10 September 2014

A Visit To Chinatown

I love Chinese food. I always have and always will. From the delicious crispy duck to the egg fried rice, I can eat it 'til it comes out my ears. Last Friday, Mary and I decided to hit London's Chinatown, pre-theatre. You're spoilt for choice as you walk down Gerrard Street and it can be difficult to know where to choose. Over time, I have come to have my personal favourites; HK Diner, New World, Wong Kei and our choice for today, Imperial China.

You can find it on Lisle Street. Despite the 'm' hanging precariously from the sign outside, Imperial China is a little more 'posh' than a few of the other places on offer. This is mainly down to the fact that they have actually made a decent effort with their d├ęcor. The restaurant is set back from the street and you have to cross over a lovely little bridge to get inside.

I was excited. I have visited a few times now and the food is consistently good.

Mary and I decided to do as we always do; we kicked things off with the crispy duck pancakes.

Then - and with a half effort at being 'low carb' - we chose the steamed sea bass in black bean sauce, deep fried king prawns (which were amazing), Chinese broccoli and stewed mixed mushrooms. 

Oh yes, and some sesame toast!

Delicious, full of flavour and satisfying to the core. It's not the cheapest restaurant in Chinatown but the prices are still reasonable and the quality is high...something definitely not guaranteed at all the eateries in the area!

It was then onwards to the Noel Coward Theatre to see Shakespeare In Love.

It was a great show which you'd probably enjoy whether you've seen the movie or not. It's funny, romantic and energetic; brilliantly cast with the excellent lead actor - Tom Bateman as Shakespeare - rather easy on the eyes. Plus there was a dog in it! Hurrah! Yes, I was somewhat disappointed that Ben Affleck didn't make a special guest appearance but you can't win 'em all.

After the show, Mary and I decided to have a quick drink before heading home. We went to a bar at which you can grab a table right next to the stage door and watched as each of the actors we'd just got to know and love as wonderful Shakespearean characters, exited the theatre in jeans and t-shirts. Seeing our hero Shakespeare arrive with his hair scraped back into two ponytails, a cigarette dangling from his mouth and clasping a can of lager was a little disappointing. But, hey - he was still pretty.


  1. I'm the same, love love love Chinese food! I adore the soups. And your right, that Shakespeare is cute :)

  2. I love China Town - but like you say, it can be a little hit or miss on quality! But I'll have to check this one out.

    Been wanting to see that for ages too - definitely need to get on it and buy some tickets.

    Em | Hmm maybe...

    1. Do it! It's such a great play! Makes me want to watch the movie again x

    2. I can vouch for the restaurant. It's my favourite one in Chinatown -- even better if you visit with a larger group as you get one of the larger round tables to share all the dishes if you wanted.

  3. That's actually the best restaurant in Chinatown in London and I always visit there if I am in Chinatown and looking to have Chinese. My Asian (Oriental) friends (and Asian/Oriental friends of friends) also go there. It's even better to go with a larger group, and you get one of those round tables where you can turn the wheel in the middle and share all the different dishes!

  4. haha, the backstage look is always a little different ;) sounds like a great girls date - Chinatown has some great gems if you know where to look! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  5. Great comforting Chinese food! I would have made similar choice to you, duck pancakes are a must!! I didn't realise Shakespeare in Love was on, that's good one to take my mum too!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  6. I've been craving Chinese food all week - this hasn't helped haha!! Must've been all the steak and cheese in France last weekend.. Going to give them a call and try and book for this weekend to satisfy the cravings

    Rosie xx

  7. I've never been to chinatown in London, maybe on my next visit I will take a look! Shakespeare in Love is one of my favourite films too, glad the play was good :-)


  8. He almost looks like Orlando Bloom in that photo around the table, and then you scroll down and yeah....definitely not even in the same league as OB. :) I'm considering going to this show for my birthday next month, but there's too many great choices right now. I'm so indecisive!

  9. Oooh duck yummy! I haven't been to Chinatown in so long and now I'm craving Chinese (which is shocking considering where I'm typing this from right now!). I guess the Griddle Cafe will have to do for now!


  10. Yummy the food looks wonderful. Sitting hungry on the train this is a deadly post to read. I didn't realise that Shakespeare in Love was on at the theatre I will have to check this out Lucy x

  11. I actually think I've been to that restaurant before (on a very drunken night out with colleagues) I still really need to go to the theatre one of these days!

    Looks like a lovely time!

    Katie <3

  12. Eee I've just watched him in the Tunnel! :D

    Looks like gorgeous food, you always picks such a wide variety of meals!



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