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where to have lobster noodles/ Chilli crab in China Town

hi everyone

does anybody know where is best for lobster noodles and chilli crab for a group of friends in the China Town area, that is reasonable and accept bookings? we are thinking of going around February time to avoid Chinese New year

thanks

SJ

Jan 12, 2014
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

40th birthday - where to go

thanks i will look into this :)

Feb 15, 2013
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

40th birthday - where to go

hello

i'm looking for somewhere reasonable no more than £25-30 per head in a central London/City of London restaurant that serves French or modern European/ British food or fusion food to celebrate my 40th birthday.
its a nightmare as a few restaurant i looked at like the Criterion does a great deal for £23 but that is for tables of less than 10, for tables more than 10 they told me the price for set menu will be £46 :(

Does anybody know of any decent restaurants that are worth checking out. I want somewhere that is a bit special but i am guessing that comes at a price?

thanks SJ

Feb 14, 2013
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

where to eat in Lisbon-cheap and moderate places

thanks Jojojoli

will check these out :)

Feb 10, 2013
sichuanjunkie in Spain/Portugal

where to eat in Lisbon-cheap and moderate places

hiya

will be going to Lisbon in April and was wondering where to go and what to eat.
My friends and I want to try typical Lisbon food that won't cost the earth
We are all not very fussy apart from one who is vegetarian (can eat fish) and can't eat gluten so if there are any recommendations for that too, that will be great.

Thanks
SJ

Jan 10, 2013
sichuanjunkie in Spain/Portugal

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

hi Frogprince

no it wasn't the choc dim sum - i am guessing they did a special 'groupon' dim sum platter

Apr 20, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

hi Zuriga

as per frogprince its normally about £18-20- more if you want champers :)

Apr 20, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

Hey Frogprince

glad u managed to get a booking at Jkl- i guess you pay for what you get with places like Yauatcha being pricey but better quality of food and more contemporary

Grand Imperial was nice..it was their Cantonese afternoon tea we had which wasn't bad- about £14 for two on a groupon offer with limitless tea.
Restaurant itself was gorgeous(reminds me a bit of Shanghai Blues)..inside a hotel by Victoria Station and service immaculate.

The food came out on those 3 tier cake stands you have for afternoon tea. The top tier consisted of
dim sum included two pieces of lobster dumpling which was divine, two cod rolls that were deep fried in vermicelli, two bbq pork baked puffs

2nd tier we had two veg lettuce wraps and two shredded duck with hoisin sauce with spring onions/cucumber on prawn cracker

3rd tier had dessert which was two green tea creme brulee which was gorgeous and not too sweet and for the life of me can't remember the other dessert

my friend and I were stuffed after.

we love to try their proper dim sum menu but its pricey. Still not see their AYCE deal though and no cheung fung? thats terrible-its a staple :)

Apr 17, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

hey frogprince how was joy king?

will let u know about grand imperial once i have tried it :)

SJ

Mar 25, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

defo - hoping they have emailed me back at work for booking next week

will let you know :)

Mar 25, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

i've checked their website and could not see the eat as much.
recently bought a groupon voucher for Grand imperial, so trying to book for next weekend £16 for two people for a cantonese afternoon tea (no idea how much we will get but prob not much)

Mar 24, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

hiya frogprince

ended up in joy king lau and it was really nice. The service was good..we sat on 3rd floor and arrived around 1pm. We did try to book which my colleague did for me but when we got there they had no note of our booking so i suggest if there is 9-10 of u to get there early (just in case as its v busy on Sundays for dim sum in China town)
Also the Shao long bau wasn't that great - no juice in the dumpling (must have juice in my book) but other than that most of the dim sum we had was nice

Didn't like Jade Garden because you are really squashed together and the food is very hit and miss; first time I went was great but second time was poor...the only nice dish is their shao long bau- lots of juice :)

I personally recommend if you are near E London, I will go Yi-ban always good there..plus you can book hassle free or via top table. I always see large groups there.

otherwise for me in china town it will have to be Joy king lau...we ordered loads and the bill came to about £12 a head for 6 of us and we had double of everything as most of the dim sum came in 3's, plus we had a plate of seafood noodles

let me know how u get on - this is making me hungry :)

Mar 24, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

oh i haven't ..i tend to just go where i know which is usually yi-ban..on the off chance i did go somewhere different it was never that good :( although of course with chowhounders' recommendations its always great to try different places knowing that others have enjoyed it :)

