Yipin’s menu covers a lot of the map of China, but you should concentrate on the Hunan and Sichuan sections – that’s where the chefs are from. This is upscale Chinese in an upscale area and therefore not cheap, but big portions mean you don’t have to max out your plastic to get well fed. Many dishes contain massive quantities of chilli, fresh and dried. You can eat them all or just swallow a mouthful of napalm - it comes to the same thing. Order spiced fungus (a kind of wild mushroom), numbing and hot beef, and stir-fried pig knuckle.
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For one of the best breakfasts/brunches in Islington, head to Sunday. The eggs benedict is worth the long queue.
Alpino is an old-school caff in Islington that serves enormous breakfasts and lunchtime pastas. And all at crazy low prices.
Delhi Grill is a fun spot for a cheap group dinner in Islington. Get involved with the whole menu.
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Hung’s Chinese Restaurant | 美食軒
Hung’s is .a Chinatown staple that’s good for no-nonsense noodle soup and Cantonese roast meat. It’s also an excellent late night Chinese restaurant.
Yauatcha is a high-glam Chinese restaurant in Soho serving dim sum and beautiful desserts, with service that’s either perfect or absolutely rubbish.
The Duck and Rice
The Duck and Rice pairs cold pints of Pilsener Urquell with brilliant Cantonese dim sum. Hit it up for a weeknight dinner or an afternoon snack.
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