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Jen Café

Restaurants, Chinese Chinatown
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Jen Cafe, Chinatown

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

If dumplings drive you to deliriums of delight, make friends with Jen – a Chinatown café where the pillowy parcels reign supreme.

This green-painted café occupies a prominent Chinatown corner site where you can often watch the cooks sitting in front of the windows wrapping the hand-made dumplings. The cheapest dish is the northern Chinese snack of jiao zi, on this menu called ‘Beijing dumplings’, costing a mere fiver: eight white sachets like overfilled ravioli, in either a pork or vegetarian version. The same dumplings fried are guo tie, ‘fried dumplings’, at £6; also called ‘pot stickers’ in American English, these are closely related to Japanese gyoza. The wonton soup is yet another variation on this, and is worth the £6 for the intensely savoury stock.

There are plenty of other dishes served at this simple, no-frills café, from buttered toast through barbecued pork to Hong Kong-style tea and Taiwanese-style bubble teas, but it’s the freshly-made dumplings that keep us coming back. 


By: Guy Dimond



Address: 4-8 Newport Place
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
Price: Main courses £5-£16. Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £25.
Opening hours: Meals served 10.30am-9.30pm Thur-Sun.
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3 out of 5 stars

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