The finish at this Chinese restaurant just off Shaftesbury Avenue suggests it's trying to do something a little more refined than many of its Chinatown brethren. The royal-blue and aquamarine interior is smartly dressed European-style, with white linen and wine glasses. The menu is mainly Cantonese, with a few eclectic regional dishes added.
That means a menu ranging from sesame prawn toast, dry-spiced spare ribs and soft-shell crab to wonton soups, shredded duck with ginger, Mongolian lamb, Sichuan prawns and empress beef, slow-cooked with herbs, spices and a hint of star anise. Pancake wraps prove popular.
Keep an eye out for good-value set menus, specials and even dishes created especially for loyal customers.
35-36 Greek Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11.45pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £5.50-£9. Set lunch (noon-6pm) £10. Set meal £16.50-£35 per person (minimum 2).|
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Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
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Unusual turquoise furnishings lend this place a calm upmarket atmosphere. Despite me having a booking, the table wasn't ready and we had quite a wait before anyone approached us to ask what we would like. I had the set vegetarian menu for £17. Starter of mock crispy duck disappointed - very dry. The main course was adequate though nothing special and not sufficient if you have a large appetite. Some of my group had the ordinary set meal at £19 but the shredded pork with kohi rabi had hardly any meat in it. An additional dish they ordered of spare ribs, though, came up trumps. I wouldn't go out of my way to return here.
The food and service at Yming are excellent. I eat there multiple times whenever I am in London. Check out Yelp and Tripadvisor. Both websites have rave reviews for Yming.