Ping Pong Soho

45 Great Marlborough Street , London, W1F 7JL

4 reviews

31 Dim Sum Soho

SquareMeal Review of Ping Pong Soho

The Ping Pong concept was always a good one. Take the centuries-old Chinese tradition of ‘yum cha’ – tea & 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 & 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 & chive dumplings are reliable picks from the menu, & there are seasonal specials too, such as ‘luxury’ spring rolls with truffle oil.

Special offers

Valentine's Cocktail Offer

Ts & Cs: Min spend to claim complimentary 'Swipe Right at First Sight' cocktails is £25 per booking. Offer valid for a booking of two only. Can not be used in conjunction with any other special offer or discount.

From: 09 February 2018

To: 18 February 2018

Max: 2

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: 19

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6.5

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 6.3

Atmosphere: 6.8

Value: 6.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 08 August 2016

Ping Pong delivers delicious, authentic dim sum at an affordable price. The weather was great so we sat outside. The waitress was friendly and showed us what offers were on. I am a regular at Ping Pong and, as usual, the dim sum was fresh and tasty. I would always recommend Ping Pong to people who love Asian food!

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 14 February 2012

This original Branch of Ping Pong is well past its old glory days. On a recent visit – probably our 12th – staff was grumpy, the new menu was less dependable than the old one and we ended up being treated quite rudely eventhough we played along with their questionable game of selling water+cocktails+tea+wine. When we ordered a second bottle of water we were told the bar was now closed and that we couldn't have any. This must raise an eyebrow. We still like the Notting Hill branch in the future.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Kate P. 12 June 2009

This was my 2nd visit to a Ping Pong and I have loved both experiences! The food is superb, the staff friendly and helpful and the setting is great, to top it off it is also great value for money! I kicked off by tring one of their cocktails of which I am normally not a huge cocktail fan however the lemongrass and lime cocktail was so refreshing that I managed to drink 4! I would also highly reccomend the duck sping roll, ribs and crispy asparagus (very seasonal!). I will most definately be making another visit in the very near future…YUM!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

matt K. 11 September 2008

I'd heard quite a lot (of good things) about Ping Pong, so popped in for a dim sum lunch last saturday. I found the whole thing a little disappointing to be honest. The ordering process, which is like a multiple choice exam, is quick and easy but didn't really promote the opportunity to ask about various dishes with which I was unfamiliar, or for the staff to enthuse about particular dishes. Our choices made, we awaited our cocktails which, though they arrived toward the end our light lunch, were delicious. The puff pastry chicken parcel was like pukka pies chicken and mushroon slice, limp and bland, and tasted like it had been heated in a microwave. Next course – the dim sum proper: chicken and coriander steamed parcels, the filling was not melt-in-the-mouth, as it should be but was bland and like a slippery bullet, overpowered by the liberal use of coriander. Steamed spicy pork dim sum, was better, a tasty mixture but unceremoniously arranged so that the sticy dough, did just that – stuck to the side of the bamboo steamer so that when I tried to lift the parcel it split and the contents just spilled out. Incidently, this happened with the chicken ones too. I thought I was just being inept, but my partner had exactly the same problem. Cripsy duck spring rolls, fared better, but still way too average – good filling, but outer casing a little cardboard. I found the interiors to be tired and unkempt – could really do with a re-paint and a little more contemporary pan asian design. The asian influenced garden was covered with an ugly blue tarpaulin, which rather spoils the whole Zen serenity thing! Ping Pong has long queues almost every night, have i missed its charms or does it owe its popularity to the paucity of decent places to eat in that nether region of west soho?

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Special offers

Valentine's Cocktail Offer

From: 09 February 2018

To: 18 February 2018

Max: 2

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: 19