Phoenix Palace is one of the most upmarket of London’s old-school dim sum palaces, set in a series of huge, opulent rooms that’ll make you feel like you’ve walked into an actual Qing dynasty palace (not that we’ve ever been to one). The high-class Cantonese food is several notches up from the standard fare and costs are justifiably higher than the average, but they’re well worth it. The dim sum list is all about the classics, and it’s perfect for an occasion when you want to invite all the friends, or when you’ve got parents or family along for the ride.
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Portland is a great restaurant in the vein of so many in London that focus on simple ingredients and offer a reasonably priced tasting menu.
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte keep their menu simple - steak and chips is what you are here for, because that’s all they serve. And it’s quite good.
Dinings is a very cosy sushi counter and downstairs Japanese restaurant that just happens to have some of the best sushi in London.
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Bento Ramen is a multi-talented Japanese restaurant in Camden. It’s a quick-fire, go-go-go kind of place that will have you seated and fed fast.
Murger Hanhan is a very useful Mayfair restaurant serving excellent and inexpensive Xi’an specialties like biang biang noodles and murger.
At Hunan, a Chinese restaurant in Victoria, you don’t choose the menu - the menu chooses you. Their ‘trust me’ tasting menu is a classic.
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