If there's one place that you can always rely on for great cocktails, service and dim sum in London, it's Ping Pong. And with outposts in Shepherd's Bush, Southbank and St Paul's just to name a few, you'll find Hong Kong Coladas and Chinese Lynchburgs matched with delicious bites all across the city.
Where To Find London's Best Dumplings
Ahh, dumplings... the delicate bite-sized morsels that we just can't seem to get enough of. From hidden Chinatown restaurants to sexy sky-high eateries, these are the top places to get your East Asian fix. Whether you've got a taste for succulent steamed parcels and drool-inducing cheeseburger-stuffed gyoza or oozy xiao long bao, our guide on where to find London's best dumplings has it all.
Inspired by NYC's dining scene and the music that comes with it, Dirty Bones is bringing a flavour of the Big Apple to Shoreditch, Soho and Kensington. There's bottomless brunch, vegan burgers and crafty cocktails but it's the cheeseburger dumplings for us; think housemade gyoza stuffed with mince and melted cheese. Drool.
Hidden within Chinatown, Opium prides itself on a cracking menu of both cocktails and dim sum. Expect old-school Shanghai-style from the cocktail bar to the parlour, and bites that include siu mai, har gau, char siu and traditional dumplings.
Chinese food with a view? Hutong is bringing you just that, with refined cooking 33 levels up in The Shard. Get down to the City for lanterns, silky decor and sweeping views paired with cocktails, scallop wontons, XO dumplings and signature dim sum.
While Master Wei is probably most well known for its epic hand-pulled noodles, the Bloomsbury local has much more to offer. The menu is simple but flavourful, with steamed veggie dumplings, spicy pork soup parcels, wontons in chicken broth and American-style pot-stickers all making an appearance.
Housed within one of London's swankiest hotels lies China Tang. Whether you're vegan, veggie or a fully-fledged carnivore, there's something for everyone here. Fill up on Iberico pork siu long bao, shiitake buns, prawn cheung fun, steamed dumplings and plenty more.
From the delicious dining menu to an impressive in-house bakery and tropical fish tanks, there's more than one reason to visit Yauatcha. If you came to the Soho restaurant for dumplings, then you'll find everything from crab and caviar to black truffle fillings.
Nestled on Soho's bustling Old Compton Street, Robata brings a taste of East Asia to the West End. Choose between sushi, small plates, bao buns and skewers grilled on the open flame. Whatever you do, leave room for the miso aubergine and a helping of kimchi gyoza.
In search of the best dumplings in London? Red Farm's are definitely on the fun side. There's all sorts of squidgy parcels at this West End fave; from soupy numbers that require a little straw action over to colourful Pac-Man-inspired creations.
Known for their soup dumplings and noodles, Din Tai Fung is the Taiwanese import that's taken Covent Garden by storm. If you're lucky enough not to find a queue, make your way past the chefs at work and tuck into a basket of perfectly cooked xiao long bao.