The food at Ba Shan hails from Hunan province, and it definitely doesn’t resemble the takeaway you ate last week. This kind of Chinese food is spicier and doesn’t shy away from chilli - the spicy softshell crab is excellent, and the red-braised pork is non-negotiable, so long as you’re not afraid of pork belly. The best seats are at the front of the restaurant, where it feels like you’re in a traditional inn in the Chinese countryside. It’s a little pricey, but the food’s worth it if you’re looking for a break from the typical Chinatown fare.
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Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
Jen Cafe is the easiest dumpling fix in Chinatown. This Chinese cafe is basic i, so you really just want to hit it for a quick snack before moving on.
The Baozi Inn is an unassuming Chinatown restaurant that does brilliant bowls of spicy dumplings and noodles from Beijing and Sichuan.
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Park Chinois is a very entertaining upmarket spot in Mayfair serving very average and very expensive food.
The Sichuan is an ideal group City spot for ordering as much of the menu as you can manage.
Xi’an Biang Biang Noodles
Xi’an Biang Biang is a casual Chinese spot in Spitalfields specialising in hand-pulled noodles.
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