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Pearl Liang

Restaurants, Chinese Paddington
3 out of 5 stars
(18user reviews)
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Time Out says

Don’t let the Crossrail construction works around Paddington station or the less-than-lovely glass and concrete tower blocks put you off coming here. The spacious room is a real looker – sexy enough to get even a panda in the mood for love – with its dark slate flooring, mauve chair covers, and flower blossom designs that appear on lampshades and a long wall mural. There’s a moodily lit cocktail bar too. Pearl Liang remains very popular – the place was already heaving when we arrived.

The extensive menu focuses on Cantonese fare, but also strays into south-east Asia with the likes of phad thai and kway teow. Luxury ingredients such as abalone and shark’s fin appear in various guises. We’ve yet to be disappointed with the dim sum (visit during the day for the full selection). Steamed dumplings take pride of place, including prawn laced with a smear of wasabi. The inventive streak continued with heavenly morsels filled with prawn, courgette and celery, while prawn and barbecued pork versions of cheung fun provided a medley of umami flavours. Diced water chestnuts gave a lovely bounce to fried octopus cake, with a hint of coriander adding a final exotic touch. A dish of lobster noodles was slightly overcooked. Service was fast, but not, thankfully, furious.




Address: 8 Sheldon Square
W2 6EZ
Transport: Tube: Paddington tube/rail
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Users say (18)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:6
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Pity to see some poor reviews here - I am compelled to wade in with my own point of view. I work nearby and usually have dim sum for lunch about once a week. The standard is top notch and the menu works well for both the classics and the unusual. For the price I think it is hard to find another place in town that delivers such quality, at a good price, in nice surroundings. Service is also fast and efficient. Thumbs up!

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We visited this place last night for dinner and had a great time. The service was good and the food was amazing! Dim Sum, Pak Choi & the brazed pork belly highly recommended! The only reason I've not given it 4 stars is because they 'forgot' to apply our 15% discount which was confirmed when we booked...and were quite annoyed when we asked for it to be taken from the bill. But overall a very good experience!


I don't understand the poor reviews here at all. Pearl Liang is my family's go-to restaurant for good dim sum and our first choice for our annual Chinese New Year reunion lunch. Having tried nearly all the dim sum restaurants in London (truly) Pearl Liang rates right up there as my absolute favourite. A true test of any dim sum restaurant is the crystal prawn dumplings  and Pearl Liang nails it every time. Their a la carte menu is just as gorgeous - the lobster noodles and the steamed crab tofu are my favourites. Do book if you're going on a weekend - lunch time gets really busy!


I’m always on the hunt for a great Chinese restaurant - sometimes I just crave yum cha, or the homey Chinese dishes that my mum would make, or the dishes my parents would order when I’m home. Although this place is a bit out of the way, I would definitely be back and would love to come back to try their dinner menu as the dim sum for yum cha was generally very good. The fried dishes weren’t too oily and the steamed dishes consistent and not overcooked (sometimes dumplings can be over steamed and the pastry can fall apart too easily and break when you pick the dumpling up). Pearl Liang has a good selection of dim sum and they also do the egg tarts with the traditional flakey pastry (as opposed to the short crust pastry that you see more often nowadays). My only criticism is that I wish the egg tarts were the normal traditional size that you get in the bakeries as opposed to the miniature size that they came in; however this isn’t that uncommon in restaurants nowadays. The service can be a little slow here, but not obviously so and the dining area a little dark given the interesting interior (deep fuchsia chairs - though very comfy); overall it was definitely an enjoyable experience and would definitely be back to try more dishes.

Tip: always make a booking as they can get quite busy. For yum cha, the more people you have the better as you can then order a larger variety of dishes - so it’s perfect for large groups!

Good For: large groups, cheap and cheerful, yum cha, casual dinner/ yum cha


Came here for an impromptu Birthday celebratory dinner. Given the group's demanding tastes, the service was impeccable. The food was well presented and the portion sizes were more than generous.

This place is 100% hongkong dimsum. I love it and recommend it. Staff are friendlier than most places as well. Try the pork siew mai. best in London.

It's always nice to have a bit of luxury and they treat you very well in Pearl Liang. It is also frequented by a lot of Chinese people, so hopefully they agree with me that the food is good too!

This restaurant has fallen big time. A regular customer, who on our most recent visit in April 2014, was met with curt and rude service, putrid smelling bathrooms, tired and dirty restaurant and... most disappointing - the food quality is now very average to poor in quality, taste and presentation. Obviously, the owners, have left management to their own devices and as such a once fine restaurant has died due to poor control and administration. This is not just my sentiments but other regular customers with whom I frequently dine with. We will not be going back. 

Standards have fallen. Service 2/5 - The food was served in a very erratic manner. Occasional long intervals in between intervals. Staff was not very helpful. Food 2/5 - Quality definitely dropped. Value 0/5 - A chinese restaurant that charges for its chilli is obviously desperate. But charging £5 for a small serving of chilli really killed the night.

I use to think Pearl Liang was amazing BUT now i think otherwise. I recently went there with my family and there was a COCKROACH in our food. GROSS!

well, things evolve and change, sometime for better sometime for worse this place change for worse

Gone WAY downhill. Used to be good. Very good even. But my last visit was terrible. Food was very disappointing. Prices remain high but quality poor. They need to buck up their act. If you're in the area, go to Mandarin Kitchen in Bayswater instead. Significantly better.

Used to rate this place. But on my recent visit found the service so unfriendly and offhand that it made the experience less than pleasant. I wonder what has happened. We never got a smile from anyone and when we asked for a jug of water for the table we were told in no uncertain terms that they don't do that. I will no longer be recommending this place as there are plenty of alternatives.

awesome authentic food....especially the dim sum. definitely recommending to everyone i know!

I enjoyed the casual dining and wining experience in the cocktail bar section but perhaps I will only visit Pearl Liang again as 'a bar with small eats' kind of place. We ordered 4 dishes and their quality were not even, only salt and pepper squid was tasty and I will happily have it again, steam bums were okay, fried veg dumplings were poor and chicken satay was extremely bad, they looked like they were pre-prepared long time ago and just reheated in the microwave, very dry and sad, £6 for that was way too expensive. With quality so uneven, I will not consider to eat a meal there.

I love this restaurant!..The setting is filled with opulence and sophistication with food to match, I salivated over the dim sum and wiped my plate clean,( but messed up the tablecloth) when I tucked into their gorgeous garlic and ginger lobster with noodles!. Loved their prawn ravioli and chilli garlic soup and their egg custard tarts just melted in my mouth!.staff couldnt be more attentive.This is must-try!

Nice food, dreadful service - very slow, deeply uninterested and they forgot a main meal. Staff ignored us despite repeated attempts to get their attention. The only time anyone seemed to care how we felt was at the end, when we omitted the service charge from the bill and the manager claimed we hadn't alerted them to the problems. Never going back there.

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