Food & Drink

We Rated Every Restaurant in Chinatown

Published On 03/04/2014 Published On 03/04/2014
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1. London Chinatown 27 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JN (Soho)

These guys have been serving fantastic dim sum and other Chinese fare since they opened their doors in 1980.

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2. New China Restaurant 48 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5QL (Westminster)

These guys specialize in Sichuan food, the hotpot being the menu item of choice.

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3. Harbour City 46 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5QH (Soho)

This Chinatown haunt has plenty of awesome Chinese dishes to check out, but get the dim sum if you want to get a sure-fire delicious dish.

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4. New Loon Fung 42-44 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5QG (Soho)

Head past the lion statues and up the stairs to the NLF dining room where you can scarf the likes of dim sum in the morning and an authentic Cantonese menu the rest of the day.

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5. Lido 41 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5QF (Soho)

Expect a quality meal if you head to Lido, where they do excellent dim sum, crispy duck, as well as a host of other delicious Chinese dishes.

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6. Suki 39 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JN (Soho)

Suki offers three floors of distinct Japanese and Pan-Asian fare. Head to the top floor and get the Japanese hot pot -- shabu shabu.

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7. Ding Hao 38 Gerrard St, London, W1D (Soho)

It used to be called Top of the Town, but even though the name has changed, they still serve the same quality Chinese fare.

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8. Oriental Dragon 31 Gerard St, London, W1D 6JT (Soho)

While serve up all the usual suspects, they specialize in regional dishes that are a bit on the unusual side, so feel free to get out of your pork fried rice comfort zone here.

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9. Royal Dragon 30 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JS (Soho)

50% Cantonese resto, 50% karaoke den, Royal Dragon is 100% worth the trip.

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10. Golden Dragon 28-29 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JW (Soho)

This massive Chinatown resto has a myriad of menu options to offer, but you can't go wrong with their dim sum or Pecking duck.

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11. Gerrard's Corner 30 Wardour St, London, W1D 6QW (Soho)

This tasty Chinese resto doles out a host of tasty options including a large dim sum menu, as well as fresh seafood.

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12. Kowloon Restaurant 21-22 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JH (Soho)

Part bakery and part resto, Kowloon provides a solid meal complete with dessert (especially if you get the sesame balls with red bean paste).

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13. Plum Valley 20 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JQ (Soho)

One of the finer restos in all of Chinatown, Plum Valley can range on the pricier side, but it's worth it for just about everything on their menu (especially the dim sum).

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14. The Black Bean 18 Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JF (Soho)

Even though it has sort of a cafeteria vibe, TBB is a quality spot to stop by and grab a bite since it has decent portion sizes and mid-range prices.

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15. Opium 15-16 Gerrard St, Chinatown, W1D 6JE (Soho)

A three-floored, multi-room Colonial era venue with a unique kitchen-style island where drinks like the Double Bubble are concocted and sprits are poured in Chinese Medicine bottles. Choose to settle down in one of their old-school leather chairs and nosh on delicious dumplings like steamed sesame & poppy lobster prawn toast, crab & samphire, BBQ pork, or sea bass and fennel.

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16. Dumplings' Legend 15A Gerrard St, London, W1D 6JD (Soho)

Anyone who's been here will tell you: get the dim sum. That shouldn't be tough to believe from a place known as Dumplings' Legend. Specifically, get the Xiao Long Bao, you won't regret it.

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17. Golden Pagoda 15a Gerrard St, London, W1D 5JD (Soho)

GP is basically a Chinatown institution so you can't argue with results. The people have spoken and they say it has some damn fine cuisine.

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18. Far East 13 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PS (Soho)

Actually located a tad west of London's city center, Far East boasts a sleek interior and doles out gigantic pork buns and other tasty options at reasonable prices.

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19. Four Seasons 12 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PR (Soho)

Little sister to the Queensway, Four Seasons is critically acclaimed for the roast duck, which they debone unlike most places.

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20. New Aroma 11 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PP (Soho)

It may look old-fashioned, but don't let that scare you away from tasting their delicious fusion menu of Szechuan, Cantonese, and Fujianese, which has been known to bring the spice.

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21. New Fook Lam Moon 10 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PW (Soho)

Connected to a busy market, New Fook is the perfect spot to get out of the hustle and bustle by taking refuge inside and have a taste of their menu (especially the seafood part).

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22. Haozhan 8 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PJ (Soho)

Located in the heart of Chinatown, this Chinese restaurant has a fusion spin about it with options like grilled scallops and pot stickers served in a contemporary setting.

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23. Crispy Duck 7 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PH (Soho)

When the name is Crispy Duck and ducks hanging in the window, you damn well know what to order. Either that, or their dim sum, which is pretty good too.

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24. Feng Shui Inn 6 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PG (Soho)

This ornate red and gold Chinese resto has an abundance of dragons and lanterns and delicious food, including great crispy duck and chicken.

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25. Wan Chai Corner 3 Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PD (Soho)

This large Chinese resto has three floors of goodness (the top two are a bit quieter), with the star of their show being dim sum.