SquareMeal Review of
“Full of Telegraph-reading types, older folk, luvvies and theatre-goers”, Yming feels more respectable than most of its neighbours in Chinatown, but don’t let the smart interiors, blue carpets and white tablecloths fool you – there is some “unintimidating” regional cooking on offer here. To start, try the strange, abalone-like ‘nymph mushroom’, tofu chips in spiced salt or prawn rolls with almond flakes, ahead of shredded duck with ginger, whole crab on soft noodles or wok-roasted beef with mandarin sauce. Otherwise, coq au vin ‘Chinese style’ and double-cooked pork hotpot are worth noting, along with specials honouring famous guests – Jonathan Miller’s hot and spicy sea bass, for example. To finish, dip into the kooky ‘sweet temptations’ – perhaps fried chocolate, steamed buns or rose-petal pancakes. Service hits the mark and prices are extremely reasonable – especially the lunch/pre-theatre menu (£12).