Phoenix Palace is one of the most upmarket of London’s old-school dim sum palaces, set in a series of huge, opulent rooms that’ll make you feel like you’ve walked into an actual Qing dynasty palace (not that we’ve ever been to one). The high-class Cantonese food is several notches up from the standard fare and costs are justifiably higher than the average, but they’re well worth it. The dim sum list is all about the classics, and it’s perfect for an occasion when you want to invite all the friends, or when you’ve got parents or family along for the ride.
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Dinings is a very cosy sushi counter and downstairs Japanese restaurant that just happens to have some of the best sushi in London.
Roganic in Marylebone is a ‘let me take a moment to explain the menu’ kind of place featuring foraged ingredients. That said, it’s really very good.
Portland is a great restaurant in the vein of so many in London that focus on simple ingredients and offer a reasonably priced tasting menu.
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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.
Master Wei is an excellent casual Chinese restaurant in Bloomsbury, serving Xi’anese specialties that are worth going out of your way for.
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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