Fun Karaoke and real Chinese food! After just returning from China after living there for two years, I have been in desperate need for some authentic Chinese food. Thank goodness for China City. The food is exactly the same as when I was in China, especially the dim sum. I went here last Saturday for my birthday and really enjoyed singing and eating for five hours with my pals. Very reasonably priced, lovely atmosphere, and excellent service. This will definitely be my new regular night out!
The best Chinese food in London
Time Out charts the top places to go for the best Chinese cuisine in the capital
London's best dim sum
Pearl LiangStylish restaurant with courgette prawn dumplings and duck slices chiu chow-style among the treats. Pearl Liang, 8 Sheldon Square, W2 6EZ (020 7289 7000) Paddington tube/rail.
Royal China ClubSome of the most interesting dim sum in London – lobster dumplings in yellow wine sauce and dover sole cheung fun, to name but two. Royal China Club, 40 Baker St, W1U 7AJ (020 7486 3898) Baker St tube.
YauatchaHere dim sum can be enjoyed late into the evening. The ma la phoenix claws (chicken feet) are divine.Yauatcha, 15 Broadwick St, W1F 0DL (020 7494 8888) Oxford Circus tube.
Best regional cooking
Bar ShuDishes like ‘numbing and hot dried beef’ live up to the name and then some. MSG-free. Bar Shu, 28 Frith St, W1D 5LF (020 7287 6688) Leicester Square tube.
Snazz SichuanDelicious, no-nonsense Sichuanese food. Sadly, the hotpot menu is not available in English. MSG-free.Snazz Sichuan, 37 Chalton St, NW1 1JD (020 7388 0808) King’s Cross or Euston tube/rail.
Shangri-La Hunan CuisineEarthy, hearty Hunan-style cooking at its best. Get there while you still can, as Oriental City’s impending closure is looming. MSG-free.Shangri-La Hunan Cuisine, Oriental City, 399 Edgware Rd, NW9 0JJ (020 8200 9838) Colindale tube.
Chinatown on a budget
Café de HKQuintessential Hong Kong café fare, from soothing noodle soups and crisp chow mein to spag bol and condensed milk on toast. Café de HK, 47-49 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0AN (020 7534 9898) Leicester Square tube.
Café TPTBustling modern Hong Kong-style restaurant that’s a great pitstop for noodles, rice and roasted meats. Café TPT, 21 Wardour St, W1D 6PN (020 7734 7980) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube.
Jen CaféBig flavours for minuscule prices. The pork-and-chive dumplings are a must. Jen Café, 4-8 Newport Place, WC2H 7JP (020 7287 9708) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube.
Fine dining Chinese style
China TangGo for seductive 1930s Shanghai opulence and dishes comprising old homestyle favourites and decadent banquet fare. MSG-free.China Tang, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA (020 7629 9988) Hyde Park Corner tube.
HakkasanThe epitome of ‘creative Chinese’ cuisine served in lavish surrounds. The chic-est night out in the capital. Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD (020 7907 1888) Tottenham Court Rd tube.
Kai MayfairExtravagantly named dishes, from ‘parcels of prosperity’ to ‘union of land and sea’, with extravagant prices to match.Kai Mayfair, 65 South Audley St, W1K 2QU (020 7493 8988) Bond Street or Marble Arch tube.
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The new wave of Chinese food in London
Bar Shu has is over-priced and under-spiced. Unfortunately, this restaurant has decided to lose authenticity for their ill-guided perception of what Londoners want. Worst of all, if you ask for the food to be prepared as it would be done in Szechuan, they refuse to believe you! The fiery taste of Szechuan food has been quashed, leaving the diner with only a numbing bill at the end of the meal.
One of the best chinese place I have been to is Noodle Noodle in Buckingham Palace road. I go there with work mates all the time and the quality of food is very good. The only thing that lets the place down in its lack of space...