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70 Wilton Road
Located in a strange, transient part of Pimlico, Chinese big-hitter A Wong is an eye-opener for those used to provincial versions of the genre. Done out with blonde bentwood chairs and tables, it looks more Ikea café than Asian destination, and there’s plenty of bustle too. That said, there’s expertise and precision in the kitchen, along with a menu of regional specialities that begs to be explored. Dim sum rule at lunchtime; some items such as Chinese chive pot stickers are reasonably familiar, but we’re sold on the more esoteric stuff – both the rabbit and carrot glutinous puffs and the steamed-rice rolls stuffed with gai lan and poached yolk deserve to be tried. In the evening, you could settle for gong bau chicken with peanuts and Szechuan aubergine, although Cantonese honey-roast pork with wind-dried sausage and grated foie gras or Yunnan wild mushroom, truffle and red date casserole are hard to ignore. Tables turn quickly and there’s occasionally space at the kitchen bar.
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SquareMeal 2 Stars
70 Wilton Road
020 7828 8931
Victoria Station 198m
Victoria Tube Station 447m
London Passport Office 237m
Apollo Victoria Theatre 320m
Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 5.30-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 4
My mother, in town from the south of France for my birthday, wanted to treat us to good cuisine so I chose A. Wong and it was my first time there. My mother is used to 2-3 Michelin stars in France but I decided to still run a risk (no risk no return) and take the three of us there.
We went there on 7th Feb and when we entered the place I was a bit apprehensive because of the settings and decoration of the ground floor but was relieved when they brought us downstairs to our basement table. I have read they will open another restaurant in the new Bloomberg building complex so will look forward to this. The staff accommodated that although we had a table for a short slot, we still wanted the tasting menu and we are so grateful for this.
Both the quantity and quality were impressive. The abalones were perfectly cooked (still soft) and so were the meat and fish. From the beginning to the end the courses were a feast of flavours. I cannot remember the number of dishes as there were so many. Our expectations for the deserts were low as one usually is with Asian continent restaurants but A. Wong delivered a big "wow" factor even on deserts which not only could very well have been created by a French chef but also the flavours were relevant to the Chinese cuisine; some chocolate yes but also non-European flavours. One minor "but" in the shape of fried noodles which none of us liked as they were just greasy without anything special. I would suggest to just take them off the menu (enough food already) or revisit the dish.
Our Uzbek waitress clearly knows her job at the Michelin level. Although she was in charge of quite a few tables, she seemed to be always with us topping up our tea cups and teapots (yes without us having to ask, checking we were fine, introducing each course, etc. I don't know what she runs on but I'll have the same please.
At this level of quality of food and service, you usually don't get this much quantity. Thus, I definitely recommend you to go to A. Wong before prices go up because at this restaurant quality level, prices are usually higher. Yes, they also gave me a little bday cake that I could barely finish because we were already so satiated on all levels :)
For as long as I’ve lived in London, Victoria is a place from which to catch trains and little else. Most of the time, the area resembles (as it does today) a building site. In other words, not somewhere one would consider coming for lunch. Things are admittedly changing, and for the better, but it was not to one of the newer places in the district to which I recently ventured, but instead to A Wong, a superb find worth seeking out. Blink and you might miss it: go five minutes south of the station and there the restaurant stands, opposite a branch of Sainsbury’s supermarket. Had it not been for the recommendation of the friend with whom I dined, I would never have set foot in the place. The eponymous Mr. Wong cooks with a passion and self-consciously draws his menu from all regions of China. The emphasis is both on variety and presentation. While the dining room itself could be described as somewhat functional, guests can see the chefs in action and the place certainly did not lack atmosphere on our lunchtime visit. We opted for dim sum and asked the waiter to bring us a selection of dishes. This was a great way in which to see the kitchen at its best. From the ten we tried, not one was a disappointment. The dishes ranged from the conventional (honey-baked pork buns, for example) through to the genuinely innovative. The latter is perhaps best epitomised by the ‘rabbit and carrot glutinous puff.’ Here, minced rabbit meat comes served in a piece of lurid orange rice-paper, shaped like a carrot and topped with green herbs to enhance the visual effect. Among the other highlights was the won ton with garlic, chilli oil and crispy bean curd dish – so good, we ordered a second round. Service was efficient and helpful and with a bill of only £27/head (with tea to drink), we came away not only pleased with the food, but also the value for money. Next time you need to catch a train from Victoria, build in some time to eat here first.
Food + drink: 5
Some of the best Chinese food I have ever experienced in London. The restaurant is fairly small, but has a nice atmosphere to it. It's a shame that you could not select some dim sum from the lunch menu for dinner, so the options were slightly limited.
After having finished our starter, we had to wait over 30 minutes for our main course. When I spoke to the manager to see where our food was, he said it was our fault because we took too long to order! They did not apologise or offer us anything to compensate for the wait. Appalling. Luckily the food made up for it...
I had the chili beef as a main, which was full of so much flavour and had a beautiful sweet tang to it. Accompanied with some egg fried rice the portion size was perfect.
The dessert is the best dessert I think I've ever experienced. The Tea smoked banana, nut crumble, chocolate, soy caramel is not one to be missed. The caramel and melted chocolate mixed so well with the ice cream hidden within and the nut crumble mix. I'm still dreaming about it!
I can't wait to go back, but hopefully this time the service will be better!
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