I made a pledge a few months ago that I was going to one day try authentic dim sum. I’m very aware that the “business dinner” style packages I’ve been served at Ping Pong restaurants couldn’t be further away from the real thing despite the extortionate prices they charge you for the experience.
Only one problem: Dim sum tends to only be served until mid afternoon (that fact alone shows how much of a farce Ping Pong and others alike are) and I work full time… At the weekends the last thing I want to do is travel into Central London if I can help it.
I finally got the opportunity last month when I took a half day from work and decided to treat myself to dim sum in China Town, Leicester Square, London.
First hurdle was – where to eat? I did extensive research online and most results were coming back with Ping Pong and Hakkasan.
I said dim sum people not fancy pancy restaurants!
I did however keep seeing one restaurant recurring in my searches: New World on Gerrard St. Qype recommended it and so did Time Out. I’m not keen on Time Out reviews but highly recommend Qype as the members really put in an effort.
I was all set to go to New World when I consulted my Vietnamese colleague Kim about my decision and he threw a spanner into the works “go to Crispy Duck”. I wasn’t going to argue. I said I would consider both.
Arrived in Leicester Square and found New World, although their menu did look appetising I was impressed by Crispy Duck’s menu and welcoming maître d’.
The food was very ample, I under-estimated how filling it would all be and ordered quite a few dishes – for just little me! I had black bean pork ribs, prawn and chive dumplings. medium won ton soup, Vietnamese spring rolls and a pot of green tea. Needless to say I was pretty stuffed by the end of it!
If you are in Central London and want to experience traditional dim sum, I highly recommend. I will however make a point of visiting New World soon to compare.
Crispy Duck 7 Gerrard Street London W1D 5PH 020 7434 1888