Roast duck. It’s the whole reason you come to Four Seasons, and while most of the other things on the menu won’t blow you away, the duck is by far one of the best things you can eat in the area, if not all of central London. You’ll want at least a quarter per person, and you’ll want it off the bone. The sauce they pour all over it is incredible, and can allegedly cure everything from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis (though it will not cure herpes...according to a friend). The stewed pork belly with vegetables is also a good call, and the Chinese broccoli is worth ordering too. Bring friends. All of them.
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Bake is a cash only bakery in Chinatown serving fantastic soft serve out of their trademark taiyaki - a fish-shaped waffle situation.
Olle is a Korean BBQ spot on Shaftesbury Avenue where you’ll get to cook things like like wagyu beef on a grill in the middle of your table.
Experimental Cocktail Club
ECC Chinatown is one of the best cocktail bars in central London, and it’s great for an intimate hang with a few friends. It’s close to Soho, too.
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Mao Chow is a cupboard-sized spot by London Fields making very tasty all-vegan Chinese food.
Lucky & Joy
Lucky and Joy is a fun and flavourful Chinese-influenced restaurant in Clapton that feels like a night out, with added sesame noodles.
Lanzhou Noodle Bar
It doesn’t look promising from the outside, but Lanzhou Noodle Bar near Leicester Square makes excellent Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
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Royal China is an excellent Chinese restaurant in Marylebone serving upmarket cuisine with a side of ambience. Dim sum is a classic move here.
Roti King is a cult Malaysian restaurant that does a great roti canai, and excellent Malaysian noodle and rice dishes. It’s cheap, BYOB, and cash only
Jen Cafe is the easiest dumpling fix in Chinatown. This Chinese cafe is basic i, so you really just want to hit it for a quick snack before moving on.
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