Café de Hong Kong

Address: 47-49 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0AN, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7534 9898

- Budget

3

I raced straight past this place for years before realising how good it is for a quick pitstop.

People of all ages and all nationalities can be found happily chowing down in this evocation of a Hong Kong diner, complete with jingly Chinese pop music. It’s no fine dining establishment, but it is authentic and great value.

Food and drink
3.5
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Food and drink
3.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
3.6
90%
Location
3.9
90%

Food and drink

You’ll find an extraordinary spread of international dishes on the menu but best stick to the Chinese stuff, which ranges from familiar prawn toasts and steamed buns to the likes of pig’s trotters with shredded jellyfish, and ducks’ tongues in sesame and chilli sauce. The barbecue meats and rice dishes have some fans but I go for the noodles – yakisoba, wok-fried beef ho fun, hawker soup noodles... there are well over 50 options; chewy udon with spicy aubergine, chicken and salted fish is my favourite. As in Hong Kong, you can order Ovaltine and Horlicks to drink, but that’s just kitsch appeal – what’s worth noting is the fresh juices and bubble teas are some of the best in Chinatown.

Ambience

Beyond the takeaway area are two modern, clean, functional dining rooms for purposeful eating – you’re not meant to linger, but it’s still relaxing.

Service

Variable in terms of friendliness but the food arrives quickly.

Location

A few doors from Leicester Square tube.

Price advice

It’s cheap for London: bubble teas are £3.50, main courses are all under £7.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • No fuss

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