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Dragon Castle

Restaurants, Chinese Elephant & Castle
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(20user reviews)
Dragon Castle, 2016

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Cantonese restaurant near Elephant and Castle.

Like to live life on the edge? Then this family-run Cantonese restaurant is the won(ton) for you. Once you’re past the impressively ostentatious entrance (koi carp pond, gigantic gold-studded wooden doors flanked by a stone dragon statue) and into the slightly cold-feeling dining room, you’re treated to food that’s either great or a bit disappointing – with seemingly nothing in between.

Duck taro croquettes were nauseatingly oily, spring rolls were bland and the filling to the BBQ pork cheung fun was scanty and dry. But stewed XO tripe in black-pepper sauce was a gently spiced and impressively delicate dish, while prawn dumplings were squidgy and excellent.

A main course of ‘Chairman Mao pork belly’ turned out to be intensely rich and melt-in-the-mouth soft; with his kitchen talents, the totalitarian leader was clearly wasted on politics. Is this a place for a guaranteed delicious meal? No. Is it possible to have delicious food here? Yes. But it’ll involve a bit of chance and canny picking.


Address: 100 Walworth Rd
SE17 1JL
Transport: Tube: Elephant & Castle
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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Users say (20)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:16
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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The symbolic red Chinese doors on the front is always closed but it is not. You enter by the side doors of the restaurant. We've been to Dragon Castle a few years ago but only had the a la carte menu. It was pretty good and prices were reasonable so when we heard they started doing dimsum, we went to try it. It was very average dimsum. Even the chef's special dimsum didn't feel very special. Portions were tiny and the fried dimsums that we had were very oily. The egg tart, I thought, was the best dimsum dish. We also had a mixed meat crispy noodle dish (from the a la carte menu) which was much better compared to the dimsums. 

We spent about £20.00 per person (including service charge and tea).

Service, although not rude but was very brusque and hence, we didn't feel welcome. 

We go there a fair bit as it’s local. Standard dim sum place. Staff, as noted elsewhere, do not seem to go out of their way to be friendly. Barn-like room which can be freezing if you go for lunch and get there before the heating has kicked in. Sitting next to a window I have had to wear both coat and hat. Relief is in sight however as a new entrance is to be installed, finally putting an end to the howling gale which accompanies new arrivals. Perhaps better in the summer?

Incredible rude staff. As soon as we walked in from doing some groceries shopping on the Walworth Rd, they looked at my and mother up and down as we were scum. I over looked it as i had always wanted to try it and didn't feel like walking to Borough, where I always go for Chinese and Dim Sum. We were sat, looked over the menu.

First thing, the menu is incredibly outdated and hard to find things in. 

Once we finally decided what we wanted, we could feel eyes staring (from the waiters and talking about us) my poor mother was mortified. 

Once finally 1 waitress got to us, another stepped in and took over in a very abrupt and disrespectful manner. 

I finally had enough and gathered my belonging and left. 

Never have i been so disrespect and insulted by such a cheaply made, outdated and snooty place. Mind you i been to Sexy fish, Hakkasan, Sushi  Samba.  Even the greasy Chinese in the E&C shopping center is more welcoming than this place. 

100% do not recommend! Do not come here, the wait staff are absolute brutes and incredible rude and disrespectful. I was shocked by such bad customer service, acting as if their establishment was in Chelsea when they are in Walworth road in the ghetto. 


Given the proximity of this establishment to where I live, I had to give it a go as sometimes, you just really need yum cha and don’t want to have to trek a long way to get it (read: when you’re a little dusty from the night before).

What we had: 

  • King Prawn Dumpling
  • Supreme XO Scallop Dumpling
  • Turnip Cakes
  • Three Delicacies Cheung Fun (prawn, pork & fish)
  • Mixed Meat Buns Shanghai Style
  • Steam Sponge Cake

Given that there were so many Chinese people dining there that afternoon, we felt that it was a good sign! The dim sum here in general is not bad, though I have to say there weren’t any major stand out items. All the dishes were fairly good; however I felt the turnip cake was perhaps a little oilier than other establishments. The sponge cake was probably my favourite, light and airy and not too sweet. The service is typically quick and no-fuss, as expected of Chinese restaurants in general. Overall a good cheap and cheerful option in an area that doesn’t have that many yum cha options.

Tip: There wasn’t a line when we went on a Sunday afternoon so I don’t believe bookings are necessary.

Good For: casual yum cha, cheap and cheerful, quick meal, large groups.


Dragon Castle's crispy pork buns are the best I have ever tasted - rich buttery flaky pastry that melts in the mouth, with a delicious pork centre. Good enough to justify a trip there for them on their own. That said, all of the dumplings are freshly cooked and taste divine. Well flavoured, well sized and swiftly served. 

There's none of the usual 'eat-fast-and-give-back-the-table-as-quickly-as-you-can' service here either. Sit back, relax and enjoy the food. And book in advance if you can, as this is a popular place with locals, tourists and students alike. 

Best place ever food amazing staff so friendly decor spectacular if I could go to one restaurant for the rest of my life it would be DRAGON CASTLE! 🐲🐲🐲

Our favourite Chinese restaurant, dim sum menu, 2nd to none. Sugar cane prawn lollipop, superb. 3-meat dish wonderful. I can not recommend this restaurant enough.

We head here at least twice a month. Great family orientated family restaurant and reasonably priced

My friends and I always make sure to catch up over a dimsum lunch whenever we can. reasonable prices and no need to go to Chinatown- bonus!

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