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Excellent (but not extortionate) Chinese in central London?

Loobs Apr 26, 2011 05:34 AM

Does it exist? My gf (a native New Yorker) said she remembers going to a place in Lisle Street years ago called Fung Shing. We googled it and it seemed to get really positive reviews but alas upon walking around Chinatown yesterday we discovered it had shut down.

So where do we go? Good Dim Sum would be a plus but we don't really want to pay Kai or Hakkasan prices...although I fear we may have to. How about Royal China Club in Baker Street?

I'm by no means a Chinese food aficionado, I can't say I've ever had a Chinese meal that ever really blew me away in the same way as choice meals from various other cuisines, but I suspect I haven't eaten in the right restaurant. £60-80 for the both of us with a modest bottle of wine would be about the most we'd want to pay.

Royal China
13 Queensway, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

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

  1. zuriga1 May 8, 2011 11:05 PM

    I'll put in another pitch for Haozhan in Chinatown. It's not a dim sum spot, but the food is always reliable and tasty. It certainly beats what I ate in San Francisco's Chinatown a few weeks ago.

    1. klyeoh Apr 26, 2011 06:36 PM

      Yes, pity about Fung Shing:


      BTW, New Mayflower is my other go-to place (besides Fung Shing) for Anglo-Chinese food at decent prices.

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        pj26 Apr 26, 2011 06:28 AM

        Royal China is good. I also love Yauatcha in Soho - great dim sum, trendy decor but not as pricey as Hakkasan. I haven't been personally but other posters also recommend Pearl Liang in Paddington.

        Royal China
        13 Queensway, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

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        1. re: pj26
          Loobs Apr 26, 2011 06:34 AM

          Thanks a lot. I have read good things about Yauatcha, now you mention it.

          1. re: Loobs
            Loobs Apr 26, 2011 09:00 AM

            Yauatcha booked for lunch on Friday....in the basement (!)

            The Dim Sum seems to get unanimously great reviews, can't wait.

            1. re: Loobs
              limster Apr 26, 2011 02:07 PM

              Yauatcha and Royal China Club are roughly Hakkasan prices for dim sum (in fact I remember spending less on dim sum at Hakkasan vs Yauatcha).

              Royal China is the less expensive sibling of Royal China Club; they're both on Baker Street, so be sure to get the right place.

              In Chinatown, I'd recommend Haozhan (modern Cantonese), New Aroma (Fuzhou, with some Sichuan and Cantonese), Empresss of Sichuan (Sichuan; caveat, haven't been in a while), Golden Day (Hunan).

              Royal China
              13 Queensway, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

              1. re: limster
                Loobs Apr 27, 2011 01:47 AM

                Thanks for the recommendations, limster. We will check out some of the Chinatown spots in the future.

                1. re: Loobs
                  frogprince May 8, 2011 11:22 AM

                  Depends on how you define 'central' London but I'd recommend Pearl Liang in Paddington Basin; very good Dim Sum at sub-RCC prices. There is also a Royal China on Queensway where you also have some very good restaurants; Goldmine, Mandarin Kitchen, New Four Seasons...

                  Royal China
                  13 Queensway, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

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