Not just another Chinese takeout - the best Chinese food in London

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City guide: London

Avoid the grease traps and over-priced, over-battered stuff in Chinatown. Yvonne Mak, our travel features writer reveals the best Chinese food in the little English town of London.


I recommend those new to Chinese cuisine to try more "adventurous" dishes and explore beyond the safe option of sweet and sour pork and fried rice. I have turned my partner's 80-year-old Spanish grandmother into a Chinese food convert with the right, tasty dishes. So, don't be afraid to ask the waitresses (or Chinese patrons at the next table!) for some recommendations.

Here are a few of my go-to Chinese food places when in London:

Leung's Legend in Chinatown

It serves affordable food and good Taiwanese cuisine. Try their Dim Sum brunch on weekends. I always order the crispy shredded turnip, roast duck and chestnut puffs, xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and Szechuan noodles in soya bean paste.

Dim sum gets fancier at Yauatcha

This Michelin star restaurant has a slightly
'modern' fusion concept. Their dim sum selection is more than unusual.

Royal China on Baker Street

Good quality dim sum with expensive prices to match.

Roast duck at Gold Mine

The secret to a delicious plate of roast duck is in Bayswater, not Chinatown. Between Gold Mine and Four Seasons, my bets are on Gold Mine.

Duck feast at Gold Mine, in Bayswater


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