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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Old Town 97
Open until 4am every night, Old Town 97 is a super-useful Chinatown spot serving great roasted meats and Cantonese classics.
Sit at the bar at The Palomar, this Israeli small plates restaurant in Chinatown, and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
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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.
Yauatcha is a high-glam Chinese restaurant in Soho serving dim sum and beautiful desserts, with service that’s either perfect or absolutely rubbish.
Murger Hanhan is a very useful Mayfair restaurant serving excellent and inexpensive Xi’an specialties like biang biang noodles and murger.
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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.
Jen Cafe is the easiest dumpling fix in Chinatown. This Chinese cafe is basic i, so you really just want to hit it for a quick snack before moving on.
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