Mongolian hotpot is a communal affair, and young groups of Chinese stream into Little Lamb to cook choice titbits in bowls of bubbling stock. The restaurant is small and simply furnished, with a dark wooden bar at the rear and plain wooden tables, each with a hotplate inset. There’s a similarly attired room in the basement. Choose your stock (you can have up to three, partitioned in the same bowl) and the raw ingredients to cook, from a long list of meat, seafood, mushrooms, beancurd, vegetables and noodles. The £20 set meal is a good deal, entitling diners (minimum of two) to a stock and five ingredients. We plumped for ‘herbal tonic and spicy twin-flavours pot’ – half tangy, half faintly medicinal – into which we chucked lamb, tea-tree mushrooms, rice cakes, wax gourd (like sliced marrow) and pea shoots. Portions are enormous: the mushrooms were chewy and ungainly; rice cakes came as slippery lozenges. The plateful of wafer-thin sliced lamb was cooked in a trice, as were the leafy pea shoots, yet as our eating-bowls were scarcely bigger than tea-cups, attempts to keep up with the cooking process resulted in scalded tongues. Good messy fun nonetheless.
|Venue name:||Little Lamb||Contact:|
72 Shaftesbury Avenue
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-10.30pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube|
|Price:||Set meal £20 per person (minimum 2).|
Average User Rating
3.4 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Took bike to W1. Had a magic Mongolian meal at the Little Lamb, 72 W1D 6NA. Friendly atmosphere, great food, super service. Go as 2 or more.</p>— Jock Hall (@JockRH) <a href="https://twitter.com/JockRH/statuses/479391475856592896">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Terrible food, terrible service, terrible hygiene and yet relatively expensive (presumably due to location). We visited (Oct 2012) relying upon the TimeOut review and rating and were mightily disappointed. With all the beautiful food and restaurants available in Soho and Chinatown it would be a real mistake to venture here. Specifically, meatballs were so tough you could barely bite into them and when you did, they tasted like spam/dog food, spicy broth was tasteless, mushrooms were like flavourless whelks, bathrooms were disgusting - couldn't wait to leave, honestly.
I have travelled in Thailand, India and Africa and event the dirtiest street food stall in either of those places had better hygiene than Little Lamb. The prawns, bamboo and squid were good but the rest of the food did not look fresh at all. The waitress’ hands –specially her nails- looked disgusting. With no permission, she took my chop sticks and pick up a piece of crab form the table and put it back on the plate! I am not squeamish nor picky about food but a food lover and cook often myself, this place was absolutely disgusting!