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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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.
Patty & Bun
This is the original of the excellent Patty & Bun restaurants, and a great place to grab a burger and cocktail on busy James Street.
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Kaki is a restaurant in King’s Cross serving food from all over China. You’ll want to come back here time and again.
Lanzhou Noodle Bar
It doesn’t look promising from the outside, but Lanzhou Noodle Bar near Leicester Square makes excellent Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
My Neighbours The Dumplings
MNTD’s second spot is near Victoria Park. It’s walk-in only, it’s great for a casual meal, and you should only be thinking about the dumplings.
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