The following restaurants are noted for their authenticity and have been provided with a Chopstix™ window sticker to alert potential diners. Each one has been personally visited and reviewed for inclusion by Chopstix™ founder Ian Fenn.
- A. Wong
70 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE. Tel: 020 7828 8931.
Allow yourself to be advised by staff at this innovative but authentic local. Book ‘Bar seat 8’ to sit centimetres away from the kitchen.
- Cafe T P T
21 Wardour St, London W1D 6PN. Tel: 020 7734 7980.
A simple, bare-table Chinatown restaurant still managing to maintaining standards. Chinese BBQ, congee and noodle dishes all done well. Also look out for Chinese Malaysian dishes such as bak kut teh.
- China Boulevard
1 The Boulevard, Smugglers Way, London SW18 1DE. Tel: 020 8874 9878.
One of few outer South West London restaurants to offer classic dim sum, Chinese BBQ and traditional dishes such as Drunken Chicken and Hongchow Stewed Pork.
- Fu Manchu
15-16 Lendal Terrace, London SW4 7UX. Tel: 020 3397 8844.
Classic dim sum and innovative cocktails occupy the menu of this archway bar. A little pricey but worth the trip.
- Grand Imperial
101 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0SJ. Tel: 020 7821 8898.
Visit for classic dim sum. Check their website for special offers that bring the cost below high-end hotel level.
51 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE. Tel: 020 7730 5712.
Chef Peng may have retired but son Michael continues to manage this long-established restaurant with aplomb. Put your meal in his hands.
Level 33, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY. Tel: 020 3011 1257.
We booked a table here for 2pm only for the restaurant to seat us late and close the kitchen 15 minutes later. We’re including them as their Shanghai-style xiao long bao are probably the best in London.
- Mandarin Palace
559-561 Cranbrook Road, London IG2 6JZ. Tel: 020 8550 7661.
The side of a major roundabout is an unlikely place to find one of London best venues for dim sum.
- Min Jiang
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT. Tel: 020 7361 1988.
‘Legendary’ is how Min Jiang describe their wood-fired Beijing duck. We wouldn’t necessarily go that far, but it’s pretty good. Ensure you order it when placing your reservation.
- Naturally Chinese Restaurant
59-63 Brighton Rd, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 5LR. Tel: 020 8399 5533.
The only Chinese restaurant that we know of in the London area to offer a gluten-free menu including dim sum.
- Pearl Liang
8 Sheldon Square, London W2 6EZ. Tel: 020 7289 7000.
Service can become brusque during busy lunchtimes, but the restaurant is busy for a reason. Try the dim sum or classic seafood dishes.
- Phoenix Palace
5 Glentworth Street, London NW1 5PG. Tel: 020 7486 3515.
Popularity with Chinese diners continues to ensure that this Baker St venue maintains standards. Traditonal dim sum and Cantonese.
- Shikumen Shepherd’s Bush
Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8QE. Tel: 020 8749 9978.
We weren’t impressed by their Peking Duck as the skin was chewy, not crisp. Give that a miss and opt for the impressive dim sum and noodle dishes instead.
- Taiwan Village
85 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD. Tel: 020 7381 2900.
The head chef here worked at Hunan before opening his own place. Order the ‘leave-it-to-us’ feast and you’re unlikely to be disappointed.
London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT. Tel: 020 7473 6699.
Gigantic dockside restaurant with a comprehensive offering of dim sum, Chinese BBQ and traditional Cantonese dishes.