Wong Kei

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Wong Kei

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  • Address:

    Wong Kei 41-43 Wardour Street
    London
    W1D 6PY

  • Venue phone:

    020 7437 8408

  • Venue website:

    www.wongkeilondon.com

  • Opening hours:

    Meals served noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun

  • Transport:

    Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube

  • Price:

    Main courses £4.40-£10. Set meal £9.50-£14.50 per person (minimum 2)

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Sophie
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I've been here over a thousand times and never ever been disappointed. The portions are huge, the price is cheap, the food is divine and the service is ridiculously fast. I get cravings for this place on almost a daily basis. As long as you aren't fussy about sitting on a shared table (which you shouldn't be - I've met some hilarious and fascinating people this way - many of whom are Wong Kei veterans) then this place is perfect. The "rudeness" of the staff adds to the experience and should just be taken with a pinch of salt. Their manner also adds to the Cantonese authenticity of the place, making it more authentic than many of the other Chinatown restaurants. Service here is as it is in China. They aren't overly rude either, especially not the younger ones. They're polite but efficient. I, like hundreds of thousands of other repeat customers, really love this place. It's legendary and I will continue to go back until my dying day!

Squinancy
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I was invited by a friend to dine at Wong Kei in 1984. I still keep returning there several times a month. Almost uninterrupted for thirty years. Inimitable old school, very good food at 'real' prices. Table talk starts almost immediately, but it is also possible to stay solo and sip the trademark free jasmine tea at your leisure. The staff has only ever been 'imitation' rude to achieve notoriety and through that, popularity. They succeeded. They have in fact gone a bit soft lately. Sign of the times. The number of regulars keeps increasing. Long may this outfit continue and prosper.

Andres
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Having lived in China a while back, I am always looking for Chinese restaurants in London that can take me back to the amazing food I had when I was there. I started to go to Wong Kei in 1993. The place may not look exuberant, staff may not ask you every two minutes if everything's alright and I have seen better food presentation in a McDonald's BUT when it comes to having a cheap, fun and tasty eating-out unique experience Wong Kei is second to none. From the tasty and filling hot-pots, the garlic-y Broccoli, the brisket of beef with rice, the braised pork in preserved veg to the steamed sea bass and the crispy pork and roasted duck fried noodles. I have always brought tourists and friends there and it has never let me down to this day (including Vegan/Vegetarians). People from all walks of live, snobs and paupers have invariably taken away some rare fond memory of the place. Let it be the free "magic" tea that the more you drink the more you can it or the fact that you sit with people you don't know and they don't seem to mind having their conversations broadcasted right in front of you... And all of this, for around £5 to £10 per head (depending on greediness).

Pauke A

My husband and I have been going to Wong Kei for over 25 years. When our children were born they joined us .All this time we have been regular customers (at least once a week). Therefore we were shocked to discover that after Wong Kei re-opened after a 'refurbishment' the old staff were gone only to be replaced by rude, arrogant, jelled up to the eyeball unpleasant staff. As if this wasn't bad enough we were bitterly disappointed to discover that the quality of the food had left with the previous staff. Where we were always assured of a quick, good quality tasty meal, we were left with a dissatisfied feeling of disappointment when we discovered that we no longer will be able to share our regular family dinner at Wong Kei as we will not go there anymore. The food is less then mediocre-if not below the average standard of a cheap supermarket dinner.

Where are the old cooks and staff? Bring them back!!!! 

bad b

The Family...

                   Remember the WK when it was in Rupert Court. Had the best Wan Tun Noodle soup even then. Been eating there for over 45 years and once met the old owners one late evening back in the early 90s and they were charming. The food is consistently good and cheap. Still gather to eat there....no cheques...no cards cash only { -upstairs...upstairs!!!] A gem of a time-warp. Not for the uninitiated or folk who take themselves too seriously...



For the uninitiated, Wong Kei's must be like something from a British sitcom but once you've experienced it a couple of times, it becomes a hilarious dining experience. I've been eating here since the 1990s and never once have I had poor food. 

The waiters brusqueness is legendary, part of the experience of a Wong Kei's visit for us was to see how quick we could get into an argument with one (never anything major, just trying to exchange a meat dish for a vegetarian one in the banquet set menu resulted in most of the table collapsing in giggles), or how fast they could serve up a meal for 12 people (very!).

Reasonably priced, always capable of taking a table of 10 - 12 people late on a Saturday evening, oodles of tasty food and free Chinese tea, what more can you ask for?

I note they've got new owners and have undergone a refurbishment - that can only be a good thing in terms of having to visit the toilets (which you didn't if at all possible) but I hope they've not done away with all the things which made Wong Kei's unique in Chinatown.

Marion

My parents have been eating at Wong Kei when they were in their twenties during the 1970s, and forty years later, they still go there because the food is delicious and reasonably-priced. I'm now in my twenties and I go there too. Wong Kei serves simple no-nonsense food. They don't try to reinvent any dishes, or decorate their menu with gimmicky items. During our last visit in June 2013, the service was pretty good; certainly resembles the service you get from a traditional cha-chaan-teng diner in Hong Kong (not a bad thing!)

Ade

Been going here since I was 3 years old (23 now), food it tasty, fast and enjoyable. What more could you ask for? A lot of chinese people choose to go here (I am half chinese) which shows it's a great place for proper chinese food...

Lilli

I am having lunch at this 'canteen' every time I am in London and have done so for many years. No idea where the myth of unfriendly staff comes from. Fresh food for little money, addictive chilli oil and always someone to have a chat with at the shared tables.

John

This place is fkin hilarious. Really bad service but great food. You don't come here for good service, you come here for a good laugh.The service is comical.

Zeus

Wonkies used to be our favourite Chinese restaurant back in 90s and I was really looking forward to eating there as I hadn’t visited the old place for a few years. What a disappointment. All the chicken and prawn dishes that we ordered were undercooked, bland and didn't taste all that great. Never again :(