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233 Brompton Road
A faithful servant of the Chinese culinary cause around London for more than 30 years, the Good Earth group has a reputation for solid consistency, without risk-taking or frippery. The Knightsbridge branch does a strong trade on this touristy stretch of Brompton Road, dishing up a catalogue of old-wave and regional standbys ranging from honey-glazed ribs and won ton soup to aromatic crispy duck, kung-po prawns or char-sui pork. Also look for pan-Asian interlopers in the shape of satay skewers, mixed tempura, beef fillet with wasabi or tangerine kaarage chicken with flakes of sweet potato and mango purée. Jade busts, gilded sculptures, ornate scrolls and traditional paintings add some flamboyance to the well-heeled dining room, while businessmen prop up the sushi-style counter. Good Earth is also renowned for its ‘express’ branches specialising in takeaways and local deliveries.
233 Brompton Road
South Kensington Tube Station 481m
Knightsbridge Tube Station 779m
Victoria and Albert Museum 235m
Michelin House 408m
Mon-Sat 12N-11pm Sun 12.30-10.45pm
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Food + drink: 4
I absolutely love this place. It's not cheap but what do you expect in Knightsbridge. The cocktails are superb and the food is simply delicious. It's been my go-to Chinese restaurant in London now for over a decade. I can't recommend it enough.
Food + drink: 1
This is the most disappointing Chinese restaurant I have been to in ages. After reading some glowing reviews, I expected it would be above average, but I was let down. The food is bland (even the so-called spicy dishes) and sweet (sugar-coated smokey spiced chicken?). The service is slow, even though there were only two other tables occupied at lunchtime. I can understand why all the other clients we saw during our time there were non-Chinese. I eat in Chinese restaurants of all styles throughout London, but shall not be returning to nor recommending this restaurant. Take the time and go to Queensway or Chinatown if you want to eat proper Chinese at reasonable prices.
Like with so many Restaurants in London, The Good Earth is a place one has to “understand”. The reviews here below seem to suggest that people either love it or hate it. However, I think it is about “what to expect”. It is a restaurant which does what it does and does it very well: classic Chinese food. What I mean by this is well executed, well sourced but “old fashioned” dishes (Try anything in their X.O. sauce!). Having said that, if you go there expecting Min Jiang or Hakkasan you are bound to be disappointed, as the place oozes of late 70s and early 80s “charm” and the cooking is a high-quality interpretation of the old favorites, rahter than the explosive flavours found at the more modern or “pan-Asian” restaurants. However, with the new wave of Asian restaurants in London it is reassuring that there is this dependable performer which ticks all the boxes if the old-fashioned “London-Chinese” is what you are looking for.
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