Mar 14, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

hi Limster

cool thanks for letting me know. I did try to book Joy king Lau earlier today for Saturday but they told me they were fully booked and to just show up...hmmm! not great as there are 6 of us and she never even asked how many people and literally slammed the phone down at me. Knew i should have used my pigeon cantonese but my colleague b,ooked 5 mins later and spoke in perfect Cantonese and got me a table. Terrible..shouldn't be discriminated but my Chinese is not so good so didn't want to chance it so speak English instead

SJ

Mar 13, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

which dim sum restaurant in China town London

hello

am taking some colleagues into China town on Saturday and as i no longer go into town preferring instead to have dim sum at yi-ban, i was wondering where is good and reasonable for dim sum in town

my choices are

joy king lau - it's an old family favourite but i haven't been for like 4 years
Lido (didn't know they did dim sum)
Chuen Cheng Ku although not been since I was a small child- many moons ago :)

been to jade garden and was not impressed

I kinda want somewhere where the food is v authentic but not too much msg..i don't mind if service is crap as its more about the food as being chinese myself and growing up going to chinese restaurants i don't expect good service but good food :)

thanks

SJ

Mar 12, 2012
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Chinese style beef / pork jerky- where to buy in London

perfect i will check...hopefully it taste as good as the brand i had from taiwan :)

Nov 19, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Chinese style beef / pork jerky- where to buy in London

cool thanks- i've emailed the manufacturers of the brand i liked in Taiwan who has factory in America. unfortunately we won't be getting any in uk or Europe...you would have thought they would as i know lots of people would love it - shame. Guess i will just have to gorge on it if i go America or get a chance to go far east again

Nov 11, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Chinese style beef / pork jerky- where to buy in London

hiya

I am dying for some Beef / pork jerky but don't know where I can buy it in London. I used to go bring back some from Taiwan but its illegal to bring back and I hardly go home now.
Am travelling to Singapore in transit but again its illegal

I am after the oriental style ones that they do in the far east rather than the American/western style. My fav brand in Taiwan is Hsin dung yang in the red packaging but I have never seen it in the UK only in US :(

thanks
SJ

Nov 08, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Manchurian Legends? [London]

hi Kake no problem glad you enjoyed

Did you find the food a bit oily?

Anyway I went on Friday with a school friend and we ordered the following (excuse me if I get some of names wrong as it was only late last night I remembered I was supposed to write them down but was starving at the time of ordering) and our ordering was geared towards dishes that had chili or were spicy

So if I remember we had the Lamb Skewers which is a 'must' if anybody goes to ML. The meat was grilled to perfection with the right amount of fat , had taste of cumin, chili and other spices. (this was probably my favourite of all the dishes we ordered)

We also ordered Beef in hot and spicy sauce which I believe was meant to be like the boiled beef in hot and spicy sauce that you find in many sichuan restaurants - this was a bit bog standard and to me not spicy enough but then I am not in a Sichuan restaurant so maybe it's not supposed to be so fiery?

also ordered Chicken in hotpot....this comes in a mini wok like hot pot balanced on a wooden board that has several tealights? on the bottom that 'cooks' the chicken. The chicken comes already cooked but be warned, do let the t ealights? heat the chicken otherwise its cold, once the tealight/gas thing does it's bit the chicken is nice and warm. The chicken is also on the bone which does make it tastier.

We ordered pork fried pastry which I don't recommend...the pastry was very oily, the mince pork filling I found not very fresh. Both my friend and I left most of this

We also ordered pork chili noodles which we didn't finish. The noodles were ho fun / Pho which looked like were steamed or just rinsed with warm water and some sort of mince pork in sauce was put over the noodles. It reminds me of dan dan noodles a bit but because the ho fun were all stuck together mixing the meat with the noodle was very difficult and again I didn't enjoy.

For drinks we had bubble tea which come in individual jugs , I had the normal tea flavoured and friend had the papaya, both were very nice although very creamy...I am guessing they add cream..anyway we were both quite piggy and had two but i hardly touched my second. To be honest I am still trying to find a place in the UK that makes Bubble tea like in Taiwan as they are so different out there, and seem lighter

We found that the portions were quite substantial and struggled to finish everything

I also found that you were rushed in the restaurant as I guess as it's a Friday they want a quick turn around. After we had eaten I was still trying to drink my bubble tea but they gave us the bill. It was very quiet when we first got to ML at 7.30 and we were told to go upstairs which had only one other table but when we left the whole place was packed.

