Heads up on 2 new (to me) places in Chinatown, London
Came across 2 places in Chinatown that I never saw before:
Leung Legends (or something to that effect) on the west side of Macclesfield St, it's a Taiwanese restaurant, so dishes from various regions of China. Sichuan items seemed prominent, but also stuff from Fujian.
Baozi Inn on Newport Ct, which seems to serve a variety of noodles and small dishes, perhaps less Cantonese and more Shanghainese/Beijing etc... I think.
Will probably try them soon, but would love to hear what other hounds think; has anyone eaten there yet?
Ooh, thanks for the heads up on Leung Legends... I am so happy to hear of a place that may specialise in Taiwanese food. Will check it out next week.
I ate at Baozi Inn last week and did enjoy it, though not immensely. They are doing a buy one get one free on the steamed buns, but while the meat fillings were flavoursome, the buns weren't well made (or perhaps they'd been sitting around too long - the bottoms fell out as soon as I took the paper off, and they were soggy). The wonton soup was excellent - a good broth, with lots of tiny white shrimps hidden in the soup that gave it such good flavour. Dan dan mien was better than the one at Cha Cha Moon, but still not as spicy as one may expect. Zhajiang mian suffered from a slight bitterness - too much tobanjian perhaps??
Try the dan dan mian at No. 10 Chinese restaurant (aka chu1 cha2 dan4 fan4 / "crude tea, bland rice," an ironically humble name) in Earl's Court -- was very happy with what I had the other night and am eager to see how they hold up.
BTW, if you're looking for Fuzhou cooking, which is one of the components of eclectic Taiwanese food, Fuzhou restaurant (also in Chinatown) is probably worth exploring. Had an one ok meal there, so not sure how the restaurant is overall.