2/06/2013 12:25:00 PM

Where to Get Dumplings in London for Chinese New Year

The Year of the Snake is almost upon us - celebrate Chinese New Year with a steaming-hot plate of dumplings. Read on to find out which spots are worth your time, and let us know your favourites in the comments.

Yauatcha
Food: 27
Decor: 24
Service; 21
Cost: £52
The “buzzing nightclub atmosphere doesn’t overshadow” the “inventive” Chinese menu – led by a “diverse” range of “swoon-making”, “expertly crafted dim sum” – at this “glorious experience” in Soho, where the “glamourous” digs are patrolled by servers who can be “charming” or “lax” “depending on when you go”; afternoon tea with “addictive macarons” and “amazing” “warm scones” is “pretty special” and “great value” too (otherwise, the “bill adds up”).

15 Broadwick St., W1F; 020 7494 8888


Min Jiang
Food: 26
Decor: 25
Service: 23
Cost: £55
“Wow” views of Kensington Palace and Gardens from the Royal Garden Hotel’s 10th-floor dining room are complemented by “outstanding” Beijing duck (“don’t say Peking!”), “higher-end” dim sum and other “succulent” dishes” at this “pricey” Chinese; “attentive service” and a “popular rendezvous” bar with “decent cocktails” are “bonuses.”

2-24 Kensington High St., 10th fl. W8; 020 7937 8000


Plum Valley
Food: 25
Decor: 21
Service: 19
Cost: £26
 “An oasis of calm” amidst “the hustle and bustle of Chinatown”, this “upscale, modern” venue provides an “incredible selection” of Chinese fare “for the hard-core food lover”, including “excellent dim sum” and “innovative vegetarian dishes”; such a “serious” culinary focus commands costs that some feel are “a bit pricey” for the genre, but it’s “worth trying” nonetheless – just prepare for service that can be either “sweet” or “surly.”

20 Gerrard St., W1D; 020 7494 4366

Pearl Liang
Food: 24
Decor: 18
Service: 17
Cost: £37
“Despite being in the middle of nowhere” (“bring your GPS”), this Paddington Chinese is “always packed” thanks to its “lip-smackingly good” Peking duck, “fantastic selection” of dim sum and other “delicious”, “diverse” dishes offered alongside an “interesting cocktail menu”; “prices are on the high side” considering sometimes “spotty” service, but they match the “fancy ambience” bedecked with “grand” bright-pink furnishings.

8 Sheldon Sq., W2; 020 7289 7000

Golden Dragon
Food: 24
Decor: 16
Service: 17
Cost: £31
“Massive portions” of “tasty” dim sum and other “reliable” Chinese fare is the “cheap” deal at this “traditional” Chinatown establishment with a “wide-ranging menu” and “hectic” “school-canteen” atmospherics; there’s plenty of room for “family parties” in the “spacious” environs, but this is “not a restaurant where you’re encouraged to stay” – in fact, it seems like “not-chummy” staff “can’t wait” to “send you packing.”

28-29 Gerrard St., W1D; 020 7734 1073


Princess Garden
Food: 24
Decor: 19
Service: 22
Cost: £43
“Palates that appreciate superior Chinese dishes” will revel in the “fabulous” food at this “high-end” Mayfair Mandarin where the “diverse menu” includes “incredible dim sum”; furthermore, “knowledgeable staff” and a “lively but not overly noisy” ambience help make the “spacious”, minimal room suited for “that special occasion.”

8-10 N. Audley St., W1K; 020 7493 3223


Shanghai Blues
Food: 23
Decor: 23
Service: 19
Cost: £46
Devotees praise “innovative, classy dim sum”, “spot-on” specials and other “high-quality dishes” at this “stylish”, “dark” Holborn Chinese; those who “mainly go for the atmosphere” overlook the “sometimes surly service” and prices “on the high side” since it’s “just the place for intimate gatherings” and “big parties” alike; P.S. weekend nights bring live jazz.

193-197 High Holborn, WC1V; 020 7404 1668

Royal China
Food: 23
Decor: 17
Service: 17
Cost: £36
“Top-drawer dim sum” (served daily until 4.45 PM) transcends “outdated decor” and “hurried”, “robotic service” at this “noisy” chainlet whose “wide selection” of “good-value” Chinese dishes brings fans “as close as it gets” to the real thing without “a ticket to Hong Kong”; with “no weekend bookings”, you should “arrive early” to avoid “long queues”, or come for dinner (which is “more expensive”).

Multiple locations


China Tang
Food: 22
Decor: 24
Service: 22
Cost: £71
Underneath The Dorchester Hotel, this “exquisite” space evokes a “chic” “private club” in “’20s Shanghai”, where “tuxedoed staff” serve “international business types” and their “well-dressed” dates “upscale”, “excessively expensive” Cantonese fare; “duck in some manner is a must”, but the “dim sum is just as good”, as are “divine cocktails” at the “packed bar.”

53 Park Ln., W1K; 020 7629 9988


Phoenix Palace
Food: 23
Decor: 18
Service: 19
Cost: £30
“Good-value” dim sum and “big dishes” (including some “esoteric” offerings) “rarely disappoint” at this “large and buzzing” Marylebone Cantonese venue; service is often “charming”, but it’s the “grand” “blinged-out Chinese palace” decor, awash in “gold and red”, that elevates it to an “exciting experience.”

5-9 Glentworth St., NW1; 020 7486 3515

Ping Pong
Food: 21
Decor: 19
Service: 19
Cost: £28
“For those who don’t want to brave Chinatown”, this “crowded”, “hip” Chinese chain offers a “wonderful array” of “tasty” dim sum and other “creative morsels” for “reasonable prices”; “enthusiastic”, “efficient” service can abet a “quick meal”, though unhurried types say it’s worth lingering at the “shared tables” over “excellent” gourmet teas and “cocktails with a twist.”

Multiple locations



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