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They’re still talking about food critic Giles Coren’s unexpected post-cricket lunch here back in 2009 (and the subsequent glowing write-up in The Times), but “amazing” Sojo manages to live up to the hype. One reader’s claim that it’s the “best Chinese food outside China” probably overstates the case, but the kitchen continues to deliver “lip-smackingly delicious” and “consistently good” cooking with strong regional overtones. The menu covers a lot of territory, from Cantonese-style beef in black bean sauce or steamed sea bass with ginger and spring onions, via Shanghai-influenced dishes (crispy garlic chicken ‘nuggets’, aromatic ‘vinegar ribs’) to fiery Szechuan lamb in chilli sauce or spicy aubergines with minced pork. Noodles and rice plates are popular at lunchtime, while dim sum brings an excellent selection including crystal prawn dumplings, chicken’s feet, steamed char-sui buns, glutinous rice parcels and so on. Crowd-pleasers such as Thai curry or sweet-and-sour chicken seem somewhat out of place here, but “prompt, friendly service” ensures that nothing grates in the lacquered and panelled dining room.

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