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Ma La
37 Monck Street SW1P 2BL
London
United Kingdom

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Ma La is a modern Sichuan restaurant in Victoria. Sichuan (province in southwestern China) is known for its spicy food and use of chillies and Sichuan pepper that numbs your mouth. Ma La is a relatively unknown restaurant and if my friend Philip had not told me about it, I would not have come across it in the near future. At the moment the best known Sichuan restaurants in London are Bar Shu and Ba Shan in Soho, which is a shame as I actually think Ma La is a lot better. As an example of how little known this restaurant is – even the restaurant website urbanspoon did not have any details of it, and they have details of every single restaurant in London. Having said that Ma La has its fan base and we came here for dinner on a Wednesday evening and it was quite full.

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4.00

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Royal China Club
40-42 Baker Street W1U 7AJ
London
United Kingdom

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Royal China Club is a sister restaurant to Royal China and the more upscale restaurant. It is located on Baker Street, close to a Royal China restaurant. The inside is a bit nicer than Royal China restaurants but not too much different. I came here on a Monday evening with some of my school friends for dinner and I was surprised to see it get very busy, as I would not expect that on a Monday and you definitely have to book a table here.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Ba Shan
24 Romilly Street W1D 5AH
London
United Kingdom

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Ba Shan is a Chinese restaurant in Soho and a sister restaurant to Bar Shu (MMMM) which is located across the street. Both restaurants serve Sichuan food which is spicy, has a lot of chillies and if you don’t like chillies, this is not a place for you. Both places Ba Shan and Bar Shu are very popular and get very busy and you are recommended to book. The thing that I liked about Ba Shan are the little posters when you enter the restaurant in the waiting area, which you can see below. The menu at Ba Shan is also slightly different to the menu in Bar Shu. Bar Shu’s signature dish is fish floating in chilli oil and you can’t get this in Ba Shan. Also it felt like Ba Shan catered more for Chinese customers as it used more “unusual” to me parts of the animal and Bar Shu has more of the fillet from chicken, beef, fish etc in their dishes. Having said this we ordered very good things at Ba Shan.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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A Wong
70 Wilton Road UK SW1V
London
United Kingdom

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This is now one of my favourite Chinese restaurants in London. I absolutely love it. My friend Paul, who beats me in knowing where the new trendy and good restaurants are in London, took me out for dinner here. A Wong is located in Victoria and owned by Andrew Wong (hence the name) who works in the kitchen and runs the place with his wife who seats and takes care of guests. Andrew’s wife had just given birth so I did not see her during my last visit. I saw Andrew though, working hard in the open plan kitchen (so rare for Chinese restaurants to have a trendy modern open plan kitchen) and he was lovely and had a conversation with us in the middle of his cooking. Andrew at first studied chemistry at Oxford before becoming a Chef and he has travelled and worked in China.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Bar Shu
28 Frith Street W1D 5LF
London
United Kingdom

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Bar Shu is a different Chinese restaurant. Located in Soho it serves the food from the Sichuan province (southwest China) which is known for it spices and hot flavours (chilli and Sichuan pepper). Because it serves Sichuan food the menu is very different to most Chinese restaurants in London.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Ken Lo's Memories of China
65-69 Ebury Street SW1W 0NZ
London
United Kingdom

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Ken Lo's Memories of China is one of the first restaurants I ever visited in London. I first came here about 15 years ago (the restaurant opened 30 years ago) with my friend Kristine and her family and I have been coming here infrequently over the years. The restaurant is located next to were Kristine used to live in Victoria and she loved this restaurant.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Bo Lang
100 Draycott Avenue SW3 3AD
London
United Kingdom

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Bo Lang is a very stylish, modern Chinese dim sum restaurant and teahouse in South Kensington. They do traditional dim sum but the focus of the menu is on avant garde, unusual dim sum that most of the time is delicious and works very well. It is so interesting to see the dim sum you know modernized in Bo Lang. The dim sum is not cheap and an average plate for 4 pieces costs £6 (and many dim sums are more expensive) but if you want a luxurious dim sum experience, regardless of the price, this place truly delivers.
 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Princess Garden
8-10 N Audley Street, W1K 6ZD
London
United Kingdom

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I was having a heated debate with my friend Ed about which is the best dim sum restaurant in London and he said it was Princess Garden, located in Mayfair. I had been to Princess Garden for dinner a few times and quite liked it, but as I had never been there for dim sum I was now very keen to see whether it was the best dim sum in London, so I suggested this restaurant when I decided to catch up with my friends Pepi and Patrick. Princess Garden is quite an old restaurant, it opened in 1983, although obviously the décor is not the same as in 1983 and has recently been changed by Belsize Architect into a contemporary venue that features Chinese art. There is only 1 dining room, which is spacious and light and also a few private rooms.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Yi Long Court
32 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangpu
Shanghai
China

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We were passing through Shanghai on our way to Vietnam, and the nice thing about Chinese immigration is that from January 2013 if you are passing through China in transit (like we were) you are allowed to stay in China for 48h without needing a visa. As we had 9h to spend in between our flights we decided to get some dim sum.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Hakkasan
17 Bruton Street, W1J 6AL
London
United Kingdom

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This is a classic amazing Chinese restaurant. Hakkasan is one of the very few Chinese restaurants that has a Michelin star (got it in 2003) and was also even included in the top 100 best restaurants in the world a few years ago. The restaurant was created in 2001 by Syra Khan and Alan Yau who are also behind Wagamama, Yauatcha and Sake no Hana restaurants in London. The first Hakkasan in London was opened just by Tottenham Court Road station in Hanway Place, but in 2010 they opened another restaurant in Mayfair, which is bigger than the Tottenham Court one. Also Hakkasan started expanding abroad in 2009 with a restaurant in Miami and nowadays Hakkasan can also now be found in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Las Vegas and Mumbai. The main chef of Hakkasan is Tong Chee Hwee and he even won the award of the best London chef in 2005.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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