Canton Element

48 Red Lion Street , London, WC1R 4PF

SquareMeal Review of Canton Element

There’s a lot going on behind the modest frontage of this Chinese restaurant on a Holborn side street. Step inside and you’ll find a striking minimalist space done out in pastel shades with grey banquettes, marble-topped tables, modernist chairs and oriental plants, plus two karaoke rooms for hire downstairs. As you might expect, the food has a Cantonese bias with a strong showing of dim sum heading up proceedings: steamed prawn and courgette dumplings, ‘golden lava’ buns (with a creamy egg-custard filling), stuffed beancurd-skin rolls and spicy pork wontons are just some of possibilities. The full menu covers everything from  braised pork belly with preserved vegetables to crispy aromatic duck, but also look for ‘new dishes’ such as deep-fried chicken wings with salted egg yolks, poached beef in chilli oil or claypot fish with aubergine and sea-spice sauce.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Holborn Tube Station 357m

Chancery Lane Tube Station 357m


Address: 48 Red Lion Street , London WC1R 4PF

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

Mon-Thurs 12N-10.30pm Fri 12N-11pm Sat 5.30pm-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

The Cochrane Theatre 206m

Gray's Inn 338m


Telephone: 020 7242 1515


Cuisine: Chinese Dim Sum

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