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Oct 31, 2008 07:45 AM

Best Chinese Restaurant (including DimSum) in Leicester Square?

I have been given three restaurant names when I asked around for the best DimSum place in London's Chinatown. They are Golden Dragon, Jade Garden and China City. I have read reviews complaining of the service at Golden Dragon which is slightly concerning as I'm taking some friends there. Having said this, if the food is extremely good, perhaps we can all pretend we are in a busy restaurant in Hong Kong and put up with the less-than-ideal level of service (?) Joking aside, I would welcome any opinions on these three choices - or any others you might recommend. Many thanks

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  1. I have recently eaten in two that are both good.

    Leong's Legend (4 Macclesfield Street) is good value but also good quality. It isn't a place to linger as it is more like a cafe than a restaurant.

    Yauatcha (15 Broadwick Street) is very, very good with food that matches the best in HK. It has an open kitchen so you can see the chefs making the dim sum. It is expensive for Dim Sum but IMO well worth it (as it is still a well priced meal). You need to book - it is a short walk from Leicester Square up into Soho.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Joy King Lau is a reliable dim sum stalwart.

      I'm not sure the dim sum in Yauatcha is even cooked by Chinese people - the waiting staff certainly aren't.

      1. re: feddie207

        On my visit all be staff in the downstairs (open) kitchen appeared to be Chinese. The Dim Sum are all freshly made and you can see them doing this. Even the two chilli dipping sauces seem to be freshly prepared, a real revelation compared to the standard bought in varieties.

        Feddie207 have you been there? The downstairs kitchen is easy to see if you have, I believe there is an upstairs kitchen but it is less open.

      2. re: PhilD

        I second the Leong's Legend recommendation. The crab soup dumplings I had there recently were delicious.

        1. re: greedygirl

          BTW, Leong's Legend is currently under renovation. Don't know when they're reopening.

          1. re: limster

            Really? I was there only last week and it looked pretty immaculate.

            1. re: greedygirl

              Yep - was in the area this weekend and it's papered up, with a sign saying they're under renovation.

              1. re: limster

                Much to my annoyance on Saturday night. LL says "a few days" on the sign in their window.

      3. Yikes. That's a tough question. In Chinatown proper, I'd only have dim sum (not dinner) at Imperial China on Lisle St, and even then, it's not that great anymore. Haozhan was interesting (on Gerrard St) but I don't what it's like now as it's been a year since I last ate there. But they don't do dim sum. I've reviewed a lot of dim sum places and tend to avoid Chinatown to eat at places like Yauatcha on Broadwick St and Pearl Liang in Paddington (these are my two favourites). Royal China seems to have gone downhill in recent years. I'm going to visit Yi-Ban in a couple of weeks and see what it's like.

        Helen Yuet Ling Pang