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“Exceptional ”
Review of A.Wong

A.Wong
Ranked #1,410 of 24,239 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Pimlico
Description: The name comes from the maiden name of the current proprietors' grandmother, and Kym's is still very much a family affair. This composed, affable restaurant serves hot and spicy cuisine rooted in its regional Chinese heritage - with a dim sum menu for lunch - to a hectic crowd of politicians, ambassadors and locals drawn to its bustling Victoria location.
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

The food and the staff are exceptional; if you are lucky enough to get a table in this restaurant then you should go!

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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

We are locals in Pimlico and this is a fabulous Chinese restaurant. We had friends staying from Australia and we had a very memorable dinner here. The staff went out of their way with excellent and attentive service and the food was amazing. We sampled many of the dishes that included dumplings, the moo shu pancakes , the Xian city lamb burger, sweet and sour chicken , crispy chilli beef .. all fantastic!
How lucky are we to have this as our local restaurant. Can highly recommend.

Thank Belinda M
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

In some ways, it is a pity that A Wong now has a Michelin star. It was hard enough to get a table before - now it is even more of a struggle. But it is worth any amount of effort.
One needs to be aware that this is not standard Chinese cooking or restaurant fare - especially not for London. It is an experience. Andrew Wong breaks away from the traditional slavish reverence for what has always been done, and creates his own twist on classics, using ingredients that one might not normally find in Chinese food. This is not “fusion”cooking, though. Everything he does is rooted in China - it is just that he brings a modern touch and is not scared to branch out into new ideas, while stil using the traditional techniques. And the quality of the cooking is of the highest order.
To my mind, the star of the show is the Peking Duck banquet. 10 courses of exquisite duck-related dishes (even one of the puddings and a cocktail have duck!). Each course is different and delightful. Most are small - one or two bites - but the freshness and vitality are amazing. And the main events - the duck skin and the meat with pancakes - are plentiful and as traditional as one would wish, albeit presented with an unusual flair. And the price - about £70 per person, excluding drinks and service (but including the cocktail) - is more than fair considering the amount of food and the quality of the preparation. It is a real treat. Just as well, as they only do *one* per night, for a maximum of 4 people. Book very well in advance…
Fortunately the Taste of China menu (also very good value at £75 excluding drinks and service) and the à la Carte are also extremely good, and somewhat easier to book for. At lunch time, the dim sum are spectacular. Much has been made in reviews of the duck-egg custard buns, and these are stunning - visually and in taste. But so are the quail egg croquettes and the green beans in tempura batter and the har gau with citrus foam and…
This isn’t a place to stuff your face and emerge feeling bloated. Portions are not vast. But it isn’t meant to be. Restaurants of this quality are not there simply to provide enormous quantities of food. Not in London, nor in Hong Kong, nor anywhere else. It is cooking of the highest proficiency and excellence where the taste and the brilliance are what count. One doesn’t, however, leave hungry. Delighted and satisfied, and well-fed, but not stuffed.
The service has received some negative comments. All I can say is that I have never had bad service there. Admittedly, as something of a regular (ability to get a table allowing!) I am known by name, which helps, but even when I first started going (before the Star) they were always delightful. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and extremely welcoming. The restaurant is quite small, and can be noisy. Fortunately, a refit at the start of this year has brought in some much more comfortable chairs (the old ones were a problem!) but even before this a bit of discomfort was worth it! Andrew Wong himself is pretty much always in the kitchen (which is open to view from the restaurant) and his wife Nathalie runs the front of house with charm and efficiency. If, occasionally, something goes wrong (and where doesn’t It, occasionally?) it gets sorted out.
This is a Michelin-starred restaurant. It is not a traditional style of Chinese restaurant. If one wants that, then there are many excellent ones in London (where one can pay as much as one does in A Wong). If one wants egg-fried rice and beef with black-bean sauce or chicken with ginger and spring onions, then this probably isn’t the place to come (though they do have their own interpretations of classics on the à la carte menu). If one wants imaginative and delicious cooking of the highest quality, which happens to be Chinese, then do book. Well in advance!

Thank CWRnNorfolk
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We were seated downstairs and I felt that there was more of an atmosphere upstairs but the decently spaced tables downstairs gave us more of an opportunity to catch-up with our friends. The limited option Dim Sum at dinner was nothing very special but I have heard a lot about the variety at lunch time (next visit). The Crispy Aromatic Peking Duck was no different than many other Chinese restaurants. The rest of the dishes were very good and flavourful. Will have to go again to try their other dishes because the menu is very interesting.

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Thank FreqTrav10001
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Delightful nouvelle versions of traditional Chinese delicacies presented beautifully in small portions. Choose to watch the Michelin star chef and assistants in open kitchen upstairs or enjoy the ambience of imperial Chinese decor in the basement ‘Forbidden Den’, referencing Beijing’s Forbidden City!

Thank waisikmau
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