Find this smart Chinese restaurant housed in what was originally the St. Giles Library. However, the interior has been skilfully transformed by the clever use of hand-painted silk awnings, antique Chinese tables and pale-blue leather dining chairs.
The skilful kitchen team are particularly proud of their dim sum and seafood dishes. The former only available during the day.
The enormous menu, can make choosing difficult, but offers the likes of 'Smoked Eels in Honeyed Barbecue Sauce'; 'Pumpkin Dumplings with Prawns and Minced Pork'; 'Crispy Squid with Salted Egg Yolk' and 'Salt and Pepper Asparagus with Lotus Root Slices' among the starters.
While you might be tempted by 'Braised Pork Belly with Chinese Herbs and Vinegar'; 'Tofu Hot Pot with Prawns and Minced Chicken'; 'Grilled Duck with Shanghai Bread and Spring Onions'; 'Pan-Fried Alaskan King Crab in Sake and Barbecue Marinades' and 'Lobster with Garlic and Vermicelli' to follow.
The short list of desserts owes as much to the West as the East - but chocolate lovers might be tempted by 'Chocolate Fondant with Praline and Strawberry with Vanilla Ice Cream'.
Two other more modest restaurants - 'Shanghai' in
Kingsland High Street, and 'Weng Wah House' in Haverstock Hill are under the same ownership.Friendly, professional service.
- Food Style: Chinese
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-23.30; Dim Sum from about £6 per item; mains about £9 to £52; set L £15.80; Tasting Menu £48
- Dinner: all week, 12.00-23.30; mains about £9 to £52; Tasting Menu £48
- Seats: 80
- Wine: an extensive list, kicking off at around £30, has firm prices, but includes some prestigious bottles which would be wasted when accompanying spicy food; their selection of interesting teas might be a better alternative.
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Holborn Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned