This excellent newish sibling of Hakkasan (q.v.), is a new concept for Londoners; being an airy tea room/pastry shop on the ground floor, and an all-day (almost a contradiction) dim sum restaurant in the basement.
The basement effect is diminished by twinkling ceiling lights and a long fish tank, that subtly divides the room - while the chefs can be seen beavering away in the kitchen.The tea room menu offers around 50 types of tea (including Taiwanese Blue Tea) plus French pastries.
While the standard of the dim sum's rival any in London. A few stir-fry and noodle dishes are also offered.Unlike many dim sum operations, tables can be booked, so avoiding queues - especially at Sunday lunch. The downside is, you are only allocated your table slot for 90 minutes.
Desserts shouldn't be missed; and might include the likes of 'Szechuan Pepper Pannacotta with Cocoa Sorbet and Raspberry Sauce'.
We have heard criticism of slow service, particularly if table times over run, but in our experience, it's professional and friendly.
- Food Style: Chinese
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00; mains £10-£38; set L £40 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 17.30-23.45 (Sun 17.30-22.30); mains £10-£38; set D £40 (3 courses)
- Seats: 180
- Wine: An interesting wine list kicks off at about £26
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page - on the corner of Broadwick and Berwick St.
- Closed: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Only
- Air conditioned