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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Covent Garden

Dim sum at Ping Pong, London | ยฉ audinou/Flickr
Dim sum at Ping Pong, London | ยฉ audinou/Flickr
Covent Garden may be right next door to Chinatown but there are some great Chinese restaurants to be found just over the border, ranging from traditional to regional to late night.

Bai Wei

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$

If you can handle your heat then Bai Wei is the Chinese restaurant for you. Sichuan cuisine, renowned for its use of numbingly hot chillies and pepper, is the focus of here and they crop up in most dishes from dan dan noodles to beef tripe (though there is a chilli chart on the menu for some guidance). The interiors are on the basic side, with just some Maoist era wall paintings for decoration, but thereโ€™s more than enough going on in the food to grab your attention.

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Lanzhou Noodle Bar

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$

Itโ€™s no surprise that noodles are the specialty of the house at this small shop by Leicester Square. You can see them being hand-pulled before tucking into them stir-fried or in a soup with a host of other toppings. And not only is the service fast here, the prices are low and they stay open late.

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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 5:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Ping Pong Covent Garden

Restaurant, Chinese, Dim Sum, $$$
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Sun:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Shu Xiangge Chinese Hotpot

Restaurant, Chinese

Shu Xiangge is a no-frills yet authentic hot pot restaurant thatโ€™s popular with the areaโ€™s Chinese community. You order a broth and then a variety of meat, seafood and veggies to cook in it โ€“ things will get messy, especially if you go for a spicy broth, but itโ€™s all part of the fun. Itโ€™s best to go to Shu Xiangge in a group though, not least because thereโ€™s a base charge for the soup and itโ€™s quite easy to rack up the bill as you order extra ingredients.

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Sun:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Traditional