1 Gerrard Place
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Tue Oct 16 2012
Having closed in 2011, New World has had a kitchen refit and is back in business. A banqueting restaurant of the old school, it’s got the lot: dining rooms over several floors; red and gold rooms adorned with hanging lanterns; and a melting pot of clientele, from tourists to entire Cantonese families. It’s also one of the only remaining places to offer a traditional dim sum trolley service, where everything from sliced roasted duck to egg custard tarts is on offer.
Cooking, however, is inconsistent. On our visit, dishes off the trolley were often tepid, or brittle: the pastry of our cheung fun fell apart on contact, though the pieces of char sui it contained were excellent. Plates from the à la carte were equally mixed: ho fun was an overcooked, starchy mass topped with beef of dubious quality, yet the crispy noodles were exceptional, seeing a base of soft chow mein with crunchy fried edges layered with a light oyster sauce and al dente pieces of Chinese broccoli, straw mushrooms and fresh (not tinned) bamboo shoots.
Service, always efficient, veered from pushy to gracious, but costs remain low, making this iconic spot still worth a punt.
New World 1 Gerrard Place
020 7434 2508
- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-11.45pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri; 11am-midnight Sat; 11am-11pm Sun. Dim sum served noon-6pm Mon-Fri; 11am-6pm Sat, Sun
Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Main courses £7-£25. Dim sum £2.65-£13. Set meal £15.90-£23.50 per person (minimum 5). Minimum (after 6pm) £5
- 1 Gerrard Place
- 020 7434 2508
- 1 Gerrard Place
- New World
Food and drink
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant and bar facilities. Take away. Vegetarian dishes. Bookings not accepted
Going in a group. Late night