Posts Tagged “Chinese”

Bó Drake – Greek Street

Bó Drake – Greek Street

It’s a part of Soho that has been the haunt of those seeking dubious nocturnal delights down the centuries, but also those associated with the arts and literature. Greek Street, running from Shaftesbury Avenue to Soho Square, might take its name from the Greek Church (later St. Mary’s) built in 1677. The church was on…

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Grand Imperial London for dinner

Grand Imperial London for dinner

This recently-opened Chinese restaurant, Grand Imperial, occupies part of a striking building and has undergone a £2m refurbishment. It’s part of the Grosvenor Hotel right next to Victoria Station. The Grosvenor is one of London’s great Victorian railway hotels, which still retains many period features reflecting its heritage. The hotel, formerly known as Thistle Victoria, is…

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Chinese Cricket Club

Chinese Cricket Club

Located on the corner of New Bridge Street in Blackfriars, Chinese Cricket Club couldn’t be more convenient for those using the newly refurbished Underground station opposite. Don’t look for wickets, practice-nets and pavilion: this Club is located inside The Crowne Plaza Hotel. Established in 2009, the restaurant is named in honour of the original Chinese…

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The Noodle House

The Noodle House

This might be a new name in London but, in fact, The Noodle House is the premier restaurant brand of Jumeirah Restaurants LLC, which was launched back in 2002.  It gained momentum and now has 16 outlets in the U.A.E, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, as well as Cyprus and Pakistan. It’s now a deliciously…

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It’s ‘Dim Sum’ but more

It’s ‘Dim Sum’ but more

Janice Wong has the accolade of Asia’s no.1 Pastry Chef. Well, we all know what famous chefs are like. Ego-driven, imposing hulks with loud voices, periodically rude, consistently condescending, care-worn complexions, prematurely aged, and supremely talented. Perhaps we should have a rethink, a pause in our assumptions, put a hold on swift conclusions. Chef Janice…

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Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London

Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London

Bo London will be the next venture headed by “demon chef” Alvin Leung. He could just as easily be described as “the Man in Black” due to his habitual costume, although not his personality. He is an easy chap to like, with a dry sense of humour and engaging manner. He was in the UK…

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Majestic Restaurant Singapore

Majestic Restaurant Singapore

[This venue is now closed] There is good food to be had all over Singapore. It’s famed for it. One can sit with the locals and enjoy a bowl of laksa at one of the numerous, cheap and buzzing hawker centres. There are small side-street restaurants specialising in steaming bowls of congee for breakfast through…

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Dumplings Legend review

Dumplings Legend review

This restaurant has been open a couple of years and is a sophisticated spot for smart-casual dining; but one starts the culinary adventure before one even reaches the table. The open dim sum kitchen is your introduction to the eponymous creations Dumplings of Dumplings’ Legend. The restaurant is a contemporary vision of white with mirrors….

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Suki – Chinatown, London

Suki – Chinatown, London

I have been exploring London’s Chinatown over the past weeks and it’s been an unexpected pleasure. Although I have had meals there in the past they were few and far between, and they were more in the line of ‘any port in a storm’ than a planned epicurean outing. Chinatown is growing into a creditable…

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Wulumuchi – Chinatown, London

Wulumuchi – Chinatown, London

We in London have always been open to diverse cuisines. The fish and chips that are considered to be so iconic are a melange of other European dishes but because we appreciated their delicious qualities we didn’t hesitate to make them our own. Then there was chicken tikka masala, which was a hybrid from the…

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The Chinese Cricket Club at The Crowne Plaza London – The City

The Chinese Cricket Club at The Crowne Plaza London – The City

It’s appropriate that I have a review of this restaurant just now. We have just watched the Cricket World Cup semi-final and are about to settle in front of the TV to watch the final (the equivalent of the American Super-Bowl or the Football World Cup), when India will face Sri Lanka. But the food…

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Barshu – Frith Street

Barshu – Frith Street

Frith Street was constructed in the 1680s, and is named after a builder called Richard Frith. In the 18th and early 19th centuries it was a hub of artistic endeavour with writers and painters coming to live in the street. The young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed at No. 20; famous landscape painter John Constable lived…

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Noodle Oodle

Noodle Oodle

The name Noodle Oodle might not be familiar to many but mention Inn Noodle and a few more might recollect a fast-paced noodle restaurant. This London restaurant holds the world record for hand-pulled noodles, and has reopened with a new name and look. It was opened in the summer by London’s deputy mayor, Richard Barnes….

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Chinese Afternoon Tea at Grand Imperial

Chinese Afternoon Tea at Grand Imperial

We think of afternoon tea as being the quintessentially English event. Well, in fact if we were to be purists we would say that it’s a traditionally Chinese occasion. Tea is, after all, Chinese, although India can lay claim to commercial production for mass export. The British were not even the first Europeans to appreciate…

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Easy Chinese Recipes

Easy Chinese Recipes

To any home cook that title might sound attractive – Easy Chinese Recipes – but to a reviewer who is a passionate cook that very same title can cause worries. Is this going to be a book with its focus on convenience foods? Could it be sub-titled “Make Friends with your Microwave”? The reality is…

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China Tang at The Dorchester review

China Tang at The Dorchester review

I am indeed an unashamed supporter of The Dorchester. Not that they exactly need my patronage but I want to nail my colours to their mast. It’s quality writ large and it never disappoints. If you are looking for classic service and charm then you will appreciate its every plush cushion and impressive vase. There…

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The Empress of Sichuan – London Chinatown

The Empress of Sichuan – London Chinatown

I know there are some good restaurants in and around Chinatown but they are famously few and far between. It’s a universal truth that the best food in any city will not be found in areas where business is supported by tourists. Those folks are a one-time hit: the restaurants don’t expect them to return…

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The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook

The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook

Recipes from Hunan Province The title of Fuchsia Dunlop’s Chinese cookbook is intriguing. It might not immediately sound appealing. Is this food for revolutionaries? Perhaps dishes to be welcomed by malcontent student activists and probably served from huge vats dotted around government buildings. It is in fact a tome that could just as reasonably be…

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Royal China – Baker Street

Royal China – Baker Street

Baker Street is in the Marylebone area of Westminster in London. It is most famous for being the home of Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221B Baker Street. The apartment, like the man himself, did not exist but these days the address has been created to house the Sherlock Holmes Museum. The street…

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Ching’s Chinese Food in Minutes

Ching’s Chinese Food in Minutes

Heat magazine proclaims “Ching-He Huang is the new face of Chinese cooking”. Fresh-faced and youthful, Ching already has, however, a good few years of successful career behind her. Ching-He is a popular contributor to various UK food programmes and was the presenter of her own series Chinese Food Made Easy. She is the author of…

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