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Lauded by one fan as “the perfect neighbourhood Chinese”, North China has been operating from these smart little premises on Uxbridge Road for more than three decades. Behind the attractive bay windows it’s a relaxing spot (despite the traffic outside), with monochrome photos of the homeland festooned on its ochre walls. Much of the menu is firmly in the mainstream, so lovers of barbecued spare ribs, sweet-and-sour chicken or beef in black bean sauce won’t be disappointed. Nevertheless, a few northern Chinese treats can be winkled out if you scrutinise the list: try the cold hors d’oeuvres (marinated beef, pork jelly in garlic etc) before heading on to crispy kung-po prawns with spicy Chinese wine, sizzling lamb or the emblematic Peking duck. Homemade noodles are worth ordering too. Parties of local Chinese, dining at large round banqueting tables, add to the merry buzz of this “outstanding” family-run set-up.