Yes, yes, we know; why go out to fancy Chinese restos when a (cosier) alternative would be to give good ol’ Deliveroo a bell and sit soft with Netflix blaring in the background? However, we’ve been about the Chinese food block a little, so we feel we know what we’re talking about when we say our city has some (prawn) crackers of Chinese restaurants to check out. So, if you’ve exhausted the take-out menu and China Town has seen your face one too many times, here are the choice Chinese’s that we’re soy into…
While most of us might be used to eating Chinese food on our laps in front of the telly, high-end Chinese restaurant Park Chinois has a more luxurious idea of dinner and entertainment. Replace Chinese from your local take-away with Mayfair standard Asian cuisine and replace watching Gogglebox with top-quality cabaret. Park Chinois is at the forefront of London’s fast-growing cabaret scene, so while they’re dab hands at putting on a show, their latest offering is brand new.
If you want a taste of how the other half lives, and to unceremoniously discover which half you belong to, then a quick peruse of Park Chinois’ menu should do the trick. Their potted rice with summer black truffle is £37, grilled Japanese Hida Wagyu rib-eye, 180g with seasonal vegetables, is £120 and the cheapest salad is a medley of baby kale, shiitake mushrooms, baby spinach and ginger soya dressing at a smooth £19.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Founded in 2009, Chinese Cricket Club is a staple Chinese restaurant in London, and it’s a real must-visit! From Dim Sum masterclasses t0 7-plate sharing feasts from Chef Ken Wang and his team, it’s a location for flavoursome indulgence. Oh, and did we mention that Chef Wang’s chef skills have gained the restaurant an AA Rosette? Yep, his fusion of modern techniques with authentic flavours really hit the spot. Wok on!
Where: Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant, New Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.1 miles)
Specialising in Pan-Asian cuisine, (oh, and speciality and barrel-aged cocktails), P.F. Chang’s Asian Table is positioned perfectly in Leicester Square, amongst the buzz of the city. The menu is awash with various Chinese go-tos; from red chilli tofu dishes and dynamite prawns, to kung pao chicken and sides of wasabi mash. This is a place where fiery flavours and nostalgic tastes take pride of place.
Any chance to go up The Shard, am I right?! Hutong sits on level 33 of our favourite foodie structure, making it far superior on the #viewgoals front than your TV screen, we’re sure. The restaurant serves up the diverse cuisines of Northern China and is based on the much-loved restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong. Aside from having enviable interiors, there’s a cocktail selection inspired by ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine, and a focus on Northern Chinese cooking that the average punter may be less familiar with.
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
For all-day dim-sum – something that’ll never go out of style – it’s got to be Yauatcha. The teahouse in Soho offers contemporary Cantonese dim sum, patisserie inspired by European culinary techniques and Asian ingredients, and an extensive range of tea, wine and cocktails. The restaurant comes as a result of know-how culinary expertise of Alan Yau (Hakkasan, The Duck And Rice, Wagamama and more), and was awarded a Michelin-star, which it has held on to for dear life ever since. We feel it can loosen the grip, as the flavoursome food coupled with the sleek setting means that star isn’t dimming anytime soon!
The thing with Hakkasan is that it’s just unashamedly cool. It attracts Londoners and A-listers alike with its chic, dark interiors, perfect for anyone looking for an intimate place to hang out and feast on Cantonese Michelin Star cooking. The baked venison puff is incredible and the char sui bun is one of our favourites too. Love them or hate them, Kanye and Kim are fans and so are we.
Mamalan has travelled through many-a-realm when it comes to success, beginning as a private supper club and soaring to six street food restaurants across South and East London. Suffice it to say, they’re pretty popular. And if you’ve not been already, then you certify as an under-a-rock dweller! The menu features colourful noodle dishes, dumplings and a constant reassembling of new dishes. Triumphing diversity, the Mamalan group is diverse, from all nations, gender and ages, and describe themselves as a big family that are connected through the love of Beijing food.