Mr Kong

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Mr Kong closed permanently in January 2016

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Established in the 1980s, Mr Kong is a stalwart of the late-night Chinatown scene. It’s a Cantonese of the old school, with an exhaustingly long menu, white tablecloths, carpeted floors and green dining chairs – so why is it “still absolutely heaving” after all these years? Apart from the fact that it keeps long hours, it’s blessed with a legendary manager, bags of atmosphere, low prices and a full vegetarian line-up – plus a daunting array of esoteric chef’s specials alongside its spare ribs, baked lobster and roast duck.  Try sautéed pea shoots with dried scallop, stuffed fish maw with baby clams and prawn paste or spiced pig’s knuckle with jellyfish (served cold).  The lengthy wine list is also well worth exploring. Mr Kong’s loyal clientele ranges from Soho night owls and Asian corporates to Buddhist monks in search of strict vegan cuisine.

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Mr Kong

21 Lisle Street ,London WC2H 7BA

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As bad as it looks

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Oct 2013

There is often a cachet in discovering a restaurant that looks like a cheap cafe but offers excellent food and charming service. Mr Kong used to be all of that. But this year there is no longer anything counter-intuitive to appreciate. The places still looks a bit of dump, the waiters and waitresses behave like those you find in a dump and the food is in perfect harmony with that – somewhat congealed and served lukewarm onto cold plates, with no hot trays on to which to place the serving dishes....

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

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Mr Kong

21 Lisle Street ,London WC2H 7BA

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Definitely the best of the old school

by   gold reviewer (49)

Mar 2013

There is nothing glamorous about Mr Kong except the food. As far as the Chinatown old guard goes, this is head and shoulders above the rest. My favourite restaurant closed a couple of years ago and my dad and I spent a year eating in every restaurant left, so I can categorically say this is the most outstanding. Their chicken in black bean on crispy noodle is so moreish that you will want two plates, the Hot & Sour soup has a fantastic piquancy without the MSG gloop you are sometimes served elsewhere...

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

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Essential Details for Mr Kong

  • Address: 21 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £28.00
  • Wine: £10.50
  • Champagne: £42.00

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