garden Hotel, overlooking the beautiful Kensington Gardens. The restaurant serves up dim sum, soup, seafood and the works, but it is famed for its Peking duck, cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven following ancient Chinese traditions. Presented in two servings, you can enjoy the first serving inside homemade pancakes with sweet sauce, leek and cucumber, followed by a choice of second serving such as salted vegetable soup with duck and tofu, or fried noodles with sliced duck.
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; minjiang.co.uk
7 Le Chinois, Knightsbridge
Le Chinois Restaurant and Bar offers award-winning modern Cantonese cuisine. Executive Head Chef Anthony Kong earned the restaurant Two AA Rosettes with his innovative menu that regularly features new dishes. Try the likes of whole lobster with Malaysian golden spicy sauce, baked cod fillet with champagne sauce, sautéed Wagyu rib eye in red wine and black pepper sauce, and Peking duck with prawns coated in wasabi mayo. Check out the Chinese New Year menu here.
17 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 9NU; lechinoisrestaurant.co.uk
8 Bugis Street Brasserie, Kensington
Bugis Street Brasserie serves a range of Asian cuisine with Singaporean, Malaysian, Cantonese and Szechuan specialities, although it is predominately Singaporean. Located in a quiet corner of South Kensington, the restaurant serves up a great laksa, as well as soft shell crab, dim sum and a Sunday buffet lunch with a focus on Singaporean street-food. Celebrating Chinese New Year? Check out the celebratory menu, served from 4-16 February, here.
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place Kensington W8 5SR; bugis-street-brasserie.com
9 Shu Xiangge, Chinatown
Shu Xiangge on Gerrard Street specialises in the iconic Mongol-Chinese hotpot – a bubbling broth in which you cook your own ingredients. The soup is made as authentically as possible, using seasonings and utensils imported from the Szechuan province. Choose from meat and vegetable-based broths (the signature fragrant and spicy beef fat oil broth, made with 12 different spices, is quite something), as well as dipping ingredients like finely sliced beef, premium Wagyu, fish, tofu and mushroom.
10 Gerrard Street, Soho W1D 5PW; chinatown.co.uk
10 BaoziInn, Chinatown, London Bridge & Soho
BaoziInn is famed for its colourful all-day Cantonese dim sum with Hunan and Sichuan influences, dan dan noodles and delicious dumplings, skewers and buns. BaoziInn London Bridge is the newest and largest of the three branches, and the menu focuses on a delectable range of Cantonese roast meats with a fiery kick, revolving around a range of regional Northern Chinese street food using only the finest ingredients offering hearty, comforting, affordable, yet adventurous dishes such as Chef’s special recipe barbeque roast duck, crispy roast pork belly and caramelised barbecue roast pork. The roast duck is smoked with cherry wood, and the wonton noodles are flown in specially from Yuen Long, Hong Kong.
34-36 Southwark Street, London Bridge SE1 1TU; baoziinn.com
11 Wun’s Tea Room, Soho
Wun’s Tea Room, a restaurant and bar capturing the spirit of 1960s late night Hong Kong, opened last summer. Launched by husband and wife team Z He and Alex Peffly, the duo behind Soho’s Cantonese steamed bun specialists Bun House, and the Jian Bing trading stall Pleasant Lady, the two-storey lends itself to daytime drop-ins on the ground floor, while the basement more resembles an opulent drinking den. The menu features nostalgic Cantonese dishes from Z’s childhood, including an indulgent XO bone marrow with fried mantau, and clay pot rice dishes of house soy braised aubergine rice and Iberico char siu rice. Sweets will include Hong Kong egg tarts, Osmanthus goji ice cream and Childhood fried milk.
23 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4DZ; tearoom.bar
12 P.F. Chang’s Asian Table, Covent Garden
P.F. Chang’s Asian Table fuses the bold flavours of Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine. The menus combine signature favourites with a selection of seasonal specials, including starters of handmade lobster and shrimp spring rolls, and Gua Bao Buns filled with pulled beef short rib and served with pickled cabbage, and mains like a heaped bowl of rich Mongolian beef or grilled lemongrass lamb chops marinated for 24 hours in soy, lemongrass and sesame oil. For the sweet lovers, P.F. Chang’s Pastry Lab offers desserts made exclusively by pastry chef Helen Clark, including the signature chocolate fondant.
10 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JA; pfchangs.co.uk
13 Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall, Colindale
London’s largest Asian foodhall, Bang Bang Oriental encompasses a food court, restaurant and community space. The restaurant, The Golden Dragon, is a modern, stylish restaurant offering classic Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting. The menu offers up dim sum and hot pot specialities served on ceramic heating panels to keep everything piping hot and delicious. It’s sister restaurant, The Golden Dragon in Chinatown, is one of the most popular Cantonese & Peking restaurants in Soho.
399 Edgware Road NW9 0FH; bangbangoriental.com