305 Uxbridge Road, Acton, London, W3 9QU
The longevity of a restaurant is surely proof of its level of quality. North China, a successful Chinese restaurant on the Acton-Ealing border, has been in business for 43 years, and its focus on excellent cuisine and fantastic service means that it is as popular today as it was in 1976. Mr Hung Sung Lou first arrived in the UK in 1967, having already taken his unique version of Chinese cuisine to Japan. After heading the kitchen at Mr Chow in Knightsbridge, followed by a number of years refi ning his skills in Edinburgh, Chef Lou (as he is affectionately known) returned to London to open his very own restaurant. The family business has flourished ever since, proving that diners adore the unique atmosphere of this much-loved, welcoming establishment. The Lou family have remained at the helm, with the restaurant currently run by Lawrence, Lou’s son. Over the years, a loyal following of regulars have come to know and love this place, which has the distinct feel of a neighbourhood restaurant. You’ll immediately notice the sound of lively chatter, and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. Of course, the food is consistently great and a whole host of well-prepared and flavourful dishes are on offer. Spicy, sticky ribs or crispy aromatic duck would be a fine way to start. You might like to dig into sizzling lamb paired with spring onion next, or flash-fried king prawns accompanied by monkfish and scallops. There is also a host of delicious rice and noodle dishes to choose from. Finish with crispy pancakes, or a scoop or two of ice cream. As you might expect, fixed-price set menus are available if you’re having trouble deciding. North China garners praise from all who visit, and was also a winner at the Time Out Love London Awards in 2015 and 2016.