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Joy King Lau

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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
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 46
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  • 16
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food, great value miserable waitresses

Went at about 12.05 pm and it was full on the first two floors...it only opened at 12.00 noon! That's what you call popular. We had 7 courses of various dim sums & spring rolls. Every one a winner and two pots of tea and that was more than enough even for me & my son who are both gluttons.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
BerkoBoy88
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North of London
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Southampton
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this place by a friend who is chinese and it was amazing! We ordered the set menu for four of us for about £20 per person and it was fresh,hot and delicious ! The service was excellent ,very efficient and friendly ! Easy to find just down the side of the empire cinema and M and M... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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132 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is always packed full of happy eaters. The Dim Sum menu is amazing with so much to choose from. On this visit we had a BBQ pork steamed bun, curried whelks , some prawn dumplings and Chinese tea. I highly recommend this restaurant

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North of London
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101 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Went at about 12.05 pm and it was full on the first two floors...it only opened at 12.00 noon! That's what you call popular. We had 7 courses of various dim sums & spring rolls. Every one a winner and two pots of tea and that was more than enough even for me & my son who are both gluttons.... More 

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UK
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We don't come to London often, but whenever we do, we come to JKL for dimsum (which is fabulous, esp. their marinated octopus and fried meat croquette, which matches ones I've tried in Hong Kong). This time we decided to have an evening meal there. The waiter was really helpful, when I wanted a dish I've had before but forgotten... More 

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Surrey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

2 of us booked for dinner on Friday evening. I'd been warned about brusque service in Chinatown and this didn't fail to meet my expectations. We were directed up to the 2nd floor and the journey up the stairs started to fill me with dread as the decor got sadder by the step. Very busy and to their credit the... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Looking at some of the more recent reviews, there seems to be issue with 'grumpy' staff. We certainly had none of that. The staff on the 1st floor were very accommodating to our choices, they happily replenished the spring onion and pancakes we had with our duck and made sure our teapot didn't empty. The food was excellent and we... More 

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Streatham Common Lido
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Was here for Dim Sum on a weekend, quick and "standard" service (i.e. par for a restaurant in Chinatown). Food was good as we had a range of Dim Sum. They do have the regular Cantonese dishes which looked good too.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The food was ok, nothing spectacular however what really annoyed me was the rudeness of the majority of the staff. They were not welcoming at all bar 2 members of staff who tried to be attentive (our table was on the 2nd floor). They made me like I they were doing me a favor by bringing me the food, no... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Met up with 3 friends for our annual post Chinese New Year lunch. 2 in our group voted for Dim Sum @ Joy King Lau. I was not keen as previous experiences of poor services on 2 occasions had put me off this establishment and I had been boycotting it. However, I decided to go along with my friend's preference... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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156 reviews 156 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Very attentive service and experience wasn't bad. Food was, though, just OK. Given there are plenty of other choices around, I won't go back to try again. We had a feeling that deep-fried starters were pre-cooked and re-heated. At least portion was good for the money. We tried - BBQ ribs - Prawn toast - Softshell crabs - Hot 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: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients, 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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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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