Ping Pong

Restaurants, Chinese South Bank
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Ping Pong makes dim sum for the not-always-initiated – ‘little steamed parcels of deliciousness’, in its own words. That means dumplings, and lots of ’em. Expect the full range of beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable options – not just steamed, mind, but fried too – plus soups, buns, rice dishes and desserts. Private rooms are available for parties and other events.



Venue name: Ping Pong
Address: Festival Terrace
Belvedere Road
Cross street: Royal Festival Hall
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3.3 / 5

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Minki Winky

Delicious Asian food, nothing extraordinary, but relatively affordable too, so you get what you pay for. Plenty of seating options, friendly staff. A friend of mine got her bag stolen there, I acknowledge this can happen anywhere in London and Southbank is rather busy, but keep an eye out for your belongings.

Emily W

Really average dim sum, you're better off going to China town for much more appealing prices and a lot more authenticity. The hot pots at Ping Pong are delish though. But that's all that's to love about this place in my opinion. And the cocktails - they do brilliant concoctions, but again, really overpriced and rubbish value for money. If you're looking for cheap and authentic, Ping Pong isn't your best bet. 

Chloe W

Ping Pong Southbank is a large restaurant space spread across two floors with high glass windows and sleek and stylish Asian design, and upstairs you'll find the Lotus Bar which serves cocktails and has an outside terrace.

When we arrived the waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable – advising 7-10 dishes between two people.

Roast venison puffs were nice and essentially consisted of venison wrapped in a light pastry. However, the one I tried had a slightly grisly, chewy piece of venison in it which wasn’t particularly appetising. Broccoli with toasted sesame seeds and a white sesame sauce was delicious though. Served al dente with, and I’m not entirely sure how they made this, a white sesame sauce which was rich and deep. It was so good I wanted to use it on everything we ate afterwards.

It’s always an impressive site when a stack of steamers arrived filled with dumplings. Pork and prawn shu mai dumplings were fine, if a tad bland. However, when dipped in enough chilli sauce they perfectly agreeable.

Bright and vibrant dumplings filled with lobster and prawn were  sweet and soft, and when paired with the buttered shallots, shiitake mushroom and ginger and wrapped in the beetroot pastry giving it an eye-catching colour, it was a very enjoyable mouthful. The chicken and foie gras dumpling wrapped inside a bright green pastry, made with spinach, were delicious and indulgent.

The flowering teas are a must-try. If you haven’t tried one before, you get a glass with what looks like a dried flower inside. However, when boiling water is poured over it, it ‘blooms’ in the glass, revealing a stunning flower and infusing the water with its flavour. Although it did just taste like a normal jasmine tea, there was a lot of theatre behind it which I enjoyed.

A good meal – for those looking for something quick and tasty, or an introduction to dim sum, I would definitely recommend. 

Sara A

I highly recommend this place. Like most places in Southbank it is usually busy but I didn't have a problem booking a table on Thursday for the following evening. There is also a really nice bar upstairs that does great cocktails if you have to wait for a table. The food is great value, a decent amount of vegetarian options and really tasty. However, as with a lot of dim sum places I did feel like my mouth was coated in a layer of saline solution afterwards but probably worth it for the taste! The service was pretty good too even though they were rushed off their feet.


I like this restaurant. I love the food here and the cocktails are nice. It looks much more stylish than most places around here. I would recommend people to eat here if that are in southbank. 


Had passed this restaurant (Southbank Branch) on a number of occasions and was always intrigued on what the food was like (guessed it was Pan Asian which was correct)! I went with some friends for an additional Birthday celebration and enjoyed the dishes (though a little bit limited for Gluten free) as well as the Cocktails-had Lychee and Roses!

Alex C

I went to Ping Pong right after moving back from Hong Kong, craving Dim Sum. I was not at all disappointed. The atmosphere is vibrant and young. The waiters smile and take the time to ensure you have what you need even though the restaurant is always extremely busy. The cocktails are amazing (personal favorite would be the Ping Pong) as well as their Iced teas. And the food is to die for. Order everything you feel like having even though it may be way more than you expect you'll finish it all with no regret. Definitely have the Beef Gyoza dumpling and the Char Siu Bao and enjoy their amazing taste. I wouldn't recommend the Xiao Long bao, one of my personal favorites unfortunately rather disappointing here as the dough is much too thick. 

Matilda Egere-Cooper

 I swung by recently with a couple of friends to try out their new seasonal menu. As always, the food was on point - and I'm liking the new terrace area (although, not with the rubbish weather we've been having recently). I also thought Ping Pong offered some amazing, summery cocktails. I don't love beer, but the "Hoppy Dark & Stormy" (a mix of rum, and chinese tsingtao beer and  ginger) was delish! Get a couple of those with the crispy chilli squid for a light bite and you'll be set.

Laura M

I'd been craving ping pong for a while and this visit certainly didn't disappoint! As a vegetarian I especially liked the new spring roll addition to the menu for spring and definitely over-ordered as it's always hard to gauge how much is enough! Also had an amazing Caipirinha to go along with the meal. All in all really enjoyable...definitely won't leave it so long next time! 


I've been a ping pong fan for years now and whilst the quality of food isn't as good as it used to be (they use far too much pastry now and not enough actual filling), it's still a fantastic place to meet up with friends. Maybe not so much if you want guaranteed privacy though as table sharing is common and they are always busy! 

They have a deal on at the moment called 'Lazy Sumdays' where you get as much dim sum as you want for £22.95! Jump on that bandwagon! 


The food is good, but not amazing. There is an attempt to do 'fusion asian dumplings', which was very hit and miss in my opinion. I wasn't a fan of the setting either, which features shared tables. This can be extremely awkward especially if you are on a date, or even if you want an intimate conversation with a friend. The service is fairly good and prompt. I do feel that it massively overcharges for the quality of food. 

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Reasonable food, but service was hit and miss - ironically after adding 12.5% to our bill, it took 10 minutes for someone to collect our money! Tables are round and shared, so if you're on a date, you could end up sharing a rather cosy table with 3 other couples.