Total bill came to £39.80 but they did try to charge us more but I had to remind them that we when I booked we were on the restaurant privilege offer which they then took off about 25%

so in a nutshell I wasn't overly impressed with the dishes but that could just be down to choosing bad dishes and I don't like dismissing a place based on just one visit. Also I did find myself comparing it to Sichuan restaurants which is silly as its not a Sichuan restaurant although some of the names of dishes were very similar . I did find the menu consisted of too much offal which unfortunately I am not a fan of.
I probably would go back at some point but with more people and only if they still had the discount but I believe it runs out on 31 August 2011? so if you want to try, I would do it before end of Aug

Aug 27, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Any cheap dim sum places I should know about ? [London]

is this in like the 80's where the capital radio is now? think it was called Man fu kung (excuse the spelling) I used to be taken there every time my parents were visiting London as a kiddie :)..didn't they used to have trolleys and long queues

Aug 25, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Any cheap dim sum places I should know about ? [London]

we always go to Yi-ban near the excel centre (restaurant looks over the Thames facing City Airport)- think the nearest station is Royal Albert on DLR- if you are driving ample parking at the London Rowing club which shares the premises with Yi-ban

just be aware that unlike the expensive places they stop serving at 5pm

SJ

Aug 24, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Manchurian Legends? [London]

hi will do a full post after my dinner there on Friday :)

SJ

Aug 24, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Manchurian Legends? [London]

hi

have just booked to go Manchurian Legends for this Friday

Has anybody been and what to order?

Thanks
SJ

Aug 23, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

HENDRICK HIGH TEA @ HUSH

Hi
has anybody been for Hendricks high tea @ Hush in london?
we are booked to go there next week and was wondering if with the afternoon tea you can ask for more sandwiches etc

thanks
Sj

Jun 07, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Sichuan-folk

thanks Simon will defo give this a go

Jun 05, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

CAKE BOY (LONDON) Anyone Beeen?

its near the massive riverside complex near wandsworth round about- near the McDonalds

cakes are lovely - I went there 2 years ago with my cousin on a Saturday afternoon and Eric was in there. Place was nearly empty but thats probably because there were closing in about an hour. Eric was a lovely guy and asked us what we thought of the cake. I had a lovely chocolate one and my cousin a fruit cheesecake of some sort. I would stick to the fruit creations as they are less sweet
I believe he also does a nice afternoon tea as well and baking classes.
you could go there and then walk it off along the river? That's what I would do next time. Shame its not close to me or I would be a regular

Enjoy cake boy

Jun 02, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Inexpensive (but amazing!) Food in London

hi if you're in the East end of London- Hackney/shoreditch then i would suggest the Vietnamese restaurant on Old Street called Cay Tre- v good value. Think there's a Cay Tre just opened on Dean Street in Soho as well which will be a lot closer if you visiting central london for sight seeing. Or near to Bricklane by Spitalfields there is a retro fish and chip shop called Poppies which is really good and not too expensive
A bit further a field and one of my fav Korean/Japanese restaurants is Dotori by Finsbury park tube.

if you're in the Angel area then there are lots of restaurants on upper street from cheap to more expensive. I would recommend le mercury on upper street for French food

For South London and if you are by Tooting I would suggest any of the Indian restaurants but my personal fav here is south indian Radha Krishna Bhavan- the Dosa is amazing - yum or try Mich Marsala
I would personally check out timeout London and depending on whether you are staying North. East. South or West London see what budget eats are near by

enjoy your stay in London

May 29, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

Sichuan-folk

hi

has anybody been to sichuan - folk?

have a craving for sichuan food- the hotter the better been out of touch for a while so not sure where to go.

Ba-shu
Snazz
Gourmet San- not hot enough
Chili Cool- 3rd time we went the food was terrible
Angeles
no.10 - didn't find it hot enough
Ba Shan

we've been to the above in the last few years and to be honest each one is good but when we return the food isn't as good as the first time apart from Angeles but not been since 2009. Snazz for about a year was my favourite back in 2008 but it went down hill
. The last place we went to was Ba Shan which i loved but i've read its not sichuan but hunan

I like the look of Empress of Sichuan but it seems really expensive and don't want to spend too much but must have heat :)

also any other good but reasonable hunan restaurant apart from Ba Shan

sorry being a real fuss pot

any ideas / recommendations appreciated

SJ

May 28, 2011
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

sichuan restaurants in London

cool thanks guys....at no 10 what dishes would you recommend/what's their signature dish?

much appreciated :) can't wait to go

s junkie

Sep 07, 2010
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland

sichuan restaurants in London

sorry forgot to add also been to gourmet san in bethnal green which is local to me- was ok but not spicy enough although the lamb skewers and crab were lovely

trying to find somewhere new to try otherwise will go back to Angeles
been tempted by ba shan but have heard mixed reviews and plus we are a greedy bunch so 'little dishes' just don't cut it for my lot :)

thanks again

s junkie

Sep 06, 2010
sichuanjunkie in U.K./Ireland