Best pan-Asian restaurants in London

Fusion cuisine is de rigueur in London now, with swarms of restaurants getting in on the action. Pan-Asian cuisine spans the world’s largest continent, from Southern Malaysia, to Vietnam. If you’re looking to try it out, have a look at our pick of London’s best Pan-Asian restaurants. If you’re already a die-hard fan of the cuisine, you’ll love our list of must-visit Pan-Asian restaurants in London. Whether you’re looking for a Thai curry or satay skewers, our choice of London’s best Pan-Asian restaurants has everything you’ll need. Scroll down to see the best Pan-Asian restaurants in London.  

Posted on 19 January 2018

Best pan-Asian restaurants in London

Check out London’s excellent choice of great Pan-Asian restaurants with SquareMeal’s selection. Every one of the restaurants featured in SquareMeal’s list of London’s top Pan-Asian restaurants has been tried and tested by food critics and our own customers, so check out the reviews and book a table online with SquareMeal today.


Novikov - Asian Restaurant

Novikov - Asian Restaurant

Over £80

50 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8HA

Unashamedly flash, Arkady Novikov’s double-handed celebrity magnet, touting both Asian or Italian dishes, comes with a broad remit for the big-money crowd. The headlining pan-Asian option might seem a tad heavy-handedly “exotic”, though the menu is ripe for cross-border plundering – from Padrón peppers to prawn tempura or sweet-and-sour chicken. Sashimi salads, spicy tuna rolls and various dim sum might open your account, while other dishes such as seared Wagyu sirloin or a porcini and truffle rice hotpot represent a line-up rich in eccentricities. Purists seethe at the very idea, but it’s supposed to be fun – albeit of a kind that’s not universally accessible. In the lounge, you can get Italian and Asian food, alongside a slightly overworked cocktail list. The heavily hyped private jet menu is one of Novikov’s more novel ideas, although any super-rich takers will miss the opportunity to see and be seen.

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Yuu Kitchen

Yuu Kitchen

£30 - £49

29 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NE

This Southeast-Asian restaurant comes from two of the founders of Icebar. The walls here are adorned with the trippy works of Hong Kong-based artist Lunatic, while head chef Jon de Villa (previously Nobu Mayfair), turns out an array of sharing dishes. Our sticky, juicy chicken wings were followed by scallop, prawn and chive dumplings, with a kick of chilli and ginger. Larger options include spicy poké (tuna, salmon, whitefish or octopus) and bao buns filled with twice-cooked, braised pork belly. Quirky desserts seal the deal, including chocolate-filled spring rolls and ice-cream baos. Wines cover the US, Spain and Australia, and there are craft beers and Asian-inspired cocktails too; we recommend the Mr Miyagi (yuzushu saké, white rum, coconut rum, apple juice and Angostura bitters). Decent prices and knowledgeable staff make this a good casual option and if you’re eating at the counter, the chefs are happy to chat.  

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100 Hoxton

100 Hoxton

£30 - £49

100-102 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SG

"What do you get when you put a Korean, a Filipino and an Aussie chef together?" enquires one reader. The answer is 100 Hoxton, a low-lit, concrete-hued hangout that gives fusion food a good name. "You'll want to order every small plate", insists one fan – perhaps braised octopus with garam masala or crunchy, salty soft-shell crab with peanut brittle and a dousing of fresh lime from the dinner menu. Veggie ideas also come on strong, but our hero dishes are just-pink duck breast with a creamy cashew paste, and the crispy pork belly with miso, ume (plum) sauce and green peppercorn salsa – served in mouthful-sized cubes that you'll polish off in three seconds flat. Brunch and lunch are equally popular – note the 'workers playtime lunchbox' for just £5. At these prices, you can afford to indulge in a smoked mescal Negroni.

