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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Barshu is the consensus number one option around town when you want to eat spicy Sichuan-style food in central London.
This busy Malaysian cafe does the best Char Kway Teow noodles in town and at £8, they are a total bargain too.
Old Town 97
Open until 4am every night, Old Town 97 is a super-useful Chinatown spot serving great roasted meats and Cantonese classics.
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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.
New Culture Revolution
New Culture Revolution is a casual Chinese spot on the Kings Road, and a good inexpensive choice for when you’re lost in Chelsea.
My Old Place
My Old Place is a classic Sichuan restaurant in Spitalfields with spicy, satisfying food.
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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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