Jinli is 30 seconds from Leicester Square and if you’re craving Sichuan food, this is one of the spots to hit in Chinatown. The hot and dry pots, in particular, are perfect for a big group meal, and the whole deep fried sea bass covered in chilli oil is a must order. It’s crispy, it’s moist, and you’ll find yourself mining for more fish amongst the oil, dry chilli, and Sichuan peppercorns. If you’re moving in numbers and more than happy to eat out of the same (hot) pot, this is a good option.
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If you’re looking for some great soup dumplings in Chinatown, head for Beijing Dumpling.
Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
Food House is a Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown serving solid chilli oil noodles, platters of dumplings, and more. It’s good for a group, or solo.
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Mao Chow is a cupboard-sized spot by London Fields making very tasty all-vegan Chinese food.
Lucky & Joy
Lucky and Joy is a fun and flavourful Chinese-influenced restaurant in Clapton that feels like a night out, with added sesame noodles.
Redfarm is a cute spot in Covent Garden, and you’ll have a good time here so long as you stick to their creative and tasty dim sum.
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