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The flashiest show in this part of town continues its flamboyant run. Dragon Castle, hunkered down on the ground floor of a modern building in Elephant & Castle’s unjolly surroundings, exudes a certain amount of large-scale glamour. It also serves correctly prepared Cantonese food rarely seen in south-east London. Amid all the decorative drama, the best choice on the menu is undoubtedly the house-made dim sum (served until 4.30pm daily), & given the price, plenty of it. Readers praise the delicate grilled chive dumplings & fluffy char siu buns. At dinnertime, chilli crab & twice-cooked pork both have fans, & lobster or turbot would make the centrepiece of a banquet; there’s also a commendably wide choice of vegetables. Some believe Dragon Castle’s best days are in the past, & service can be variable, but compared to the value & quality of Chinatown’s traditional options, this is still a good bet.


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  1. Published : Thursday, 26 December 2013

    inher30s :: Dragon castle

    There’s really only thing to do when the excesses of the festive season get to you – and that is to keep on eating! Take a break from all the turkey and pay a trip over to Elephant & Castle for some Dim Sum. It’s not the most glamorous of locales, but home to some good grub.

    A fish pond greets you as you enter – copper pennies swimming with the fish, and we’re in a fairly standard large scale Chinese restaurant, white tablecloths & Chinese teapots at the ready...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 21 November 2013

    wetrykai :: Dragon Castle -€“ Chasing the Dim Sum dragon

    Literally translating to “drink tea” from Cantonese, “yum char” is a Chinese-style morning or afternoon tea, which involves drinking Chinese tea (i.e. “char”) and eating dim sum dishes.

    In the UK though, there appears to be a slight misconception where the phrase “dim sum” (also Cantonese) is used as a substitute descriptor for this meal but to clarify, “dim sum” refers to the food eaten, whereas “yum char” refers to the entire meal – it’d be like saying you’re going for roast beef when you’re actually going for a Sunday roast...
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