Steamed buns, curries & all that good stuff
Below is a round up of Asian food spots I’ve been to in London town that range from decent to really damn fine. I’ll keep adding to this and updating it, so make sure to check back for the latest juice. View Map
CHINESE & TAIWANESE
Steamed Buns | x2 Locations | ££
Style and substance at play at this much hyped Taiwanese small plates joint. Only been to the one on Lexington Street but they have a Sat pop up at Netil Market and opened up another permanent spot in Fitzrovia. The fried chicken bao is criminally delicious, order several. Reservations possible only at Fitzrovia (basement). Read more here
Taiwanese | Soho | £££
Xu like Bao (run by the same folk) is legit. A sophisticated space with no trace of snootiness; it’s bringing old school glamour into a cool modern context. It’s spinning out banging plates like the chicken wing with sanpei sauce and caviar and the ‘drop egg crab’, all delivered with happy vibes. In sum, the food is on point, the space is on point and the service is on point. Would I go back? Without a damn question. Reservations Recommended.
Upscale Chinese | Mayfair | ££££
Upmarket Chinese located in the Dorchester. I went here for a cousin’s birthday and they picked up the tab. Lots of dishes were ordered and from what I recollect, it was a all pretty good. I would go always pick Hakkasan for Chinese fare in a high end setting but I’d certainly go back here, if someone else is paying 🙂 Reservations Recommended.
Upscale Chinese | Mayfair | £££££
1 Michelin star Chinese restaurant founded by Alan Yau; has outposts across the globe. Have been to the one in Hanway Place and most recently went to the Mayfair branch recently for my birthday – the food was topnotch (decor feels a little outdated but I don’t go there for that, I go there for a ducking good time). Reservations Recommended.
Dim Sum | Soho | ££££
Another restaurant founded and sold on by Alan Yau. I’ve only ever been to the one in Soho but there’s another in The City. The decor in the Broadwick Street branch is a little dated but the dim sum is bang on as are the cocktails and desserts. Always consistently good. Reservations Recommended.
JAPANESE & KOREAN
Ramen & More | Piccadilly | ££
Anzu, Tonkotsu’s posh big bro is in St James’s Square sandwiched by Veneta and Ole & Steen – 3 mins walk from Piccadilly and for you fashion folk, about 1 min from Dover Street Market. I’m genuinely baffled why every time I’ve been it’s been near dead; the dumplings are brilliant, the ramen decent, the staff friendly and the price point really damn good for the setting and the area. Piccadilly’s very own ‘hidden’ gem. Walk Ins & Reservations
Ramen | Various Locations | £
Describes itself as Japanese soul food. Had the chicken ramen and kushikatsu skewers at the Old St spot; both enjoyable albeit a little on the salty side. They’ve got a group of restaurants dotted around the city with different offerings e.g focus at ‘Flesh & Buns’ is gua bao buns whereas at Bone Daddies, ramen is king. Walk Ins & Reservations.
Small Plates | x3 Locations | £££
Pitches itself as a Japanese izakaya (small plates drinking den). I’ve been here loads and there are some really good dishes (e.g the sticky miso grilled aubergine with candied walnuts) but I actually think it’s somewhat overpriced. Scott Halsworth and all his staff are pretty stellar though – great customer service. Walk Ins & Reservations. Read more here
Korean | Various Locations | £
Korean street food joint. Have been to the one near St. Paul’s and had the fried chicken steamed bun slathered with sweet chilli sauce and shredded cabbage which was very sloppy but rather tasty. Their bibimbap is less impressive. You can eat in and there are a couple of spots across town. No Reservations.
Ramen | Various Locations | £
Decent ramen noodle bar serving up other Japanese bites. I really dig their ‘Eat The Bits’ chilli oil which is really flavoursome but could just do with a bit more of a fiery kick. I’ve only been to the one in Bankside but they have a station in Selfridges and branches in Notting Hill and on Mare Street. No Reservations. Read more here