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Joy King Lau

#2,850 of 17,153 Restaurants in London
#3,050 of 18,033 Places to Eat in London
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3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England
(020)-7437-1132
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 189
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Week day dinner

We decided on this place after a recommendation from a friend. Service was quick, food very tasty and prices reasonable! I would definitely visit here again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

So, after many letdown a some really tasty Chinese food, in particular the salt n pepper squid and sizzling chicken. Huge portions too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had Yum Cha with two local friends at this restaurant during our recent visit to London - as suggested by them. We ordered a few dim sum dishes (see photos uploaded) including spring rolls; steamed prawn dumplings; steamed pork and prawn dumplings; steamed buns with BBQ pork, steamed rice rolls with prawns; steamed minced beef balls; and pan-fried fish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We decided on this place after a recommendation from a friend. Service was quick, food very tasty and prices reasonable! I would definitely visit here again.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This has been a staple of Chinatown for many years. The manager was Cantonese and so were the staff which meant traditions have been kept in terms of authenticity. Service is quick and fast. Advise you to book a table especially at the weekends or go there early around 12 to get a seat! £1 per head for tea and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I normally avoid Chinatown as I find it a bit of a tourist trap and the restaurants a bit hit and miss. Was invited to this place for a Dim Sum lunch by a friend and although I trust his judgement wasn't expecting a great meal. I was quite surprised. Although the service wasn't the most efficient, once the order... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went for dim sum before going to watch qpr play i love dim sum but hste chinatown as its service is awfulbut this place is ok First of all food is great and cheap dim dum £22 for two to eat with chinese tea place was packed which is good sign . Only fault service is rushed they forgot one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

1. If Chinese are going in a chinese restaurant, you can be sure that's good there. 8 Tables and we were the only guys they were not chinese. 2. From the first moment we liked it. The waiter was courteous. The menue was huge. For everybody something to find. And it was really delicous. Thanks for the great dinner. 3.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I went here partly due to its good reviews on TA. We had a very pleasant meal but I would not say it was anything out of the ordinary. I inadvertently knocked over my glass of wine and got rather a scowl off our waitress! Overall good but would not be raving about it, really not sure why it rates... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

After reading all the reviews I was encouraged by the cumulative score for the restaurant, but some of the negative reviews made me pause. Don't worry. The food is great and the service is what one should expect in a family run Chinese restaurant. The "hostess" is clearly the family matriarch and is a grumpy, bossy typical middle-aged Chinese woman,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I went to this restaurant with a group of frinds for lunch. We ordered a few dim sums. Some of the dimsums were pretty good(the ones with sea food). The ones with pork were hard and best avoided. The service was poor and the food took a very long time to come. i may give the restaurant another try and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: (020)-7437-1132

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Soho

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Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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