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1 Bread Street
With branches peppered across London, this mini-chain touts affordable dim sum and drinks all day. The pan-Asian menu covers your traditional offerings of har gau and bao buns, with the addition of regularly changing specials such as succulent black prawn dumplings and crisp truffle-laced spring rolls. For the uninitiated, helpful staff run through the menu and are happy to make suggestions, then diners mark their order on the paper ‘pick and tick’ menus and each plate arrives at the table as soon as they are ready. Dishes are designed to share, however great value set menus (from £9.95 a head) can be ordered per person and cater to veggies, vegans and those after a healthier option. Soft drinks are no afterthought here, with a comprehensive selection of custom teas, infusions, juices and non-alcoholic cocktails running alongside a mix of wines, beers and cocktails. Fun and informal, Ping Pong ticks the boxes for anything from a quick bite to a lively special occasion.
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1 Bread Street
Mansion House Tube Station 200m
St. Paul's Tube Station 224m
Painters' Hall 178m
Mercers' Hall 240m
Mon-Fri 11am-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-10pm (Sun -7pm)
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Food + drink: 4
I've been to Ping Pong many times and absolutely love it. They offer set menu's which are great value for money.
They give you a menu and you tick off the items that you want. The food comes out as soon as it is ready (very quick) and you can continue to order as you go. I love the atmosphere here, it feels very sociable and the staff are always very laid back and friendly. Great cocktail list too.
Food + drink: 5
I've been going to Ping Pong regularly for about 6 years. My order is always the same, with a couple of different additions each time. In fact, I go so much that my friends just tell me to order whatever is good... I see it as a positive that they trust me, however secretly I think it's probably because they think I go too much!
Beer and wine is good, Tsingtao is always a winner - I love dim sum, although when I first started eating it, we had it for breakfast rather than lunch or supper so beer wasn't really present!
My favourites are the char sui buns, the roast pork puffs, the prawn toast, the crispy prawn balls, all of the steamed dumplings are delish. I don't think there is anything on the menu that I wouldn't try.
My only criticism is that the food comes when it comes, even if you ordered half the menu it can all arrive at once. I have once had my whole meal delivered before our drinks turned up... Not ideal. I would recommend that as you're placing you're order, talk to your server and discuss that you might not want everything to arrive at once and maybe they could put half of it through first and come back and do the second half slightly later. Then you don't run the risk of cold rubbery dim sum when you're finishing you meal!
The staff are always eager to help and nothing is too much trouble. Sometimes getting their attention can be difficult, but adopting the air traffic controller pose often helps! Overall, it's definitely worth a visit (or 1000 visits if you're me).
Enjoyed a good lunch at Ping Pong. Food was delicious and fresh. Service was fine, although we did wait for around 5 minutes before we could attract someone's attention to get the bill. Would go again and recommend to others.
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