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The Ping Pong concept was always a good one. Take the centuries-old Chinese tradition of ‘yum cha’ – tea & dumplings – then add funky cocktails to the mix. A stroke of genius that had punters
queuing out the door from the get-go. These days, however, the reality isn’t quite as impressive as the concept. Inconsistent service & food remains a bugbear, particularly when bills are
‘hefty’ (for dim sum, at least). On a good day (or, more likely, night) when the atmosphere is buzzing, it’s still a lively experience – especially when you factor in budget cocktails (from £5.95).
Roast pork puffs, duck spring rolls & chive dumplings are reliable picks from the menu, & there are seasonal specials too, such as ‘luxury’ spring rolls with truffle oil.
We had been to Ping Pong before for a quick lunch and were underwhelmed but had been invited there by a friend for a celebration. We had higher hopes as this was in a different location; in Soho, and had chosen the set menu.The restaurant – like all of the Ping Pong chain are dark with black wall paper, ebony tables and black leather benches. This place was smaller than the one we previously visited in Southbank. As you walk through the entrance there is the front kitchen with the chefs preparing dim sum in front of you. On the other side is a small waterfall and river running through the entrance guiding guests into the sitting area.We were seated by a polite Chinese waiter who took our order of hibiscus mojito and the set menu. The drinks were watery and very flowery in taste – refreshing and although weak were not full of fake sugary purees. We were impressed...
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I only recently found out about Ping Pong’s Lazy Sunday Brunches, (HOW COULD THIS BE because they’ve been doing it for years) and since then I’ve been looking for the right companion who’s equally #teamsimplecarbs as me to taste (WRONG, binge on) unlimited dim sum for £20.95. No time or quantity limits to the offer, we stayed for 3 and a half hours exhausting the waitress by every means possible, only until she thought we were sticking around for dinner as well. So thick skinned, oh you wish I was talking about the dumplings...
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I first discovered Ping Pong when I was visiting London with my father last summer. We were wandering around Central London and saw the sign for dim sum, which immediately caught our fancy. Since then, I have eaten there 3 or 4 time...
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