Five of the Best: Chinese Restaurants

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Barshu

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Bar Shu serves the best Sichuan food in London. Expect authentic recreations of dishes like Dan Dan noodles, Sichuan hot pot and ‘ants climbing a tree’. Meat and seafood platters come festooned with a layer of dried chillies, with tongue-tingling results. Bar Shu also has a loyal following among London’s young Chinese ex-pat crowd.

28 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 5LF. 020 7287 8822. Bar-shu.co.uk

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Best dish: Lobster with sizzling spices

Best table: The private VIP rooms

Average price for dinner for two without wine : £60

China Union Pay accepted

Mandarin speaking

Yauatcha

Yauatcha’s futuristic blue glass room has featured in several movies. This trendy spot in Soho is also famed for its exquisite patisserie, as well as its excellent selection of dim sum. The dim sum menu is extensive, with highlights including the delicate scallop Shui mai and flavoursome prawn and beancurd Cheung Fun.

15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DL, 020 7494 8888, Yauatcha.com

Best dish: Prawn and beancurd Cheung Fun

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Best table: The corner tables have a great view of the restaurant

Average price for dinner for two without wine £70

Mandarin speaking

China Tang at The Dorchester

China Tang is a favourite with London’s fashion crowd – Stella McCartney and Kate Moss are both fans. Restaurateur and founder of Shanghai Tang, Sir David Tang has created an opulent room inside The Dorchester hotel to showcase his beloved Cantonese cuisine as well as his collection of Chinese art.

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. 020 7629 9988, Chinatanglondon.co.uk

Best dish: Soft shell crabs fried with egg yolk

Best table: Centre table in the library, or one of the private dining rooms

Average price for dinner for two without wine £160

Mandarin speaking

Hakkasan

Hakkasan is one of London’s most glamorous destinations – a dark and sexy basement restaurant which attracts a Mulberry and Louboutin-clad crowd. Its modern Cantonese-inspired menu and heady cocktails are every bit as good as the stylish decor and Hakkasan has kept its Michelin star since 2003.

8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD. 020 7927 7000, Hakkasan.com

Best dish: Roasted silver cod with Champagne and honey

Best table: For parties of 3-4 guests, table 113 is intimate. For larger groups, ask for the elegant semi-private area.

Average price for dinner for two without wine: £120

Mandarin speaking

Kai Mayfair

Kai has been called the ‘best Chinese restaurant in London’ and has a Michelin-star to back up this claim. Expect inventive, Michelin-worthy twists on traditional Chinese dishes as well as a European-influence in chef Bernard Yeoh’s creations like Steamed Chilean sea bass with garlic crumble or meltingly tender Wagyu beef enlivened with ginger paste.

65 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2QU, 020 7493 8988. Kaimayfair.co.uk

Best dish: Wagyu beef with ginger paste and spring onions

Best table: Tables 6 or 8 which are both banquettes with a good view of the room.

Average price for dinner for two without wine £140

Mandarin speaking

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