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Barshu is no bar at all, in fact it's a trendy hangout for Chinese, namely Sichuan delicacies. The chef doesn't downplay the fiery cuisine so expect generous use of Sichuan spices in the dishes. Vegetarians also have a wholesome menu to choose from. Furthermore, the helpful staff are quick to give tips and explain the dishes beautifully.
Yauatcha has quickly gained the reputation of being the best tea-room in London; it serves several varieties of tea and Dim Sum. The place has a relaxed look to it with aquariums adding to the decor. A variety of pastries are also available that go well with your choice of tea. Tea is served in cups that have been exclusively created and imported from Taipei. This place is very popular and gets packed very fast. So, it is advised to make your reservations well in advance.
Hakkasan is an excellent Chinese Cantonese restaurant in the center of London. It provides a wide ranging dim sum menu for lunchtime and an impressive menu for evening meals including seafood and vegetarian options. There is a good wine list, but the most popular drinks here are the cocktails. An upscale restaurant, diners here dress to impress. The restaurant is in the basement and includes a cocktail bar, central restaurant, and some smaller rooms.
Without a doubt, Royal China serves some of the best dim sum in London. Since dim sum is popular for weekend brunch and the restaurant craftily does not take bookings on the weekend afternoons, prepare to wait patiently for a table. It's definitely worth the wait though and once you sit down, you might like to taste the main menu offerings too - there are some pretty good Cantonese staples. If you decide to stick with the famous dim sum, the prawn dumplings are a fantastic choice. With black Chinese lacquer screens and mirrors, Royal China is a little more upmarket than your average London Chinese restaurant.