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Crazy Bear

Crazy Bear

£50 - £79
Thai

26-28 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2RG

Unfailingly lively, Crazy Bear has been transporting fans of chintzy glamour “to another world” since 2004. Gleaming dark wood, floors in reflective black, a velveteen staircase and leather booths padded in striking red are as unashamedly over the top as a vast pan-Asian menu plundering every corner of the Far East. From reliable sushi (the dragon roll of Alaskan king crab is a pure-luxury winner) and dim sum (venison puffs are our pick) to honey-roasted Old Spot pork reared on the group’s own Oxfordshire farm, exotic ostrich fillet with long beans and chilli paste or budget-busting chateaubriand with bok choy and XO sauce, the food seldom disappoints. Prices can seem steep, but bargain-hunting fans report that meal deals are “definitely worth it” – provided you resist the lure of Asian-themed cocktails in the plush basement bar. Service by assorted beautiful people mirrors the super-glam vibe, sometimes at the expense of efficiency.

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Inamo Soho

Inamo Soho

£30 - £49

134-136 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZP

‘Interactive oriental fusion’ is the deal at this futuristic, neon-lit restaurant, which has silenced those naysayers who claimed the “gimmicky” idea of ordering your meal through a table touchpad would soon wear thin. Instead, diners love this “great concept” with its entertaining novelty – you can even order a taxi home from your table. The food is an accessible pan-Asian mixed bag with new dishes such as scallop tartare, Malaysian beef rendang and Japanese tofu salad ‘hiyayakko’ alongside soft-shell crab maki rolls, delicate squid and spring onion dumplings, Peking duck and a “winning version” of the ubiquitous black cod. The basement cocktail bar deals in fusion cocktails (don’t miss the Inamo Martini with mandarin purée and chilli), while bubbly pop music adds to the vibe as young clubbers get the party started. Watch out for the monthly ‘magic nights’. 

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Inamo Covent Garden

Inamo Covent Garden

£30 - £49

11-14 Hanover Place, London, WC2E 9JP

Like its Soho sibling, this cool neon-lit restaurant serves up futuristic fun alongside a menu of pan-Asian favourites. Your table doubles as an entertainment centre: spy on the kitchen with ‘Chef Cam’, play retro video games of Pong, or choose the design of your place settings (upload photos beforehand to create a personalised tabletop montage). This branch occupies three floors, including a stylish basement bar, and the kitchen features a robata grill. Place your order via iPad, and dishes (all made for sharing) arrive courtesy of the friendly, helpful staff. We began with nicely spiced Korean chicken wings and dumplings filled with tender squid and spring onion. Next, DIY duck pancakes arrived with herb salad, and miso black cod delivered classic silky textures. Well-executed sushi and sashimi, chicken satay, Wagyu beef and Thai curries are also offered. Sip on Saké Mojitos, Kirin beer or wines chosen to match the food. 

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Miusan

Miusan

£30 - £49
Bars

16 Inverness Street, London, NW1 7HJ

Dark and atmospheric with velvet seating, heavy brocade curtains and a waft of incense, this sultry Pan-Asian bar and restaurant exudes a decadence and opulence redolent of the 1940s – think Parisian opium den (mmm). The food fits the bill too: staff (all kitted out in cheongsams) deliver the likes of king prawn and squid tempura with tamarind guava dressing, or jasmine tea-smoked pork ribs, with toasted sesame seeds and honey. At the bar, you’ll find specially created concoctions pepped up with fiery Asian ingredients, including the Shanghai Alley (ooo-er) which blends Tequila, Maraschino cherry syrup, rice syrup and grapefruit. Fill up on drinks before hitting the (dance) floor. 

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Uli

Uli

£30 - £49

5 Ladbroke Road, London, W11 3PA

Uli is the second coming of Michael Lim’s modern Asian restaurant featuring the food of the Chinese diaspora – from regional China through Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. The place originally opened in All Saints Road, but Lim retired three years ago leaving a loyal clientele bereft. Now he’s back, with partner Graham Rebak, and they’ve revamped the operation with a bright new identity and lighter cooking for the clean-eating generation. The joint is already rocking with fashionable locals. Its wide ground-floor space is decorated in Mediterranean colours of white, sand and sky-blue, plus energetic photos of dancers. Outside, a huge terrace stretches across the pavement with decked flooring and a handsome canopy. Food is carefully cooked, well-presented and delicious. Counter the punchy flavours of soft-shell crab in chilli sauce, Szechuan prawns, or dumplings in broth, with silky batons of aubergine in black-bean sauce, or minced pork with spicy green beans. There’s familiar crispy duck with pancakes on the menu, but also Malay lamb curry pimped with grated coconut and galangal. Steamed sea bass with ginger and garlic is expertly dissected at table by nimble waitresses. To drink, choose from an apposite list of wine, beer, saké, and posh coffee and tea.

