Pearl Liang in Sheldon Square remains one of my go-to places for good, dependable dim sum in London, away from the gritty touristy spots in Chinatown. Pearl Liang is slightly more upscale than the typical Chinese restaurant - more like Royal China in Baker Street, though not as hoity-toity as Kai in Mayfair, China Tang @ the Dorchester or Hakkasan in Hanway Place.
Its lobster noodles, whilst it does not reach the lofty heights of those churned out by crusty old New Mayflower, is still pretty dependable - and costs a fraction of the price we had to pay back in Singapore for. But come here for its dim sum - some of the best-tasting I’d had.
Har kau (shrimp dumplings)
Siu mai (minced pork-shrimp dumplings)
Lou pat kou (pan-fried radish cakes)
Wu kok (yam puffs)
Lobster noodles (with ginger/scallions)
The maitre’d, a Chinese-Malaysian from Ipoh, is loquacious, confident and gave some very good recommendations.
8 Sheldon Square
Tel: 020 7289 7000
Opening hours: 12 noon-11pm daily