Hunan 22

Hunan, South East London

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It may be more modest and less capacious than some of its neighbours, but this “delicious and different” Chinese restaurant is still going strong after nigh on 35 years in Pimlico. There’s no menu – simply tell staff about your likes and dislikes, indicate your spice threshold (be conservative here) and leave the rest to chef Michael Peng and his team. In return, you’ll be taken on a fascinating culinary trip full of intriguing regional tastes and textures. Staples range from the signature steamed pork broth with ginger and mushrooms to crispy frog’s legs wrapped in fermented bamboo shoots with chilli, but other delights could include spring onion pancakes with daikon and beancurd skin, tempura green beans and braised ox tongue with mangetout, plus indigenous specialities such as wind-dried meats and stir-fried spicy aubergine. Expect around 12 little dishes, and match them with something suitably aromatic from the authoritative wine list, or stick to premium Chinese tea.


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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Feb 2012

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China's ascendancy as a global power over recent years has done much to force and foster understanding of a massively diverse culture. Western diners have realised that there isn't just ‘Chinese’ food, in the same way as there isn't just ‘European’ food. Across the continent, there are tens and hundreds of regional variations in cooking style and ingredients, these are often broken down into 8 or so key cuisines and those further categorised into four very broad and general groups; Northern (Lu or...

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

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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Aug 2011

Quite simply, (easily) arguably the best Chinese in London. And this coming from a person who has spent time in China and eaten Chinese pretty much everywhere in London. The décor is unassuming, the atmosphere is what the diners make it. All very acceptable and entirely fine. Then comes the food. And the food merits an entirely new paragraph. With your first taste, you know this isn’t going to be a pretender; this is exquisitely created food made with love. Many dishes you won’t find elsewhere...

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Ivan G.'s rating

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

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   (1)

Oct 2010

FAB-UL-OUS! One of the best ever restaurant meals I've had in my life. There were people queuing up at the door to get in on a Monday night – you definitely need to book. I love that there is no set menu – instead there is rolling delivery of small plates and small bites. They consult with you at the beginning of the meal to check what you do and don't eat and whether you like hot, medium or mild spice, etc. The service was unobtrusive, impeccable and fautless. Only ever two dishes on the table...

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

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   (3)

Jun 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

i have been going here all my life, without a shadow of a doubt my favorite chinese restaurant in london. the owner recognises us whenever we go in even if we havent been in a year. no menu is necessary, he just asks us what sort of things we want then brings out many small dishes for us to work our way through. im not a fan of regular chinese restaurants but this takes the cuisine to the next level.

Alex W.'s rating

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

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   (1)

Dec 2009

We have been to this restaurant on a couple of occasions and each time the food had been superb. Both times we opted for the chef selection menu and the variety and quality and presentation has been truly brilliant. True, the restaurant decor is stuck in the 80's and if the restaurant wasn't full then it may be lacking in atmosphere but if you are a foodie then this won't disappoint.

Lisa P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 6

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   platinum reviewer (153)

Oct 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The great thing about having no choice is that you get all sorts of things that you would otherwise not know to order; the food was excellent, the service much better than some seem to have experienced and the bill, whilst not cheap, not exactly what you'd call outrageous. Arriving for a late sitting, however, we were surrounded by a somewhat garrulous crowd; the raucous crowd on one side had the good grace to apologise, but the drunken kiwi slumped over our table on the other didn't seem to notice!

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 8

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   (1)

Sep 2009

The four of us enjoyed a good meal at Hunan's yesterday evening. That is the good part. What we didnt like was the fact that the moment we sat down we were not given a choice whatsoever. We were only asked whether we were allergic to anything, when we said no they proceeded at quite a speed to present us with delicious food, lots and lots of it . So much so that we had to ask them to stop. Then we were presented with the bill of £200 (incl.a bottle of wine). Not only is the price far too high but...

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Kristin D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   (1)

Jul 2009

the service was terrible! my issue is not with the food: it was good – what there was of it. there is no menu: you are asked how hungry you are: a little, quite or very. we said quite. my friend who goes there often said we would have course after course. they failed to appear. what did appear was very good but not nearly enough. and what food we did get we had to wait for hours, literally. for the final dish, supposed to be the main one, he offered us SLICED duck (which takes 24 hours to prepare)...

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

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Hunan

51 Pimlico Road ,London SW1W 8NE

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by   (1)

Jul 2009

i used to come to this restaurant with my family in the late eighties and early nineties. we always loved it. i moved away and i did not return until tonight. my wife booked a table several weeks ago. we picked the hunan because we were meeting a friend of mine, who is a director and a partner in one of the pimlico green companies, and so it was most easy for her to join us – and while i had not been to the hunan for a decade, at least, my friend told me it was her favourite restaurant and it had...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 3

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    The Food Judge :: Hunan. You won't go hungry. | The Food Judge

    Founded in 1982, Hunan is approaching the status of an institution. It has its own cookbook, which, amazingly, I do not yet have. And given the name, you would be forgiven for thinking that the cuisine is Hunanese but you’d be wrong. Chef Peng, the proprietor, hails from Taiwan and whilst there are a few slightly unusual dishes, the food is not all that very different from what you might be served in any number of Cantonese and Szechuan restaurants, save that here it’s served tapas-style and at the menu is chosen by the chef.

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  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Area: Belgravia
  • Price: £68.00
  • Wine: £17.00
  • Champagne: £46.00

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