Ping Pong Bow Bells House

1 Bread Street , London, EC4M 9BE

  • Ping Pong restaurant London dim sum cocktails
  • Ping Pong restaurant London dim sum cocktails

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SquareMeal Review of Ping Pong Bow Bells House

The Ping Pong concept was always a good one. Take the centuries-old Chinese tradition of ‘yum cha’ – tea and dumplings – then add funky cocktails to the mix. A stroke of genius that had punters queuing out the door from the get-go. These days, however, the reality isn’t quite as impressive as the concept. Inconsistent service and food remains a bugbear, particularly when bills are ‘hefty’ (for dim sum, at least). On a good day (or, more likely, night) when the atmosphere is buzzing, it’s still a lively experience – especially when you factor in budget cocktails (from £5.95). Roast pork puffs, duck spring rolls and chive dumplings are reliable picks from the menu, and there are seasonal specials too, such as ‘luxury’ spring rolls with truffle oil.

British-inspired dim sum for lunch, 12-25 September

To celebrate the launch of Gatwick Airport’s new direct flight route from London to Hong Kong, they've teamed up with Ping Pong to create a British-inspired dim sum menu, exclusively at this branch.

The lunch-only menu costs £20 and includes baos filled with a Full English breakfast, beef Wellington puffs and yuanyang, a beverage which combines both tea and coffee and is a speciality in cafés across Hong Kong. 



Special offers

Festive indulgence £34.95 per person

Vegetarian option available. £10pp deposit. Table available for a maximum of two hours only, unless stated otherwise. Minimum of 6 people required to book a party package. Private dining room bookings are based on minimum spend.

From: 06 October 2017

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 0

Seasonal feast £24.95 per person

Vegetarian option available. £10pp deposit. Table available for a maximum of two hours only, unless stated otherwise. Minimum of 6 people required to book a party package. Private dining room bookings are based on minimum spend.

From: 06 October 2017

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 0

Merry treats £19.95 per person

Vegetarian option available. £10pp deposit. Table available for a maximum of two hours only, unless stated otherwise. Minimum of 6 people required to book a party package. Private dining room bookings are based on minimum spend.

From: 06 October 2017

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 0

Baos and Bubbles for two, just £18.50

Subject to availability. Available Monday to Saturday between 12pm - 6:30pm. Offer includes one baos and two glasses of prosecco or two bottles of Tsingtao 330ml beer. Must book online in advance to get this offer. For dining in only.

From: 18 July 2017

To: 05 September 2050

Max: 0

Lazy Sumdays - Unlimited Dim Sum £24.95 per person, £11.95 for under 12s

Available on Sundays & Monday bank holidays only. Drinks,seasonal specials,set menus,special dishes & desserts not included.Only available when everyone in your party orders this menu.See ordering sheet for full T&C's.

From: 06 October 2016

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 9

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8.6

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 8.8

Atmosphere: 8.3

Value: 8.6

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jade P. 09 August 2017

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: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Heather A. 04 December 2016

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).

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Margaret J. 13 May 2016

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.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Sandra S. bronze reviewer 20 February 2014

The food at this restaurant is excellent and always very hot which is remarkable considering the amount the diners in the restaurant that need to be served. Would definitely recommend this place for a quick business lunch or even longer.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sandra S. bronze reviewer 12 August 2013

Fantastic food

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sandra S. bronze reviewer 27 June 2013

Fantastic food; served extremely hot, fast service, helpful waitress/waiter, good value for money and great atmosphere. Have been here lunch time and evening and it never disappoints would definitely recommend :).

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Sabrina's Passions platinum reviewer 05 August 2010

Ping Pong is not my first port of call for authentic dim-sum, but there is no denying that it does the job almost as well. A more than generous selection of steamed, fried and signature dim-sums, some of which are definitely better than others. The star of the show for me has to be the roast pork puffs, with juicy sweet pork filling enveloped in flaky puff pastry, sprinkled with sesame seeds. Duck spring rolls with hoisin sauce, steamed seafood dumplings and the pork fillet are all great choices. They have a great choice of drinks and cocktails too, which is nice… Desserts are a very different affair as they are mediocre. Very kindly, our waitress warned me that the coconut cakes are not really cakes (per se) and aren't that tasty… If anything, honesty like this is refreshing and should be rewarded! I had the banana and chocolate spring rolls, which could do with less pastry and more chocolate and my friend chose the chilli and chocolate mousse, which she said was actually quite spicy, but definitely in line with the whole Oriental theme I guess. The best value at Ping Pong comes on Sundays (not at this particular branch as its closed) when for about £16 you can eat UNLIMITED dim-sum and that is pretty great! Go on an empty stomach to get the most value!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

R.R.Gill platinum reviewer 13 July 2009

“Little steamed parcels of deliciousness” is how Ping Pong entice you inside so after an afternoon rambling around the city I decided to pop into the Bread Street branch. It was the first time I've visited Ping Pong – I'm lucky enough to have one near the office but unfortunately for Ping Pong, Yauatcha is closer to me and provides hard competition to beat. The restaurant seemed like very similar in decor to Hakkasan and it's various clones but instantly gave of a more relaxed feel to it. Tables are well spaced and comfortable enough for what you need as lets face it you won't be there much longer than an hour. The food certainly lived up to the deliciousness promised – Pork Puffs, Har Gau, Spicy Chicken Dumplings and Salmon with Ramen noodles being some of the more memorable dishes. Service was polite, swift and very efficient and the overall experience left me impressed. Prices are excellent and all the dishes excellent value for money – the set menus especially look fantastic value for those unable or too lazy to decide from the main menu. Very pleasant overall and a nice and slightly cheaper alternative to Yauatcha.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Clay. M 29 June 2009

Went to the Cheapside Branch with friends for the first time last Friday Lunch and I really enjoyed it! A change from sandwiches for sure…I had the Steam bun with pork , some of the cool rice in the lotus leaf and few interesting other bits like the squid cake & prawn balls (very funny looking). Service was very efficient, and the music very good. A little more pricey than a Sub, but definitely worth it;…and apparently they have just launched take-away!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Julia N. 03 March 2009

I was recomended Ping Pong by a friend who said the food was lovely. We went in for a quick bite to eat but ended up staying the whole night due to the cheap Champagne. I don't know of any other resutrants that sell decent Champagne at wholesale price, thats Mericer at £14! We got through 4 bottles with a few cocktails on the side… and we only paid £23 each (spilt 8 ways) All in all, a brilliant resturant for a large group … or just for the Champagne

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Special offers

Festive indulgence £34.95 per person

From: 06 October 2017

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 0

Seasonal feast £24.95 per person

From: 06 October 2017

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 0

Merry treats £19.95 per person

From: 06 October 2017

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 0

Baos and Bubbles for two, just £18.50

From: 18 July 2017

To: 05 September 2050

Max: 0

Lazy Sumdays - Unlimited Dim Sum £24.95 per person, £11.95 for under 12s

From: 06 October 2016

To: 30 December 2017

Max: 9