Ping Pong Southbank

Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road , London, SE1 8XX

Ping Pong dim sum Chinese small plates and drinks flat lay on table
Ping Pong orange chilli cocktail in glass

SquareMeal Review of Ping Pong Southbank

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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Ping Pong Southbank Location

Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road , London SE1 8XX

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11am-12M (Sun -11pm)

Ping Pong Southbank's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 5.8

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Service: 5.8

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Atmosphere: 6.8

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Value: 5.6

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Bronze Reviewer
22 December 2016

I booked Ping Pong for my birthday with friends. We had one of the larger tables upstairs which is a bit more private and has a lovely atmosphere. The waitress said happy birthday which was sweet and they had put Christmas crackers on our table which was a nice touch. The food in Ping Pong is why I return again and again, it's fresh, tasty and there's so much choice. 5 out of 7 of us had never been and at the end of the meal they all said how much they loved it and how great it was! The food was delicious, we always do a mix of rice, fried, specials, baked and dumplings. My favourites are the spring rolls and the Char Sui Buns - fluffy clouds of loveliness! The cocktails are lovely and a fair price for London (my mojito was £7.55). The food is also very reasonable, we had plenty of food and divided between 7 with tip came to £13! Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food comes at different times but it's never long between the first arrival and the last. They also cater very well to vegetarians and they ask beforehand if there's any food allergies. Overall I had a wonderful meal with friends and really enjoyed my birthday - Thank you Ping Pong!

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Silver Reviewer
07 November 2016

A perfect place to meet a group of friends for a tasty and interactive dinner! The variety on the menu is wonderful and can cater for a variety of tastes and fussiness. Although we all ordered 4 items each and there was a table laden with steaming baskets and crispy bundles, we actually got through almost everything. Our waitress was very helpful and friendly. The steamed spicy chicken dumplings are still my favourite, although there are so many other wonderful things on the menu it is always tough to decide! A wonderful restaurant that will fill any dim sum gap!

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

12 June 2013

Ping Pong doesn't seem as bad as the online reviews suggested. If you expect your chinese to come from a hole in the wall in Chinatown, then Ping Pong is not for you. I quite enjoyed my dining experience at Ping Pong Southbank. The concept of Ping Pong is like a chinese tapas bar, where you are served dim sum instead of tapas, and they promote sharing. Of course, you can choose not to eat dim sum and order a plate full of noodles and eat it all by yourself! Their cocktails, and coolers for the non-alcoholic are refreshing, We had Lemon and Lychee, Black and Pink and Vanilla and Chilli. We chose the set menus as these are quite well planned and saves you from picking out ten different things from the menu. I wouldn't say that the food was an out of the world experience, but I would go there again. Sharing evokes lively conversation and Ping Pong has the right atmosphere for it.

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