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Hutong
Level 33 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
London
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Hutong is a Chinese restaurant located on the 33rd floor in the Shard, the tallest building in Europe. Hutong serves Northern Chinese food and there is a restaurant with the same name also in Hong Kong. I have been to Hutong twice now and I enjoyed my first meal more than I enjoyed the second, after my first visit I was going to give Hutong 4.5Ms but after the second visit this has dropped to 4Ms. I will describe more my first visit but I have also added commentary and pictures of the dishes I ordered during my second time there.

The first time I went to Hutong was for lunch and I had booked a table for 12.00, and the three of us arrived a few minutes before 12 and I was surprised to see that the Shard was not yet open, and there were many people waiting outside or in the lobby for 12 o’clock when they could finally use the elevator and go upstairs. In my view it is a bit strange to not let people in, into the building if you arrive before 12.

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4.00

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Bright Courtyard
43-45 Baker Street, UK W1U
London
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I had an incredible meal here, the sort of meal that the next day I woke up still thinking about it. In my view this is one of the best Chinese restaurants in London. Bright Courtyard is located in London (on Baker Street) and in Shanghai (where the original restaurant opened in 1997) and is part of the Shanghai Life Fashion Group that owns other restaurants and hotels and whose motto is “innovation, style and quality”, which you can definitely see in the food. London’s Bright Courtyard is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that specializes in authentic dim sum, modern Cantonese and traditional Shanghai cuisine with a twist.

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4.50

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Shanghai Blues
193-197 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD
London
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Shanghai Blues has a very different vibe to any other Chinese restaurant in London. At first I could not work out what it was but by the end of the meal I realised the atmosphere in the restaurant is very colonial Chinese. You almost feel like you are in Shanghai in the 1920s. It does not have a feeling of cheapness like China Town Chinese restaurants can have and it also does not have that white table cloth upscale feeling that Chinese restaurants like Min Jiang and Kai have, Shanghai Blues has an aura of Chinese greatness of the past decade that you can also feel in some Hong Kong and Shanghai restaurants. There are pleasant blue lights decorating the room and lamps with Chinese symbols hang from the ceiling. Apparently on some nights they also play live music which contributes to the last century grandeur feeling.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Bo London
4 Mill Street W1S 2AZ
London
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Bo London is a Chinese restaurant created by Alvin Leung (aka the Demon Chef – how he likes to call himself but don’t worry he is not a demon, and this apparently comes from the Greek word "Daimôn", meaning "good-spiritedness") and in Bo London which opened in December he showcases his X-treme Chinese food. The restaurant has been getting more negative than positive reviews but that is because of the price, as for dinner you are supposed to order Bo’s tasting menu which costs £138 and at the moment is the most expensive tasting menu in London (despite the fact Bo London at the moment does not have any Michelin stars it is more expensive than Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin star restaurant tasting menu). But considering Alvin has apparently invested 1 million in his restaurant (which you can’t really tell when in the restaurant) I can see why he would want to charge the customer a lot to get his money back.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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HKK
Broadgate West Worship Street EC2A 2DQ
London
United Kingdom
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I love Hakassan so when I heard that they opened a new Chinese restaurant HKK and Fay Maschler, the restaurant critic, said it served the best dim sum outside of Hong Kong, I was super keen to go. I actually managed to go twice during the same week (by coincidence) for dinner and for lunch (see all pictures below) so I feel like I have truly experienced HKK. HKK is like a more upscale Hakassan, and the dim sum and the duck dishes I think are better, but the problem (for some and also for me) is that during dinner they only serve a 15 course tasting menu (during lunch you can have smaller and different tasting menus as well as order a la carte). I personally don’t like to be forced to eat tasting menus and whilst I sometimes have them, I don’t like the fact that I don’t have a choice and I must have it when going to a restaurant.

Maija rated: 

5.00

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Pear Liang
8 Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EZ
London
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I went to Pearl Liang as I saw this restaurant mentioned in the Financial Times, in one of their articles, saying that Chinese restaurants despite having good food sometimes lack good service, and this was mentioned as one of the exceptions. As I had never heard of this Chinese restaurant, and I do love Chinese food, I decided to try it out. 

 

Pearl Liang is located in Paddington and was a bit hard for me to find at first, as it is sort of located outside of the Paddington station in a small closed circle area. The décor was quite nice with water features, bamboo and a full room-length painting of Chinese blossom branches, but it is not one of these decors you remember after you are gone. 

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3.00

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Royal China
40-42 Baker Street W1U 7AJ
London
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I have been going to Royal China for years and if you want good quality Chinese food, this is a great place to go to, as you don’t need to book like some other more posh Chinese restaurants and it serves slightly better food than the average Chinese restaurant in China Town. Royal China has 5 branches now, one in canary wharf, one in Bayswater, one in Fulham, one in Harrow on the Hill and one on Baker street which I visited. Although I said you don’t need to book this place it gets seriously busy during weekend lunch time and you usually need to wait for at least 30 minutes if you come after 1 pm, but it is so popular because it is just a wonderful lunch place and I have been there with many different people on many different occasions. Don’t expect anything amazing, just good, decent value for money Chinese food.

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3.50

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Min Jiang
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
London
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Min Jiang is one of my favourite Chinese restaurants in London and I have been there many times and you can see pictures of many of the dishes I have had on various occasions here.

 

Min Jiang is locates just by Hyde Park on High Street Kensington in the Royal Garden hotel, and as the restaurant is located on the 10th floor it offers you an amazing view of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and London if you go there during the day. At night the restaurant sort of changes and the atmosphere is very different, as at night you can’t see anything outside and it becomes a more romantic dinner place. The design of the place is beautiful with red walls, white tablecloths, black chairs.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Hunan
51 Pimlico Road SW1W 8NE
London
United Kingdom
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When I discuss Hunan with people, half of the people have never heard of it, and the ones who know it think it is one of their favourite Chinese restaurants in London. Hunan is definitely one of my favourite Chinese restaurants in London, located in Pimlico and it is amazing in so many ways, and if you love Chinese food and have not yet been there, you must book it now.

For those of you that have not followed my food reviews, my boyfriend and I are going through the alphabet and each week depending on the letter you have you need to chose a cuisine or country that starts with that letter and a restaurant that serves this food (we have already done A (American food) and B (Bolivian food)). This week was my turn, and I had to choose a cuisine starting with the letter C and I decided to take the bf to Hunan (he had never been there before).

Maija rated: 

5.00

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Kai
65 South Audley Street, W1K 2QU
London
United Kingdom
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I like this Chinese restaurant and my friend Baiba and I have been going there for years. Kai is located in Mayfair on South Audley Street, and has less of an atmosphere than other Chinese restaurants but the food is good. Kai is one of the few Chinese restaurants that has a Michelin star and some people say it is one of the best Chinese restaurants in London.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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