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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If you’re looking for some great soup dumplings in Chinatown, head for Beijing Dumpling.
Orient is a classic Cantonese restaurant on Wardour Street with a dim sum menu (and cheung fun) that you should definitely seek out.
Food House is a Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown serving solid chilli oil noodles, platters of dumplings, and more. It’s good for a group, or solo.
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Dumpling Shack is best known for it’s sheng jian bao soup dumplings and, once you try them, you’ll realise why - just don’t skip their chilli oil.
Yauatcha’s City outpost in Broadgate Circle has all the pretty dim sum, ambience, and upmarket food of the original glam Chinese restaurant.
My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
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