Gerrard's Corner

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An old-fashioned Chinese restaurant on Wardour Street.

Gerrard’s Corner is the kind of Chinese restaurant that feels like it’s been around for ever. Set in the beating heart of Chinatown on the corner of Wardour and Gerrard Streets, this large, bustling dining room is properly old-school and unpretentious. Think neat, white tablecloths, slightly scuffed red carpets and big round banquet tables packed out with regulars.

Although they serve up a host of classics, the dim sum dumplings are the stars of the menu. Packed with fresh filling, the casing of my plump, sweet prawn and chive number achieved the perfect balance between elasticity and translucency – a dumpling Holy Grail. The rich crabmeat version that followed was even better, served with a whole scallop balanced on top and cut through with sweet, clean cucumber. One warning: avoid the fried dishes on this menu; they’re pretty greasy and can’t compete with their steamed cousins.

This is the kind of rough Chinatown diamond I wish I’d always known about, so on leaving, I asked how long it had been open. No one knew. The fact is, you don’t really need to. Embrace the time warp – you’ll be going here for ever.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Gerrard's Corner
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Address: 30 Wardour Street
London
W1D 6QW
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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3.6 / 5

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Tastemaker

Yet another Chinatown restaurant with not a lot of personality, that can offer a good enough experience if you know how to navigate the menu. I quite like their see through steamed dumpling options, with combos that make for a great lunch.

tastemaker

Gutted about this place! I only went for the dim sum, but they were nowhere in sight at our 6.30 reservation. Do they stop serving these in the evening? I tried enquiring from several waiters but they're in always such a hurry they really don't care much. The whole meal felt rushed - we were in and out in half an hour, as they grabbed anything empty right away and didn't leave us a minute to relax, which is unfortunate.


And sadly, otherwise the menu is very much like your local takeaway - same sauces, different meat. I tried the deep fried bean curd with prawn paste but it could have been anything croquette-y really; the squid was OK but not different from your local, again.


Disappointed!

tastemaker

I thought this place was excellent! Had the luxury of going midweek and mid afternoon so no queues, the dim sum was lovely and very reasonably priced(£3/4 per option). Highly recommend the BBQ pork steamed bun and the custard steamed bun dessert is oddly great!

Tastemaker

I'm not 100% sure whether there are two Gerrard's Corner restaurants, or whether we just made the rookie mistake of coming on a Saturday night during Chinese New Year. Probably the latter. We waited 15mins for a table, which was fine, since there were queues out of the door everywhere. I don't mind a bit of tacky decor either - in fact I find tacky decor an indication of genuine good food at Chinese restaurant. Once we sat down and ordered though, it went a bit downhill. The menu was somewhat overwhelming so we went for a set menu (perhaps another mistake), which was £30 for two. We had chicken and sweetcorn soup to start - very gloomy and minimal chicken, with a strong maggi stock flavour - with prawn crackers. The egg fried rice was warm and tasty and there was a lot of it but the stir fry mix vegetables were limp and flavoured with the same gloopy maggi stock as the soup. The sweet and sour chicken and black bean beef were both tasty but sadly lacking in portion size, about a half serve between two people. Basically, don't go during new year, don't go on a Saturday and don't order set menu, then maybe you'll be okay.

tastemaker

Look no further - this is THE BEST DIM SUM RESTAURANT IN LONDON. Authentic, delicious and every so slightly crazy. Don't expect personable service as that's not what this place is about. What it is about is succulent dumplings, ribs that fall apart as soon as you touch them and the best selection of dim sum in Chinatown. 


TIP - Try the 'runny custard buns'. No words can describe how delicious they are, and they are a speciality here. Oh, and book if you can, otherwise you could face a bit of a long queue. 

tastemaker

Now I understand why this restaurant always has a line outside!

I came here last weekend with my aunt and my brother for a Sunday dim sum lunch. I had actually made a reservation a few days beforehand but we still had to end up waiting about 15 minutes before we were seated, as they were clearing out our table. All was forgiven though once we ordered and tasted the food!


We ordered most of the typical items such as egg tarts, BBQ pork steamed buns and custard steamed buns. My favourite was the last because the steamed bun had a good thickness - not too thick or hard, it tasted quite fresh and was super fluffy - and the custard filling oozed out perfectly when bitten. Another impressive dish was the pork and preserved egg congee - there was a huge amount of pork at the bottom of the bowl and an equally generous amount of preserved egg, which is unlike most restaurants I've been to in Chinatown. 


Service was also pretty quick. Once the first few items arrived, the rest did too within a reasonable amount of time given that they were rather busy. 


A delicious dim sum lunch that all three of us were impressed with!

Tastemaker

I have lived in London nearly 3 years now and i've attempted to have a Chinese meal maybe ten or eleven times and been met by disappointment every single time, until I tried Gerrard's Corner. I'm not professing to be an expert on Chinese cuisine, it's just maybe that the others have not been what I'm used to. We joined what was quite a long queue to get inside, but once it started moving we were seated in under twenty minutes. The service was impeccable with maybe three waiters/waitresses attending to our table throughout the evening making sure we had enough to drink etc. I wasn't very adventurous with my food this time, opting for the Singapore style fried vermicelli (I don't remember it's exact name!) but following its success I will be heading back for something different. My friends were not made aware that they had to order the rice to their main courses separately however, so they were all a bit disappointed when their food came out on its own. 


Everytime I walked by Chinatown I would see loads of people queuing outside this restaurant and always thought "It must be very good if so many people want to have lunch there" but never actually ate in it until last saturday. I was very late for lunch after finding that two of the restaurants I wanted to eat in were closed and decided to give this a go. I expected it to be half empty as it was 4pm already but yet the place was pretty crowded.
I had 5 different types of dim sum plus duck in orange sauce. Everything was superb. Maybe, the pork on hoisin sauce dim sum should've had more pork and less sauce but overall it was brilliant.
I am definitely coming back to try the rest of the dumplings they have on the menu.