Tomorrow marks the first day of the Chinese New Year and to help celebrate the country that brings us Brits some of our most beloved dishes, we thought now was the perfect time to give a special shout out to some of our favourite Chinese restaurants in London.

The first day of the Year of the Pig, the pig represents good fortune, wealth, humour, understanding, and general prosperity in traditional Chinese culture, and if this new year brings you wealth and good fortune, or at least a few extra pennies to spend, we can think of no finer places in London to spend them than at one of the following fantastic restaurants.

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Ping Pong W1F 7JL

Ping Pong W1F 7JL

Offering diners the opportunity to sample delicious and authentic dim sum dishes without having to jump on a plane, Ping Pong restaurants, located in convenient locations throughout London, deliver nothing but the finest Chinese cuisine to the many hungry customers that consider these restaurants the best Chinese restaurants in London.

Whether you make a trip to their restaurant in Covent Garden, Soho, or St Christopher’s Place, to name just a few of their locations, you’ll be more than impressed by the stylish dining rooms, excellent dim sum, delicious cocktails and teas, and electric atmosphere for which Ping Pong is known.

Designed with socialising in mind, there’s nothing quite like an evening out at Ping Pong, devouring these delicious bite-sized dishes with your family and friends. Snack on edamame with honey garlic sauce while you choose from the menu just jam-packed with tempting treats like the crispy duck spring rolls, Shanghai chilli wontons with a dressing of chilli oil, Chinkiang vinegar and sesame seeds, and beef kimchi gyoza.

Kai Mayfair W1K 2QU

The highest ranked Chinese restaurant in The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Restaurants in Britain in 2012 and 2015, chosen as the Best Chinese Restaurant in London in Harden’s Restaurant Guide 2009, and a holder of a Michelin star since 2009, Kay Mayfair prides itself on its liberated approach to Chinese cooking whilst remaining respectful of the heritage and craft. By not restricting themselves by the past whilst still remaining respectful of the heritage they grew up with, the chefs at Kai Mayfair are able to produce some truly exquisite Chinese dishes unlike anything you’ll ever have tasted.

Taking from the traditions of ‘Nanyang’ Chinese cooking, a region blessed with a tropical climate rich with spices and produce, the dishes here will shock your taste buds to life with unforgettable and lively flavours. Savour sensational dishes like their Nanyang Chilli Lobster, tiger prawns with crisp curry leaves, spring chicken and Szechuan spicy crumble, 5-hour spiced pork belly, or the aromatic crispy duck.

North China W3 9QU

North China W3 9QU

A winner at the Time Out Love London Awards in both 2015 and 2016, North China has been in business for over 41 years and is just as popular now as it was in 1976 due to its incredible cuisine and spectacular service.

Having already delivered his unique vision of Chinese cuisine to Japan, Mr Hung Sung Lou first arrived in the UK in 1967, passionate about achieving his goal of bringing delicious Chinese dishes to this side of the planet. After heading the kitchen at Mr Chow in Knightsbridge, followed by years refining his skills in Edinburgh, Chef Lou opened his very own family restaurant in London which has simply flourished since.

Loved by a loyal following of locals, North China has a charming neighbourhood restaurant feel, full of lively chatter and the friendliest staff you’ll find in this otherwise somewhat stand-offish city. Start with scrumptious dishes such as spicy, sticky ribs or crispy aromatic duck before digging into mains like the sizzling lamb with spring onion or flash-fried king prawns accompanied by monkfish and scallops.

Chojo W2 4NH

A cosy and chic little Chinese restaurant situated in the Westbourne Grove neighbourhood, there are few Chinese eateries across London that offer an authentic Chinese dining experience as special as the one found at Chojo. Serving an exceptional range of small plates and noodles along with an exciting choice of exotic Chinese tea and cocktails, Chojo really captures the spirit of Chinese dining, with dishes made for sharing and an environment which encourages pleasant conversations and quality time spent together.

Everything from the food, which is inspired by the dishes the chefs had in their childhoods, to the fine selection of Chinese tea brewed using only the very best Scottish water and sourced directly from independent tea farmers from China and Taiwan, is exceptional and we guarantee your first trip to Chojo certainly won’t be your last.

Shikumen – Shepherds Bush W12 8QE

Shikumen – Shepherds Bush W12 8QE

Combing the very best cooking techniques of the east and west, this slick restaurant wows diners with its modern Chinese cuisine and luxurious interior echoing the sophistication and style of the four-star Dorsett Hotel in which it’s housed. Step inside and be cocooned by the restaurant’s comfort and warmth while you peruse the exciting menu just bursting with must-try Chinese dishes using the finest ingredients available.

Choose from a tempting selection of well executed steamed, baked, and fried dishes such as classic har gau, xiao long bao, and cheung fun filled with fresh prawn. The à la carte menu also features the likes of whole sea bass with punchy ginger and spring onion, braised pork belly with Chinese buns, and legendary roasted lamb cutlets which will get your bellies rumbling in eager anticipation.

Min Jiang W8 4PT

One of London’s most authentic Chinese restaurants located on the tenth floor of the stylish Royal Garden Hotel in the heart of Kensington, Min Jiang boasts spectacular views of Kensington Gardens, Hype Park, and London’s skyline, making it one of the best dining experiences this vibrant, cultural and exciting city has to offer. Famous for its fantastic Beijing Duck, cooked to perfection in Min Jiang’s wood-fired oven following ancient Chinese traditions, its excellent selection of Chinese teas, and their signature Min Jiang cocktail, dinner at Min Jiang will truly be a dinner to remember. Enjoy light bites like their dim sum platter or mains like Sichuan double-cooked pork belly with Chinese leek or Bi Feng Tang lobster with garlic and chilli if you fancy something a little heartier.

Shikumen – Finchley Road NW3 6LU

Located on the first floor of the O2 Centre, there are few Chinese restaurants in the city as modern or as stylish as Shikumen – Finchley Road. Boasting a unique take on Chinese cuisine that offers diners a true and enticing taste of authentic Chinese food using the freshest ingredients available, you’ll be wowed by the stunningly presented dishes just packed full of flavour. If you visit during lunchtime, we recommend trying a selection of cheung fun: Cantonese rice noodle rolls with fillings like fresh prawns, char siu pork and crispy grilled eel and seaweed. Their fantastic set menus, available for a minimum of two people, include delicious dishes like the seafood dim dum, crispy duck, sweet and sour chicken, and stir-fried pak choi with asparagus, lotus root and mushrooms.

Shikumen – Aldgate EC3N 1AH

Awarded Best Chinese Restaurant in Central London at the British Chinese Food Awards, the beautiful Shikumen – Aldgate, housed within the elegant Dorsett City Hotel, simply oozes elegance and sophistication with its stunning modern interior, mood lighting, and unique Shanghai-inspired décor. A tranquil oasis in the heart of the city, come to Shikumen – Aldgate to sample a wide range of authentic Chinese dishes such as steamed dim sum, crispy duck, and soft-shell crab topped with crispy garlic and Szechuan red chilli, all presented with impressive contemporary flair.

Main dishes available on the scrumptious menu include seafood dishes you’ll savour such as delicate pan-fried lobster with ginger and spring onion, and stir-fried scallops with asparagus and XO sauce. Other favourites include authentic spicy kung po chicken and the fresh Scottish beef fillet in red win and black pepper sauce which is perfect paired with full-bodied red wine.

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