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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Bake is a cash only bakery in Chinatown serving fantastic soft serve out of their trademark taiyaki - a fish-shaped waffle situation.
Old Town 97
Open until 4am every night, Old Town 97 is a super-useful Chinatown spot serving great roasted meats and Cantonese classics.
Olle is a Korean BBQ spot on Shaftesbury Avenue where you’ll get to cook things like like wagyu beef on a grill in the middle of your table.
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Master Wei is an excellent casual Chinese restaurant in Bloomsbury, serving Xi’anese specialties that are worth going out of your way for.
Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant in Highbury making some of the best Chinese food in London. Don’t miss the hand-pulled noodles.
Royal China is an excellent Chinese restaurant in Marylebone serving upmarket cuisine with a side of ambience. Dim sum is a classic move here.
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