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Sexy Fish

Sexy Fish

£50 - £79
Fish

Berkeley Square House, London, W1J 6BR

With a waterfall behind the bar and a giant gold-plated crocodile hanging on the wall, it’s hard not to get caught up in the glamour of Sexy Fish – a lavish pan-Asian brasserie with real “wow factor”. Eager staff in multi-coloured waistcoats attend to diners’ every need, delivering thrillingly fashionable food at heavyweight prices to an equally fashionable crowd peppered with celeb faces. Wagyu ganku rolls come topped with white miso and black truffle, while scallops are pepped up with jalapeño sauce and pickled green apple, although the biggest hits are elsewhere – witness tender, honey-glazed duck breast sharpened with kimchi and pickled daikon or sticky pull-apart pork ribs from the robata grill dressed with green onions and chilli. Desserts are not to be missed either – the fluffy, sweet vanilla cheesecake embellished with a strawberry and golden lime sorbet is among the best we’ve tried in London. With its attention-grabbing interiors and moneyed clientele, wonderfully showy Sexy Fish won’t suit wallflowers, but everyone else has a ball.  

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Kaia at The Ned

Kaia at The Ned

£30 - £49

The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ

One of the more casual options in Soho House’s gargantuan Ned hotel, Kaia is an Asia-Pacific restaurant specialising in on-trend bowls of healthy food to share – an Instagram-baiting mix of rainbow-coloured vegetables and dishes from a robata grill. We enjoyed a platter of crispy prawns pepped up with wasabi mayo, and a flaky teriyaki salmon from the robata grill served with palate-pricking pickled ginger. The stars of the show, however, are the gorgeous-looking poké bowls; try the ahi tuna, bursting with colour and flavour thanks to chilli and roasted pineapple, creamy avocado and chunks of fresh fish. Desserts are less diverting; our selection of mango, green tea and black sesame mocha were served so frozen that it was hard to appreciate the flavours. Nevertheless, at Kaia you can still count on what are now the hallmarks of The Ned – friendly, attentive service, a buzzy atmosphere and stylish setting (communal tables, vintage-style desk lamps). Don’t have time to eat in? Many of Kaia’s dishes are available to take away. 

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E&O

E&O

£50 - £79
£30 - £49

14 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN

The paparazzi don’t stalk this Notting Hill landmark as they did in the glory days of models and movie stars, but a slick, well-heeled crowd is still drawn to Will Ricker’s concept of fashionable pan-Asian small plates. Mouth-watering dim sum include scallops with lemongrass, black cod and king prawn gow gee, various dumplings, ribs and the ever-popular chilli-salt squid, while the roll call of sushi, sashimi, curries, tempura and larger plates of whole crispy sea bass with ‘three flavours’, Wagyu strip-loin or Korean lamb with kimchi will make a sizeable but delicious dent in your bank balance. The restaurant’s interior is restrained and minimalist, with dark wood and crisp white linen, although a lively flash of pink in the bar announces great cocktails and a terrific buzz. Outside are neat banquettes set into the frontage, along with a few pavement tables where you can smoke and dissect your latest deal or shopping spree.

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Inamo Camden

Inamo Camden

£30 - £49

265 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7QX

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades, you’ll know that we are in the digital age. Inamo restaurant is at the forefront of tech-savvy food and after setting up in Soho and Covent Garden, has now come to Camden. The venue features an al fresco garden and roof terrace, which is punctuated by an outdoor robata grill. Alongside the street-food inspired menu, there is some impressive tech, with guests able to order their food via tablets and choose the images projected on to their tables. Diners can also mess around with the colour and patterns of their digital tablecloths, as well as draw directly on surfaces. Be right back, just geeking out. 

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