Time Out says
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.
30 Wardour Street
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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Users say (10)
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
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This an old family favorite, which we visit any time we're in London. The dim sum is excellent, and the roast duck is the best I've eaten anywhere. Ask for it off the bone...it's sublime.
We normally try at least one new dish when we eat there, our last being giant prawns with egg yolk, which were fantastic!
The menu is huge....so there's something for everyone.
BTW...ignore any comments about service. This is a big, bustling Chinese restaurant, not a 5 star French one. The service is efficient and perfectly fine.
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.
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.
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