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Time Out says
Tue Oct 16 2012
Browsing around the farmers’ market on the small square opposite Hunan helped hone our appetite. Inside, the plain white-walled dining room, furnished in pale wooden furniture, is cheered up by elegant Chinese prints and artefacts. For many years, the kitchen here has specialised in regional Chinese food – often chilli-hot, Hunanese-style; sometimes Taiwan-influenced.
We were informed about the ‘no choice’ menu and asked how spicy we wanted our dishes. Next, a dozen tapas-sized dishes arrived in a random sequence. First was a tasty minced chicken with diced vegetables on a lettuce leaf. The portions may be small, but don’t expect dinky flavours: we were never far from a garlic and chilli hit. Japanese influences came to the fore with tofu wrapped in seaweed, and then, best of all, a feather-light tempura of french beans. Stir-fried lamb with baby garlic shoots was another rousing success. The only duff note came at the end, with a chewy red-bean pancake (saved by a delicate almond-flavoured agar-agar jelly).
Service is friendly, although staff can get confused with the order in which dishes appear. An enterprising wine list rounded off a splendid lunch.
020 7730 5712
- Opening hours:
Lunch served 12.30-2pm, dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat
Tube: Sloane Square tube
Set lunch £29.80 per person (minimum 2). Set dinner £44.80 per person (minimum 2)
- 020 7730 5712
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant and bar facilities. Take away. Reservations required. Vegetarian dishes
Eating out. Creative cooking. Unique. Unique London