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Shikumen Shepherd's Bush

Restaurants, Chinese Shepherd’s Bush
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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.

By: Lee Chuk-Kwan

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Address: Dorsett Hotel
58 Shepherd's Bush Green
London
W12 8QE
Transport: Tube: Shepherd's Bush or Goldhawk Road
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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Opening hours: Open Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun 11.30am-11pm. Dim sum served Mon-Sun until 4.30pm.
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tastemaker

Dim Sum here was tasty and of good quality but best of all was the Peking Duck. Yes it was fatty, but that's what made it delicious. Their Char siu bun had generous sweet BBQ pork filling and the bun was melt in the mouth. The Siu Mai was also very nice, sweet with balanced combination of fresh prawn and pork. My lunch companions preferred their scallop dumplings as there was a chunk of scallop sitting at the crown of each dumpling.


Service was good and un-intrusive. It is rare to find a Chinese restaurant in an oriental hotel chain in London that does not have Chinese speaking staff. At the time of our visit there was none, however language was not an issue as all of us speak English. To make the experience a bit better for the older and traditional generation I think the restaurant could add Chinese speaking staff.

From the look of the lunch crowd, this place is quite popular among the orientals in London. Half of the full restaurant was oriental. Damage to wallet was average. It was a bit more pricey than the usual Dim Sum at a China Town restaurant but less than that of usual hotel restaurants. 


Best Peking Duck! The most authentic I've tasted this side of UK. This is the real deal in comparison to whatever they try to serve in your run of the mill China Town restaurants (and let's not even get started with your neighbourhood Chinese takeaway...).

Tastemaker

Just had an hour to spare before going to the cinema and I was a bit worried and we couldn't have found a better place. Service and food were excellent - I think trying to decide what to order was the hardest part.

Great place to have a bite and conveniently located if you are going to a concert next door or the cinema. I will definitely be back!


Really nice place to go on a date or celebration.

The quality is very good and not expensive.

This is my favorite place in Shepherds Bush when I come down for a concert. :)


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).

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