The year of the tiger is here. It is meant to symbolise strength and braveness, and can be incredibly lucky for many. But we mostly see it as a good excuse to revisit our favourite Chinese restaurants around the Square Mile.
And like those born in the year of the tiger, we want to know all the best places – from the incredibly luxurious dishes to the more traditional staples. That’s why this list includes a good blend of high-end Chinese dining institutions alongside smaller, less assuming local spots.
Be sure to indulge yourself by eating all manners of noodles, dim sum, fried rice and roasted meats. Here are our picks of some of the top Chinese restaurants in the City of London.
The Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square is too often overlooked for its food and drink offerings. It is a proper luxury dining destination in the Square Mile. We could go on for days about La Dame de Pic with its two Michelin stars but Mei Ume (located just across the hall) is more than worthy of proper praise. Their Chinese and Japanese fusion is simple and unproblematic, with flavours never fighting one another. Here, you can sip on sake all night, and feast on an entire Peking Duck.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square EC3N 4AJ
It’s no secret that we’re a little obsessed with Yauatcha in Broadgate Circle. It is one of our very favourite restaurants in the City of London. Much of this comes down to not only the quality of flavours but also the incredibly creative presentation of each small and large dish. Nothing is an afterthought here. The perfect introduction to Yauatcha would have to come in the form of their traditional yum cha (dim sum) experience. Either head there for lunch or dinner during the week or for their brunch alternative on weekends. If you haven’t been here yet, make sure you do this month.
1 Broadgate Circle EC2M 2QS
Master Wei and Xi’an Biang Biang Noodles
Chef Wei Guirong and Zhang Chao opened Highbury’s tiny Sichuan noodle restaurant, Xi’an Impression, a few years back. Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to get a table here, but this success has allowed each of the founders to open up their own restaurant. Chao runs Biang Biang Noodles in Spitalfields while Wei runs the kitchen at Master Wei in Bloomsbury. Both specialise in biang biang noodles which are of the thick and wheaty variety (much like a pappardelle pasta). They are then served in a thick spicy, garlicy sauce with meat or in a room temperature broth full of fresh herbs and spices. They’re perfectly situated for those of us who don’t want to line up outside their popular Highbury haunt.
62 Wentworth Street E1 7AL
A trio of friends hailing from Hong Kong have set up this small eatery by Liverpool Street Station, serving up damn good Cantonese roasted meats, noodles and dim sum. They’re bringing Takeaway-friendly Chinese food out of China Town and into the Square Mile. And we all get to benefit from this. The duck is delightful, but we are all about getting the mixed meat platter and a side of char siu bao buns for an extra dose of delicious gluttony. Try these guys next time you need to dash out for lunch – it will give you all the inspiration you need to get on with the rest of the day.
12 Devonshire Row EC2M 4RH
As authentic as it gets, Sichuan Folk is an unassuming Chinese restaurant just off Brick Lane and specialises in typical Sichuan cuisine, including the Sichuan Hotpot – one for the spice lovers!
Despite the food being top notch, the prices are incredibly reasonable, which means it often sees a full house of hungry customers most nights. If you can head there at lunch, it’s a little quieter and has great lunch deals, too! A favourite with the locals, it’s definitely worth trying ahead of the new year.
32 Hanbury Street E1 6QR