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May 6, 2009 11:03 AM

Current Best Bets in London Chinatown

I have theatre tickets for the Haymarket in June and will want to grab a bite in Chinatown beforehand. In the past I've been pretty good at sniffing out good places, but I haven't been in London in about 10 years. So what are the places to consider in the Gerrard Street area?

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  1. welcome back to london.

    i'd suggest checking out limsters posts as an excellent first (if not final) step:

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    1. re: howler

      Walk across the road to Soho, I'd definitely recommend Ba Shan on Romilly st. Just fantastic - there's a thread somewhere on here about it, but I would say it's heads and shoulders above the places on Gerrard St.

      1. re: pj26

        Seconded. I've had two wonderful meals there recently.

        The thread about it is here:

        1. re: DollyDagger

          Ba shan sounds like the ticket! Thanks a million. Should be a fitting prelude to Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart in Godot!

          1. re: Peter Cherches

            Some of us have also enjoyed Haozhan in Chinatown, but I do think Ba Shan is the way to go, and I'm anxious to try it. They have some interesting dishes at the former. I saw a TV clip of a Godot rehearsal - should be a great rendition and maybe superior to the recent NY cast? Godot always comes out in times of recessions. :-)

            1. re: zuriga1

              Unlike everyone else, I wasn't wild for Ba Shan. Prefer the soup dumplings at Leong's Legend. I liked Haozhan when I went there.

              1. re: greedygirl

                One of these days I'll finally get to Ba Shan and Leong's Legend. It's tough not living right in London!

                1. re: zuriga1

                  Went to Leongs legends last night and had a great meal. the soup dumplings were ace, although two of the 8 had split which was a little bit disappointing. they were still ace though. the crispy shredded turnip was also good. the pastry is top class but if i am honest i thought they lacked a bit of flavour. maybe they are not supposed to be too flavoursome. im a cultural retard, so its probably a bit like saying chips are not spicy enough.

                  3 cup chicken was the highlight. tastly chunks of thigh meat with a good kick of chilli and garlic, and a dark sticky sauce flavoured with star anise and basil. sticky rice with dried prawns etc was good quality if a slightly small portion. green beans with minced pork were ok.

                  all in all i think it was a really good meal and will definately go back for more dumplings and to try other things on the menu. i wouldnt bother ordering the crispy turnip again, nor the green beans, but it was still one of the better meals i've had in chinatown. also 28 quid for two including service charge and drinks wasnt bad value. after a disappointing last meal at haozhan, i think its my new first choice for chinatown.

    2. Or Leung's Legend but only for the soup dumplings....

      1. Chinese Experience on Shaftesbury Avenue - food quality second to none (and I have been to a few), modern and clean . Very close to Gerrard Street top end near Curzon Cinema. Seriously go there and forget about the rest!

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        1. re: LotsC

          Excellent choice - just been trying to book there but phone not working - it's still open, yes?

          1. re: Scott_in_London

            AFAIK, Chinese Experience closed several weeks ago. Don't know if it's been reborn.

        2. Personally, I loved Fung Shing.

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          1. re: klyeoh

            Place mark:

            Fung Shing
            15 Lisle St, London, Greater London W1D 6, GB

          2. How about Sunday morning dim sum anywhere in London? I have a late afternoon flight from Heathrow, and would love to sneak in something worthwhile before leaving for the airport. Are any places open at 10AM (like in NY, SF, Hong Kong, Singapore). How about New World? Has anybody been to the Fulham Royal China? They open Sundays at 11 and aren't far from where I'm staying.

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            1. re: Peter Cherches

              Pearl Liang in Paddington is meant to be very good for dim sum. And it's near to the Heathrow Express service from London Paddington.


              1. re: medgirl

                According to their booking system, closed for lunch on Sundays, but thanks anyway.

                1. re: Peter Cherches

                  Hmmm...squaremeal listing seems to suggest that they are open Mon-Sun 12noon-11pm. Perhaps they do not accept online bookings for lunch? Might be worth giving them a call if you are interested but Fulham Royal China is meant to be good as well.

                  1. re: medgirl

                    Anyway, Royal China will be a better bet because of earlier opening & I can leave my things at the hotel & scoot to the airport on the tube.

                    1. re: Peter Cherches

                      i think pearl liang will serve you miles better than royal china. and its only 15 minutes on the heathrow express to the airport, so you'll make back the time easily. on the other hand, pearl liang is a bit hard to get to unless you take a cab and you do need to know how to get there if you're on foot - its not utterly trivial.

                      1. re: howler

                        Looking at the map I see what you mean about it not being trivial.

                        1. re: Peter Cherches

                          On foot it is really easy. Simply head out of the back of Paddington station (between platform 8 and 9), go past the Hammersmith and City line station, and follow the signs to Paddington Central. There are ramps so wheeling luggage won't be too bad - but better to stow it if you can.

                  2. re: Peter Cherches

                    Just had dim sum at Pearl Liang today (they're open on Sundays). Excellent lunch, will post details later, but particular favourites include the cheung fun/rice sheets with char siu/glazed roast pork or beef, xiao long bao/Shanghai dumplings, and the bean pastry with bamboo pith & mushroom consomme.