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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Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
Sit at the bar at The Palomar, this Israeli small plates restaurant in Chinatown, and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Barshu is the consensus number one option around town when you want to eat spicy Sichuan-style food in central London.
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Broadway Market + Netil Market
Broadway and Netil Market is most likely the trendiest Saturday only food market in London, where the options are as diverse as the crowd there.
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.
Hutong is the Shard’s ultra-swish Chinese restaurant, and if we were going to throw down on a pricey dinner with a view, this would be on our list.
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