Dragon Castle

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The flashiest show in this part of town continues its flamboyant run. Dragon Castle, hunkered down on the ground floor of a modern building in Elephant and Castle’s unjolly surroundings, exudes a certain amount of large-scale glamour. It also serves correctly prepared Cantonese food rarely seen in south-east London. Amid all the decorative drama, the best choice on the menu is undoubtedly the house-made dim sum (served until 4.30pm daily), and given the price, plenty of it. Readers praise the delicate grilled chive dumplings and fluffy char siu buns. At dinnertime, chilli crab and twice-cooked pork both have fans, and lobster or turbot would make the centrepiece of a banquet; there’s also a commendably wide choice of vegetables. Some believe Dragon Castle’s best days are in the past, and service can be variable, but compared to the value and quality of Chinatown’s traditional options, this is still a good bet.


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Dragon Castle

100 Walworth Road ,London SE17 1JL

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AMAZING RESTAURANT

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Feb 2017

Had an amazing meal at Dragon Castle, everything was so fresh and came out piping hot considering there was 10 of us eating here at the time. The staff were very friendly and helped us choose some food as we had not had dim sum before. Would highly recommend this place and i will be back soon, maybe try evening meal next time.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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100 Walworth Road ,London SE17 1JL

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Struggling to find positives

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Dec 2016

Elephant & Castle is a depressing enough part of London to go to at the best of times. Exiting the underground station, the eye is confronted with an excess of cars and concrete. Those brave enough to navigate the roundabout can find themselves at Dragon Castle, a cavernous Chinese establishment that has been here for some time. Maybe it’s the best in the area, but it’s certainly not worth the journey from elsewhere. On pretty much all counts, diners can do considerably in either Chinatown or...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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100 Walworth Road ,London SE17 1JL

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Nov 2011

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If you're REALLY into dim sum (and to be honest, what kind of person are you if you're not excited by an endless parade of fried, baked and steamed meaty treasures) then it might be worth a trip to Elephant and Castle, home of Dragon Castle. I've been nudged about this place for several years by Hong Kong Cantonese foodie friends who describe it as a home from home. Despite its unpromising location, surrounded by condemned tower blocks situated off the bleakest roundabout in Zone One, it is where...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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100 Walworth Road ,London SE17 1JL

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by   (1)

Mar 2011

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

When this place opened it had amazing reviews from The Guardian, Times, Observer etc. Now, around three years later, it has slipped into disgusting territory. THIS IS NOT CHINESE FOOD. Even the waitress admitted it wasn't good and said she didnt eat it. It's shameful they can serve this, and its not cheap either. Bland, not authentic, virtually tasteless. Their menu used to be so interesting, now its the usual made up sauces repeated over every meat they have. If you're in this area and want a good,...

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neal w.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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100 Walworth Road ,London SE17 1JL

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by   (1)

Nov 2010

“The £11 king prawns in ginger sauce was surprisingly absent of ginger, save for one overpowering mouthful, and the truth is it's nothing special. All of this food is readily available to you at literally any local takeaway joint for a third of the price, and it's not really fair to be charging that much.” Do a google search for EWFBTW and read the rest… I would leave a link but it is forbidden…

Tom F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 3

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by   (1)

Aug 2010

I've been a regular of the Dragon Castle for a few years now and the early reviews were accurate – it's a great Chinese restaurant. Or rather it was. I went there a few days ago and was shocked by the changes I found. For me, its signature was the ability to present familiar Chinese entrees and surprise with the subtle flavours you could now taste. It was was a revelation. But that seems to have gone. The first clue was the change in tableware and crockery, believe it or not. The next was the absence...

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Roger G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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by   (1)

Jul 2010

i visted this restaurant with a guest on a business lunch. We choice this restaurent as it gave us a false pretence of a presentable and professional establishment, boy were we wrong. We attended around 1pm, the atmosphere seemed welcoming, lovely decor, there were only 3 tables of people including ours in the whole restaurant, so pretty empty, which was not a problem. On arrival , we were shown to a table and given the menu as we sat their deliberating our meal, we were met with evil glares by...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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by   (1)

Nov 2009

I'm sad to see this excellent neighbourhood restaurant get so many poor reviews. Can only say that we go there regularly for dim sum and I have found it better than many offerings at a much higher price in Central London. It's not on a par with Yautcha but then where is? Admittedly, the kitchen had a “settling down” period about a year ago when the original superb quality slipped a bit, but recent outings have seen it back on form. We have always had charming service, but I don't know if that's because...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 10

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by   (1)

Sep 2009

Even though we booked a table, we still waited over three quarters of an before we got seated. That's a very long time to wait when you're hungry. It's a long time to wait period. Then they got our order mixed up. The waitress was polite but it still took over half an hour before it was sorted out. By this stage, having waited over an hour and 15 mins for food, the food should have tasted fantastic, but it just didn't stack up to previous dim sum experiences. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good,...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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by   (1)

Sep 2009

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I've visited Dragon Castle twice so far and am planning a large group visit this weekend because my husband and I enjoyed it so much. On both occasions so far, we've gone during the day over the weekend and had numerous items from the Dim Sum menu. All have been of a really high quality and the service has been absolutely fine (far better than we're used to in other Chinese Dim Sum restaurants, so maybe our expectations aren't that high!). As a fairly experienced Dim Summer, I rate the food highly,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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