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Mama Lan

Restaurants, Chinese Shoreditch
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A sixth outpost from the dumpling-focused social-media success story.

I hadn’t expected to leave this Shoreditch branch of the Beijing dumpling specialist bowled over by a cold, slippery noodle salad that I’d only ordered as an afterthought. But then I hadn’t expected to be nonplussed by the dumplings either. All I could think of when tucking into one filled with beef and spring onion was: Cornish pasty, a foodstuff I find baffling at the best of times, let alone when it’s masquerading as dim sum – like a butch northern (or, I suppose, southern) brickie slipping into a chemise.

Still, everything else here was ace. That glorious noodle salad had punchy hits of chilli, good-quality shredded chicken, al dente noodles and a scattering of crushed peanuts for texture and salt. Crispy chicken wings were great too, as were chicken ‘buns’, even if I’d have preferred a steamed bun to the grilled, flat ones served here.

I didn’t love the room, though. It’s as high as it’s wide and not helped by stark, sterile lighting. At least cheery staff improved the vibe. And they were well-drilled enough to suggest they’ll be adept at catering for the quick lunches and pre-party pit stops for which this place seems set up.

Details

Address: Unit 9, Avant Garde
London
E1 6LD
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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Users say (2)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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This place is just as good as the original in Brixton but with about triple the seating! 

I had a great experience here, with way too much food to eat, at a very reasonable price. You have to get the noodles in a beef soup (rice - thinner noodles recommended), just delicious, & filling. They actually remind me a lot of the noodle soups in Beijing, just with much better quality meat! You have to add some vinegar and soy sauce into it though. Would also recommend the dumplings as a side, make sure you dip it in the vinegar, thats how they do in Beijing!


We took advantage of the 50% opening deal. Very disappointing. We won't visit again. My husband had the shrimp salad which was basically undercooked noodles (very few) topped with a bucked load of bean sprouts and 6 shrimps without flavour (not that the rest had flavor). I had the wonton soup which was flavourfree and had some noodles and pak choi in it. The wontons were very unexciting. The beef bun we had was fine but nothing extraordinary either. I am glad we only payed 50%.

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