Pearl Liang

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Chinese, Dim Sum

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Pearl Liang is not your normal Chinese drop-in. Firstly, there’s the room – a subterranean space that makes up for its lack of natural light with sexy purple upholstery and snazzy flower-blossom designs. Then there’s the ‘sublime’ cooking, which goes the extra mile for authenticity as it romps through the Chinese regional repertoire, taking in everything from excellent crispy duck with homemade pancakes to sweet-and-sour chicken jazzed up with pomegranate. Premium seafood also abounds – from steamed razor clams and scallops stuffed with crabmeat to a hatful of turbot specialities – and the kitchen is happy to go walkabout for the likes of lobster sashimi. The lengthy line-up of dim sum is a lunchtime crowd-puller (think prawn and radish dumplings, chicken’s feet, fried octopus cakes and BBQ pork puffs), and there are some classic cocktails for a post-work refresher.

Good to know about Pearl Liang

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Chinese, Dim Sum
People
Group dining [8+]
Food Occasions
Afternoon eating

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15% OFF your food bill

From: 28 November, 2018
To: 31 December, 2019
This offer is applicable only when you BOOK ONLINE after 5pm on any Sunday to Tuesday (excludes bank holidays). These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Location for Pearl Liang

8 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6EZ

Opening Times of Pearl Liang

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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22 December 2018

I don’t normally like to leave negative feedback about independent restaurants but unfortunately not much option in this case. We booked for a large group of 12 including children for lunch at 12:30pm and left credit card details as a deposit as requested by the restaurant. The day before the booking, the restaurant contacted us to say that we had to be at the restaurant for 12pm and we would need to leave the table by 2pm as another group were now booked in for 2:15pm. We called back and said that we could not arrive any earlier than 12:30pm as some of our party were travelling some distance, and was told that we would still need to vacate the table by 2pm. We said we could not eat in 90 minutes, especially with several young children and it was a get-together so didn’t want to have to leave immediately after eating. We were offered another option to use their private room but the manager insisted that we commit to a £40 per head spend. When I said that it is unreasonable that we have to pay extra due to the restaurant’s mistake, the manager said basically take it or leave it and refused to offer a reasonable alternative or honour the original reservation. At no time were we informed that the booking was timed or that we had to vacate the table by a set time. However, the manager didn’t seem to care, repeating that “...Sunday is a busy day”. I have given the restaurant 2 out of 5 as I have heard the food is good, atmosphere is ok, not cheap, but the management leaves a lot to be desired and seem happy to act unreasonably and let people down, despite having taken a booking several weeks earlier. It’s obvious that they are trying to turn tables and cram in as many customers as possible, but the restaurant needs to inform customers of their strict time slot policies at the time of booking, not 24 hours before in the hope that it is too late for the patrons to cancel their reservation and find another restaurant (luckily we found another great Chinese restaurant that could take our booking on short notice). Think the management also needs a crash course in customer services. We certainly will not be attempting to visit again.

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16 August 2018

Great for meal with Clients

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16 August 2018

Great for a client meal

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31 May 2015

4 of us went there for dim sum. All 13 dim sum dishes were all delicious. But the ervice is really slow with drinks order. My friends ordered a beer and a glass of red wine to have before meal. But the drinks came half way through our meal. They then ordered a bottle of white wine. It came when we nearly finished the meal after repeat request! It is such a pity that drink service was bad, but tea service and food were better than average.

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11 May 2014

Paddington's Sheldon Square is by no means the most obvious location to go when searching for a new Chinese restaurant to enjoy, being sandwiched almost next to the train station and surrounded by faceless office blocks, think Canary Wharf relocated close to Little Venice. Nonetheless, Pearl Liang is well worth a visit based on the overall experience, from atmosphere through to food and service. The event began well as while loitering outside regarding the menu, a couple were leaving, enthusing about the place and endorsing that we enter (they had been for their 30th – pearl – wedding anniversary). On entering, it was also immediately notable that the majority of the tables were full, fortunately not overly populated by besuited office workers, and many occupied by Chinese families. The interior is furnished in a contemporary style but with some homage to tradition, think wood panelling and dragon carvings as well as much more modern mirrors and mood lighting. When the food arrived (the menu itself, like many Chinese, was extensive and took some time to consider), it was obvious why the place was so popular: two things stood out – there was not a hint of MSG and, hence, there was a clear emphasis on freshness of flavour. Spices were introduced to dishes with clear thought such that they were not over-powering and the vegetables were not cooked to within an inch of their lives or drowned in unforgiving sauces, bring allowed to speak for themselves. There were no failings and if I were to select one stand-out dish then it would be the pork Szechuan-style served with fried green beans, a wonderful combination with lovely harmony. Some previous reviewers have griped about service at Pearl Liang, but there was no cause for complaint, other than that the food perhaps came to the table too quickly. Staff appeared helpful and knowledgeable and seemed happy to chat with both local and non-Chinese customers. All of this does, of course, come at a price and it would be hard to get away with less than fifty pounds a head, not obviously cheap, but perhaps fair in a London context. One final piece of advice: if you go, then make sure to sit in the main room; the front bar area seemed to lack atmosphere and from there, Paddington's office blocks sadly loom into view.

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