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20 August 2014
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Ping Pong St Katharine Dock

Quayside, Tower Bridge House, St Katharine Dock, London E1W 1BA

£31.00 Chinese , Dim Sum Whitechapel, Mile End
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  • Wine: £13.99
  • Champagne: £49.99
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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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.

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  1. 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 isn't like the halls I remember but it still serves pretty good dim sum and you can get cocktails. It's also less than 5 minutes away from our house, so all in all, it was the chosen place. As we sat in the window with the sun streaming in Jess reminded us that she had never had dim sum before, Ping Pong is a great introduction. I grabbed our piece of paper and took it upon myself to order...
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