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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.
I remember the dim sum places of Hong Kong, giant bustling rooms where people are sat at giant tables for lunch, in places like this you never eat lunch alone. Dim sum is strictly a lunch time affair, old ladies wheel round carts stacked high with different bamboo baskets containing hidden little treasures, both steamed and fried. The baskets always contain 3 items, a lucky number, and are always handmade works of edible art. After choosing your basket, the piece of paper you received on entry is stamped and when you are done eating, the stamps are totted up and you pay for what you have eaten. Ping Pong...
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