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dim sum in london?

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Hi, I've just moved to London from the US and am terribly missing the dim sum restaurants of SF. Are there any good places in London? Location and price dont matter when it comes to dim sum :-)

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  1. The best Dim Sum in London is at Hakkassan off Tottenham Court Rd

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    1. re: Tony Finch

      Joy King Lau. Near the theatres.

    2. London covers all spectrums. Here's two dim sum posts I put on the board last year. The first has a michelin star, lots of reinterpretation, and the second one is a trolley-laden, no frills place. I suspect the latter is what you're after.

      15 Broadwick Street,cnr of Berwick Street, Oxford Circus tube stop.
      Us poor students must rely on generous aunts for outings to Michelin-starred dim sum restos! This is very swank, with waiters that glide, artfully placed exotic fish tanks and candle-lit alcoves. The dim sum was delicious, and since I didn't see the bill, I mercifully have no idea how much it cost. Fond memories of scallops, and some kind of gold-leafed dumpling... You can choose your dessert from the Pierre-Herme-esque (marble minimalism, and unreal looking individual portion desserts)patisserie bar. For all its michelin glow, I must admit that a greasy, kitsch dim sum tearoom gets my heart thumping and mouth salivating more. It just doesn't feel like dim sum without all the MSG... Would like to know what others make of this place.

      Gerrard Place, Leicester Squ. tube stop.
      I come here every time I am in London for dim sum, which they serve from the traditional carts during lunchtime. Lots of fun, including some of the best deep fried seaweed. Not to be missed: anything with prawns, the wonton soup trolley, the little chicken and mushroom baked thingies, the BBQ pork bao, etc.

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      1. re: gooseberry

        Thanks everyone! I actually have been to Yauatcha and Hakkasen on previous trips here, but was hoping for somewhere to go on a more everyday basis. Will definately be trying New World and Joy King Lau, and shall report back here.

      2. I'm also fairly new to London and today was my first outing for dim sum. We were near New World and went there. I wasn't overwhelmed. There was a good variety of dishes and my partner also had some soup. Everything was tasty and we spent about £14.. only 3 different dim sum choices, soup and drinks. The drinks probably were more than the food. :-) Welcome to London.

        1. For me, having lived in Hong Kong, I found the dim sum at Royal China on Queensway in Bayswater to be superb. I was quite surprised at how delicate and refined the dim sum was, even compared with Victoria Seafood (the one at CITIC Plaza) in HK. You must try the Chinese broccoli (gai lan) in garlic sauce also. There are also several other branches in London, but this is the best one, and the largest.

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          1. re: cytrey

            We greatly enjoyed our dim sum meal there.

            1. re: cytrey

              Forgot to mention this place too.

              1. re: cytrey

                Second the recommendation for Royal China - by far the most interesting and delicate dim sum I have tasted in London; however, the char sui buns at New World are better... BTW, there is a more convenient Royal China on Baker Street; just beware the queues at the weekend (no reservations)! Enjoy...

                1. re: cytrey

                  I really like this one, too. It's where my godmother always takes me. However, often we're turned away from the door, it's so popular! If the Baker Street one (which I didn't know about) is as good as the original branch, maybe try there.

                2. Try Dragon Castle in Walworth Road, Elephant and Castle.

                  It's better and cheaper than Royal China. And whilst it's not as innovative as Yauatcha can be, the standard of ingredients and cooking is as high.

                  All the best,


                  Link: http://www.chopstix.com/

                  1. So this is resurrecting an old thread, but I believe the Chowhound Team prefer to keep things together this way (do let me know if I'm wrong).

                    Anyway — I know of two places in London that do dim sum with the trollies/carts that come around to let you choose from the selection on display; New World and Chuen Cheng Ku. Are there any others?

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                    1. re: Kake

                      Either way is fine with us - you can add to an existing thread, or start a new one.

                    2. Hi newuser

                      I've been writing a lot about dim sum restaurants on my blog, and will be publishing the results of my favourites next month. In the meantime, Pearl Liang in Paddington is absolutely fantastic for dim sum (post up on blog in a week or so), as is Shanghai Blues on High Holborn, which I've written about. Of course I love Yauatcha, as it's my favourite. For less fancy but still great quality, I always go to Imperial China in Chinatown (on Lisle St), which is often better than Royal China (Canary Wharf branch is very nice). I went to Royal China Club, the fancy branch of the group, and it really is no different to standard Royal China branches. Another on my list is Yi-Ban way out in East London. Hope this helps...

                      Helen Yuet Ling Pang

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                      1. re: foodie guide

                        I haven't been to Yauatcha (one day, soon), but leaving that place to one side, Golden Palace in Harrow is the best in London. Huge range, great prices but no compromise on quality, prawns are fresh tasting and meaty, scallops are not stinged on or overcooked, rice wrappers are translucent, puff pastry is not greasy. Harrow is a lot less convenient and Royal China is nearly as good, so its a good recommendation and I second (fifth?) it. Dragon Castle is also good, but if you really want the best old school Dim Sum, Golden Palace is where its at.

                        I haven't been to any of the trolley places for years, so may be out of date, but I don't go for a reason. It can be fun, but the problem is, unless you are sitting in the right place/get lucky, the dim sum can have been circling for a while and be out of condition.

                      2. hiya

                        i've lived in london most of my life and can recommend a few good dim sum places. in the West end of london i recommend- Joy King Lau - its just off lisle street off one of the streets off leicester square. it has about 4 floors and gets very packed on the weekends with chinese families

                        Also i have recently discovered near royal albert dock (east london) Yi ban...this has become my fav dim sum restaurant..food is really fresh. There is also another good dim sum place..think its called China palace or something but its near the excel centre (west entrance) again the food here is really fresh and not too greasy

                        i may try and venture out there this w'/e

                        i hope you enjoy london...any questions on where to eat '/drink do drop me a line