Dim Sum

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Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum
15-16 Gerrard Street W1D 6JA
London
United Kingdom

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My friend Una was organizing her birthday drinks in Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour and I do think it is a great place for birthday drinks. Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour as the name suggests is a dim sum and cocktail bar in Chinatown owned by Dre Masso, Martin Malley and Eric Yu. There is a small sign outside the door in Chinatown saying Opium (and a big bouncer) and you walk up the stairs in a stairway that smells of incense and two floors up is the dragon-red coloured Apothecary Bar (which is stocked not with drink bottles but with Chinese medicine bottles). There are actually many rooms around the house which adds to the charm of the place. The décor is Chinese meats hipster, as there are Chinese elements around the room (incense, Chinese vases) but it is casual and has a casual Soho bar feel as well with old armchairs (and in the toilet the speakers blast you with terrifyingly loud Mandarin announcements).

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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.

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4.50

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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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4.50

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

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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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