Exquisite and reasonably priced dim sum are the star of the show at this handsome Chinese restaurant in Shepherd's Bush.
The owners of Shikumen were doubling their bets when they launched London’s newest Chinese restaurant concept. They opened this branch in the Dorsett Hotel just six weeks after debuting their first in Ealing’s Xanadu Hotel.
Named after a Shanghainese East-meets-West architectural style popular in the seventeenth century, Shikumen claims to reflect the refinement of that period. It isn’t something you’d expect to find.
First impressions lived up to the promise – from the courteous greeting at the door to the handsome dining room furnished with leather banquettes and Shanghai-style room dividers.
The dim sum menu is a compact selection of exquisitely steamed, baked, and fried dishes ranging from classic har gau and xiao long bao to more sophisticated items such as scallop siu mai topped with tobiko and cheung fun filled with prawn and beancurd skin. The latter was a revelation, each mouthful exploding into a sensual mix of sweet, briny flavours and crisp textures. Pan-fried turnip cake, another lunchtime staple, exceeded expectations with an eggy topping of chopped garlic chives. A generous portion of stir-fried seafood udon in XO sauce was also faultless.
We didn’t have time for Peking duck, which requires at least 45 minutes notice and is presented in two servings – sliced and served with pancakes, then shredded and served with fried rice or fried or braised noodles. Judging from the dim sum, I’m willing to bet this dish would be executed with equal meticulousness.
Service throughout was polite, professional and knowledgeable. The only missing element to an otherwise perfect dining experience was the atmosphere, which was rather too quiet for a weekday lunch. Still, with prices significantly lower than its high-end rivals, we don’t expect tables to remain empty for long.
This is a very exciting time for JRC Group as we bring our new concept to the market and are confident that presenting outstanding quality for exceptional value will be a successful presentation of modern Chinese cuisine to Western tastes.
I am honoured to personally welcome diners to Shikumen, your gateway to the East.
John Kamchoon Lai
Executive head chef
58 Shepherd's Bush Green
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun 11.30am-11pm. Dim sum served Mon-Sun until 4.30pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Shepherd's Bush or Goldhawk Road|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50.|
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5 stars from me - Dim sum is fresh and excellent as is the Peking duck (two meals in one) - http://wp.me/p6r9tz-22
We ate here last night. It took 3 requests and 20 mins to order drinks. It took another 3 attempts to order the food, culminating in me trying to find the manager to ask him to address the difficulties we were having. The food took an age to arrive and we chased it twice. When it arrived it was average equivalent to cheap and cheerful in Chinatown.
When it came to the bill, they included items that they had failed to serve. I complained and the manager said he would knock off the service charge, which I explained I would not have been paying in any event. He then begrudgingly took off the items that had not been served. When I expressed the fact that we were not alone in the terrible experience we were having because I had seen a couple leave mid way through their meal, he accused me of complaining to get a discount. I was appalled. We finally reached an unhappy resolution.
As I say we were not alone in out bad experience all the tables around us were suffering the same miserable experience, but the managers reaction was objectionable.
I suffer from coeliac disease and my friends chose this place for a recent get-together. After a horrible experience at Yauatcha a few months ago, where I was told I could eat nothing and then was reluctantly served some boiled fish and plain rice, I was totally surprised by the service at Shikumen. Our waiter was very knowlegable about which foods I could not eat. It turned out that I could eat most dim sum dishes and even most of the items on the dessert menu. This was a very pleasant surprise to me. I was not treated like an outcast like I was at Yauatcha. The dim sum was delicious and I will definitely be going back.
I absolutely love this place - have been 5 or 6 times since it opened! The Peking Duck is fantastic: first they carve some crispy skin and serve with sugar, next is slices of meat with homemade pancakes and bao, and then the 'scraps' are served in your choice of noodle/rice/vermicelli. A whole different level than your average 'aromatic crispy duck'! They also have very good dim sum (especially the xiao long bao in my view) in the afternoon. Better than any restaurant I've been to in Chinatown, and possibly better than Min Jiang - certainly cheaper! (but without the view).