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Sep 19, 2010 01:43 PM

Roast meats @ Four Seasons (Wardour street branch), Chinatown, London

There's now 3 branches of Four Seasons, 2 in Chinatown (Wardour Street and Gerrard Street) as well as the Bayswater branch.

The Wardour Street branch was certainly far less crowded than the Bayswater location, which is a plus, as the quality didn't seem that different.

The sauce that they apply to the mixed roast meats with rice has a little more depth than most, with a distinctive but subtle flavour that reminded me of chinese medicinal herbs.

Char siu, the glazed roast pork, was very balanced, just the right aura of sweetness, honey backed by very nuanced dark clovey spices, star anise-like, and a few of the pieces I got had nice fatty bits to them that were firm but not chewy.

Roast duck was fairly nice, but the skins were a little stiff and soft without any crunch, although they did a good job of rendering all the fat.

Roast pork belly/siu yuk with the trilayer of crispy skin, fat and lean meat was ok, a little crunch from the skin, the fat cooked to a firm and rippy consistency, the lean meat tender. Not like the glorious one I had at Gold Mountain a while ago. Need to go back to Gold Mountain, to see if it's still good.

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  1. Hey Limster,

    Do you mean Gold Mine in Bayswater? If so, the siu yuk is still the best in London.

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    1. re: CTownFeedR

      Yes - I mean Gold Mine - thanks v much for the correction.

      1. re: limster

        Forget the correction, go get the grandma style siu yuk (stirfried in chillies and garlic) from Goldmine and be happy.

        1. re: CTownFeedR

          Thanks for the great tip on Goldmine, and in particular the grandma style siu yuk.. Just my kind of dish. The waiter was a bit surprised I knew about it as it's not on the menu and only Malaysians really order it...

          But also eager to try their roast meats au naturel some day soon too, as they did look stunning..

    2. The old poons (now something else) that was just off Lecester square was my favourite Roast duck - melting meat and skin rendered fatless - lovely food in general - never figured out why this closed - Any recommendation for favourite Roast Duck Noodle soup place. I need a fix.

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      1. re: bleep75

        FWIW, I always go to Young Cheung for roast meats in Chinatown.