Yipin’s menu covers a lot of the map of China, but you should concentrate on the Hunan and Sichuan sections – that’s where the chefs are from. This is upscale Chinese in an upscale area and therefore not cheap, but big portions mean you don’t have to max out your plastic to get well fed. Many dishes contain massive quantities of chilli, fresh and dried. You can eat them all or just swallow a mouthful of napalm - it comes to the same thing. Order spiced fungus (a kind of wild mushroom), numbing and hot beef, and stir-fried pig knuckle.
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Linden Stores is a wine bar and small plates spot near Highbury Corner, and it’s really quite nice.
Black Axe Mangal
Black Axe Mangal on Highbury Corner isn’t a typical restaurant. It’s a restaurant that loves heavy metal and cooking with offal.
An Exmouth Market original, New Zealand cafe and restaurant Caravan does great coffee and an excellent brunch.
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A Wong is a Chinese restaurant in Victoria with a reputation for world-beating Chinese food that, while good, doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
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.
My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
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