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35-36 Greek Street
“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).
35-36 Greek Street
Leicester Square Tube Station 210m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 329m
Curzon Soho 25m
Frith Street 55m
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Food + drink: 1
Once and once only have I eaten here. Very inferior Chinese food. Worse than the average bog-standard provincial Chinese takeaway. This is a Chinese restaurant for people who don't really like Chinese food. There are dozens of more authentic places within 200 yards. Pretty room though.
Food + drink: 5
It was an absolute pleasure to eat here. We found Yming by googling the top 10 restaurants in china town and this gem came up in squaremeals link. The staff were attentive, helpful when asked about the menu and nothing seemed too much for them. Not that we asked a lot, but I observed intetactions with other diners. It is a relaxed venue, allowing you the time to eat without feeling pressured. Now to the food. Not one word of complaint here. We were a group of four and selected a variety of foods. Some never heard of before, but as I said, the staff were very helpful. We really enjoyed the experience. I spoke to the manager prior to leaving and gave direct feedback for him and his staff. This review is not only to endorse my comments but also to let others know about a super little place that gives time and attention during the times and demands of todays lifestyle. Definately on the cards for our next trip to London.
Food + drink: 4
I have eaten in Yming a number of times at this stage and have been hugely impressed with the food, service and atmoshere of the place. It is very calm and relaxed for a Chinese restaurant. The menu is very good and combines some “specials/recommendations” with the main menu. The host is a very friendly guy who really looks after you. A great place with excellent food.
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