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Kaifeng is named after the Chinese city in Hunan province, where Jews lived as long ago as the tenth century. It has traded here – away from the main Hendon restaurant scene – for 25 years. The dining room is a long, dark space with white linen on the tables.

The menu lists expensive Chinese kosher food of the old-fashioned kind: generally tasty and slightly oily, though with an encouragingly large choice for vegetarians. Seaweed or spring rolls are reliable starters, but our five-spices bean curd came in bland cubes.

A clear spicy fish soup lacked kick too, as did cold bang bang chicken: the strips of breast were tender enough, but were covered in a cloying sauce with no hint of chilli, ginger or sesame oil. Things looked up with the crispy aromatic duck; a generous portion of pulled duck meat with crispy skin arrived with the requisite pancakes, hoi sin sauce and strips of cucumber and spring onion. We also enjoyed a comforting bowl of phat thai noodles with slivers of beef and lamb.

Portions are generous, but presentation could have more finesse. Service (charged at 15%) was competent, yet sometimes lacked attention to detail.

Venue name: Kaifeng
Address: 51 Church Road
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun. Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 1hr after sabbath-11pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Hendon Central tube
Price: Main courses £6.95-£24. Set lunch £20-£23 per person (minimum 2), £27-£42 per person (minimum 4). Set dinner £26-£32 per person (minimum 2), £38-£60 per person (minimum 4)
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David Gross

Yes, it is expensive but to me it is great value for what you get. The food is the best kosher I have had, delicious and plentiful. The restaurant is unlike any kosher establishment in the world. Fine art displayed on dark panelled walls and the staff are helpful and friendly. Must try the Crispy Aromatic Duck!!!