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5 MUST-VISIT CHINESE RESTAURANTS IN LONDON
HIGHLY ACCLAIMED WITH A FOCUS ON REGIONAL RECIPES
Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines around the world and London boasts a large number of highly acclaimed restaurants who specialise in Chinese cooking. Not only is it one of the most celebrated styles of cooking, but it’s also much more versatile than people think. So much so, that restaurants are able to specialise in different styles and dishes, even focusing on regional recipes from different provinces of China. We know winter may just be around the corner, so if you don’t feel like heading out then hungryhouse.co.uk is never a bad idea, but if you are brave enough to venture out in the unpredictable British weather, then why not try one of these five must-visit London based Chinese restaurants.
Hakkasan is one of the few Chinese eateries in London to hold a coveted Michelin Star, with their Hanway Place restaurant managing to hold onto the prestigious award since 2003. As well as another venue in Mayfair, Hakkasan is a global franchise now, with restaurants across America, India, China and other parts of Asia. However, it still remains one of the most popular venues in London to sample exquisite Cantonese cooking. Hakkasan are known for promoting seasonal British produce in a number of their signature dishes, like their wok-fried Aberdeen Angus ribeye beef and slow cooked Duke of Berkshire pork belly, with pineapple in mantou.
Find it: 8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD
Named after one of the most prestigious restaurants in Hong Kong, the 33rd floor of the Shard boasts one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city, specialising in the diverse dishes found mainly in Northern China, such as their whole roasted Peking duck and a Mongolian inspired rack of lamb. The restaurant combines traditional Chinese interior decoration with incredible views of the London landscape, as well as offering a mouth-watering array of regional dishes. It may be a little pricey, but you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Find it: 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1
Yauatcha is another Michelin Starred Chinese restaurant, with their stylish and contemporary venue in the heart of Soho famous for it’s authentic take on dim sum. A “Taste of Yauatcha” option is available on the menu where, for £15 a head, two people can enjoy an eight course dining experience, consisting of some of the most exciting and innovative dishes Yauatcha has to offer, including their baked venison puff and the prawn and bean curd cheung fung.
Find it: 15-17 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DL
Min Jiang has become an incredibly popular fixture with London restauranteurs since it opened and boldly claims to be the most authentic Chinese restaurant in the entire city. Located on the tenth floor of the Royal Gardens Hotel, diners take in the views of Kensington Palace and its surrounding gardens, as they sample beautifully cooked Chinese delicacies like Beijing duck cooked in a wood burning oven and venison cooked in a traditional Chinese clay pot, as well as their impressive selection of sweet and savoury dim sum.
Find it: 2-24 Kensington High St, London W8 4PT
FENG SHANG PRINCESS
Although Feng Shang Princess’ traditional Cantonese cuisine has won plenty of awards since opening over 30 years ago, what really attracts the dignitaries and celebrities to this venue is the unique and breath-taking location. This floating restaurant dropped its anchor on the banks of the canal running through Regents Park, leaving diners with views of the beautiful surrounding scenery. The décor inside the red pagoda boat is beautifully authentic, perfect for enjoying their famous soft shell crab and stir fried lobster tails with ginger and spring onion.
Find it: Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Road, London NW1 7SS