Joy King Lau is definitely one of the more relaxed restaurants in Chinatown, and one you should head to if you have a meal with your parents or relatives in the diary. Speaking of older folk, they also have a lift installed in case you don’t feel like trekking up the stairs, and it’s a multi-storey place, so there’s a good chance you might need it. The food’s solid, and we like their dim sum and their crab - it’s messy, but worth it.
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Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour
Opium comes with the obligatory arsey doorman. But if you can manage not to be put off by this, you’ll find an excellent cocktail bar.
Jinli is a Sichuan restaurant next to Leicester Square specialising in hot and dry pots. Come hungry and bring friends.
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Yauatcha is a high-glam Chinese restaurant in Soho serving dim sum and beautiful desserts, with service that’s either perfect or absolutely rubbish.
Mao Chow is a cupboard-sized spot by London Fields making very tasty all-vegan Chinese food.
Wuli Wuli is a no frills cash-only Chinese restaurant in Camberwell serving excellent value Sichuan cuisine and a bowl of chicken you’ll dream about.
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Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
There are lots of restaurants in Chinatown to visit if you just want a plate of roast meat and rice, or some noodles, but TPT is our favourite.
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