Please note, Toa Kitchen is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink Editors, January 2017.
Taking over the site of the well-loved Magic Wok, Toa Kitchen is a worthy replacement for fans of good-value Chinese cooking. It’s now under new management, but a few familiar faces remain and, more importantly, so does the authentic Cantonese cuisine.
The new refurbishment isn’t loud, brash and brightly lit like many Chinatown restaurants. Dangling pendant light bulbs lend a modern design touch but traditional Chinese restaurant hallmarks – carpeted floors, cushioned chairs and elevator music – are also thrown in.
The menu is as expansive as any Cantonese restaurant, with an interesting selection of chef’s specials. Beef ho fun in black bean sauce was exactly as it should be – sticky, slithery and satisfying. ‘House special’ beancurd was actually pipa beancurd – minced beancurd, fish and pork, shaped like a pipa (a lute-like Chinese musical instrument) then deep fried. Sliced squid was tender and flash-fried, flavoured with a mild version of the shrimp chilli paste, belachan; the sliced gourd ‘Buddha’s hand’ resembled lotus root in texture.
Toa Kitchen is named after the owner Mr Toa, whose surname means cherry blossom in Chinese. These flowers signify new beginnings in Chinese culture, and we think Toa Kitchen looks set to bloom.
|Venue name:||Toa Kitchen|
|Opening hours:||Noon-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Bayswater or Queensway tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £45|
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Average User Rating
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The service and venue were nice enough, but the food was really not impressive. Three of five dishes were exceptionally salty and tasted of little else, and there was a fair bit of unpleasant gloopiness and overriding fish sauce flavours in some of the others. It did not taste like the authentic Chinese cuisine that some of the reviews allege it to be. Perhaps we were just unlucky, but I certainly wouldn't go back. Our meal (two soups, three mains, two bowls of rice, and two beers) cost £61 without service. (The bill wasn't itemised, which was strange.) We visited April 2014.
Toa Kitchen, an intriguing name for a Chinese restaurant in the heart of Bayswater. Stepping inside, the cherry blossom on the back drop with a transquil and friendly atmosphere compliments its name perfectly. The menu, being in Bayswater, you would automatically assumed that it will be contemporary cuisine. However, we were surprised with an extensive range of authentic Chinese dishes, not to forget mentioning the chef's monthly specials, to give the local Chinese some burns to their taste buds. To sum it all, relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and great food - Toa Kitchen will continue to bloom!
A very sophisticated place, with outstanding food. Every dish has a stunning presentation and the ambiance, service and food were all impeccable and exceptional with charming staff, full of care and attention. The dishes are quite expensive, however they present a wider range of courses compared to many restaurants within the area, and they're beautifully presented and served.
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