Baiwei 1

8 Little Newport Street , London, WC2H 7JJ


SquareMeal Review of Baiwei

Following on from big hitters Bar Shu, Ba Shan and the Baozi Inn, “scruffy, but cool-looking” Baiwei completes a gang of four Szechuan firecrackers in Soho Chinatown. The name means ‘a hundred flavours’, and the kitchen deals in authentic home-style dishes from the south-western province and neighbouring areas, with chilli warnings and plenty of anatomical curiosities on the pictorial menu. Choose from a lengthy assortment of ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ specialities ranging from aubergines with preserved egg or plates of pig’s ear, tongue and tripe dressed with astringent black vinegar to chilli-flecked lamb with roasted rice, bowls of dan-dan noodles or beef and coriander won tons in broth. It’s a tiny space with Spartan decor – save for some hand-painted Maoist propaganda posters proclaiming ‘the big leap forward’. Service can be “grouchy”, but it warms up slowly.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Leicester Square Tube Station 80m

Covent Garden Tube Station 296m


Address: 8 Little Newport Street , London WC2H 7JJ

Area: Soho

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Leicester Square 35m

Hippodrome 42m


Telephone: 020 7494 3605

Cuisine: Chinese

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