© Tricia de Courcy Ling
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Tue Oct 16 2012
Manchurian Legends, cousin of nearby Leong’s Legends, offers faithful renditions of the hearty rib-sticking cuisine of China’s frosty north. Robust stews from the north-east are well executed; braised pork with glass noodles was a rich, melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked triumph of meat and starch. Stewed chicken with tea-tree mushrooms had similarly rich and tender meat, but this time with wonderfully springy fungus.
The true test of a north-western Chinese restaurant is whether it can properly execute yang rou chuan, the classic Muslim lamb kebabs that are popular – and delicious – street food throughout the People’s Republic. Manchurian Legends serves the best we’ve had in London; the small morsels of nicely fatty lamb are cooked until the fat melts, and liberally doused in the signature chilli-cumin-sesame topping. Another Xinjiang classic, ‘big plate chicken’, is a wonderful symphony of spicy chicken, root vegetables and giant noodles (truly enormous: they look like tripe) in a star anise-infused broth.
In July 2012, Manchurian Legends moved to Lisle Street, occupying the pleasant if cosy tented dining room that formerly housed the short-lived Wulumuchi. The elegant surroundings are a step up in class; and the food certainly transcends that produced by the previous inhabitants.
Manchurian Legends 16 Lisle Street
020 7287 6606
- Opening hours:
Meals served 11am-11pm Mon-Wed, Sun; 11am-11.30pm Thur-Sat
Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Main courses £7.50-£12.80. Set lunch £5.50-£11 2 courses. Set dinner £18.80-£23.80 2 courses
- 16 Lisle Street
- 020 7287 6606
- 16 Lisle Street
- Manchurian Legends
Food and drink
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Dinner. Accessible facilities
Meal times. Best for dinner