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Oct 17, 2013 03:03 PM

London dim sum

Where is your favorite place?

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    1. Imperial China was very passable, in Chinatown (around back, on Lisle Street). Shanghai Blue and Yauatcha are both good although they tend to lean more towards the fusion end of things.

      If you venture south of the river, Dragon Castle on Walworth Road is excellent (disclaimer: I haven't been there for dim sum yet but two dinners have been absolutely on point).

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          1. re: brokentelephone

            Had lunch at Yauatcha this past Friday. Along with an order of congee, I had an order each of crab dumplings and har gow. While the shrimp filling was good, the crab did not taste particularly fresh and was so densely packed that the texture approached that of surimi. Not appealing, particularly at £11+ per order. The wrappers on both were thick, gummy, and — at least as it applied to the crab — poorly wrapped. Left me quite dissatisfied at £34 for 3 dishes and a beer plus VAT and service charge.

            Pearl Liang has been my go-to since moving to London. Been very happy with the quality of all the steamed dishes; though, occasionally the fried items haven't been top notch. Quality food but still at a rather reasonable price.

          1. I haven't had dim sum in London very often, but my vote would be for Pearl Liang. My next try will definitely be Royal China Club.

            1. Thanks, folks! I've only been to Yum Cha in Camden, pretty good I thought, and another place which I don't remember in Chinatown about 3.5 years ago and want to try more based on fellow Chow's favourites. How about Hakkasan? Is it worth the price?

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              1. re: scwilder

                Similar to Yauatcha (was same owner) but more night clubby. I don't buy the concept of cheap dim sum so I would say yes. I live in HK and even here the better dim sum is in the higher priced places. Good dim sum takes skill and is refined and that costs money.