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Sanxia Renjia Goodge Street

Restaurants, Chinese Goodge Street
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A backstreet Sichuan restaurant near Goodge Street.

Sanxia Renjia is a bare-bones Sichuan spot in the dead zone between Fitzrovia and Goodge Street. It has all the hallmarks of a classic Chinese restaurant: simple decor, red lanterns hanging off the ceiling, lazy susans on round tables, a karaoke room in the basement. And yes, the menu is massive, listing everything from hot pots, dumplings and shellfish to lesser-seen Sichuanese specialities of boiled pork blood and dry-fried pig intestines.

The two best dishes were a fiery plate of soft aubergine with green peas and chilli, and some soft, doughy pork dumplings packed with salty, tender meat. The beef hot-pot was fine – it had a nice heat to it, but there wasn’t much flavour to the broth, while the other chicken dishes we had, namely the sizzling chicken, were all tough and flavourless. Some of the standard Chinese restaurant orders were surprisingly good though: a plate of sweet and sour chicken with a fiery sauce in particular. Your unadventurous friends will love it.

If you’re near the area and need a quick meal, Sanxia is a nice option, but it’s probably not one to travel for. Looking for a restaurant that’s reasonably priced, with generous portions and something for everyone, though? It’s a great spot. Grab a few mates and share a load of plates doused in that Sichuan chilli – and enjoy all the Abba renditions coming from downstairs.

By: Kelly Pigram



Address: 29 Goodge Street
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £65.
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Sanxia Renjia was perfect for a Chinese New Year celebration; they were so busy so I had booked almost a month ahead. They specialise in Sichuan, Hunan and Hubei cuisine but the one thing that puts a rosy cheek on everyone’s faces is hot pot, or steam boat as it’s also called. We had a few cauldrons of Ma la chilli and bone broth bubbling away along the table and everyone dug into all the meat and seafood bonanza which was such great value for money. We also tried the boiled fish fillets in chilli and peppercorn oil soup which was very good - the fish was silky smooth and the sauce was definitely numbing and chilli. Don’t worry if you’re not a chilli fan, there are plenty of other dishes on their extensive a la carte menu that I’m sure will hit the spot. Service here is quick, boisterous and attentive and there’s karaoke afterwards if you fancy - what’s not to love? 
Tip: they serve a modest range of alcoholic beverages and also have karaoke. Best to call after 3pm to make a booking as they get quite busy and are a little slow to reply by email. 
Good For: large groups, casual lunch/ dinner, business dinner, cheap and cheerful, something different, catch up with friends, value for money

I had the grilled fish hot pot here which is very nice, it's very tasty and the service is very good as well. They have a lot of authentic Chinese food which is worth to try. And the price is really reasonable in the central London.

Just back from a meal at this restaurant and have to say that the food is not good at all. The quarter duck looked like small dried fried breadcrumbs. When the waitress was asked if this was the duck. She just replied "yes" and walked off. A beef main course was small bits of something heavily coated in batter - what was inside? When asked about dessert, the waitress pointed to Dim Sum, and said they only had one dessert. The previous time I went to this restaurant the main course came before the starter ! There are plenty of better restaurants in the area.

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