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Reviewed August 29, 2020 via mobile

We dined at Yming in August as a family of 2 adults and 2 children who love a good Chinese meal. After much searching on Tripadvisor we settled on Yming as it appears to have consistently good reviews which are hard to come by in...Chinatown which is a bit of a tourist trap. The restaurant is made up of two cosy rooms which look out onto Greek St and seats around 30 diners at a time. This makes for a nice atmosphere. We were welcomed and shown to our table, my wife is gluten intolerant so we have to go through the usual patter of explaining and requesting which dishes are suitable. Credit to the waiter he didn't actually know so have to ask the kitchen be coming back to us. This left a rather limited selection for my wife of just 2 starters and 2 main dishes. At this point in the meal I needed the food to be incredible as my wife looked at me with scorn as I had dared booked somewhere before asking about the gluten free options! We started with the crispy cauliflower and homemade dumplings. The cauliflower is beautiful and not something we'd come across before. It was a good start to get me out of the gluten free dog house! We had to wait around 20 minutes for the homemade dumplings but the waiter had already warned us there would be a delay as the dumplings are made fresh. I must say they were well worth the wait too! We receive four lovely pork dumplings and a soya dipping sauce. At £8 it was a little steep, but decent food costs a bit more especially in London. For the mains we opted for the lemon chicken and the famour Mr Edwards pork. The chicken was fresh and zesty with lemon but not over powering. The pork is a well reviewed dish and I can see why so many people order it. It's a sticky almost teriyaki style sauce and the slow cooked pork was delicious. The staff were pleasant but I wouldn't say they were the friendliest. They asked if we'd eaten at the restaurant before when I said the children may struggle with chopsticks. But there was no offer for any form of cutlery. In fairness I preferred the children to make a good attempt with the chopsticks because it added to the authenticity of the restaurant. We were disappointed that there were no prawn crackers available, but we were informed that the ingredients weren't available. Having walked through Chinatown to get there and seen plenty of people eating prawn crackers, I'm not sure where they were trying to source the ingredients, but there were lots of other restaurants who managed to access the ingredients. This didn't detract from what was a wonderful authentic Cantonese meal. Starters range from £6 to £8 and main dishes £13 to £15 plus rice, so thus isn't your local Chinese takeaway prices, but then again its offering much better dishes and quality than your average restaurant. We dined during the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The restaurant during this time wasn't offering any set menus which was disappointing given the previous good reviews regarding the set menus. But this seemed to be the case throughout Chinatown as the majority of restaurants removed set menus, presumably to reduce the potential cost impact of customers reducing the price of a set menu below cost value. Overall, highly recommended for a great meal with authentic dishes. With drinks (2 beers and 2 gin and tonics) a two course meal for four people cost £78 (including £40 discounted for Eat Out to Help Out) otherwise £118.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 27, 2020

I have been eating here since 2003. The food and service are always excellent. They are well organised for large parties and will provide assistance in planning a menu that is interesting.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 18, 2020

It is really too expensive for the food it was, not worth that much. They should see them again.....

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020

We way over-ordered here. The portions are ginormous! The flavors are intense and very satisfying. The crispy duck was probably the best thing on the table. Loved it.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

Found this restaurant listed in the top 10 Chinese restaurants in soho. It certainly deserves its rating. The eatery is spread over two rooms and a downstairs area where the toilets are located. It is small and intimate. The tables quite close to each other....We went in to make the booking for 1815 and had a drink across the road as waiting for a friend to arrive. Even though it was 1730 many of the tables were already filled a good sign! The service is fast and friendly. The menu has all the favourites you will expect so something for everyone. We had the duck with pancakes to start. Followed by crispy chilli beef crispy seafood noodles and Chinese stir fried vegetables and rice. Every dish was tasty and well presented. Definitely the best Chinese meal I have had in a long time. Sometimes service in a Chinese restaurant can be a little brusque and indifferent not here. They know who is paying the bill. Highly recommended and make sure you book ahead.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 27, 2020

Don't accidentally overlook this excellent Chinese restaurant, which is tucked away in a relatively quiet location. Although it's not in the main Gerard Street/Wardour Street area where most of the SoHo Chinese restaurants are, it's not far away (1 - 2 minutes away by foot)...- just across Shaftesbury Avenue from the junction with Gerard Place. Importantly, it has great food and is supposed to be the best Chinese restaurant in SoHo and one of the best in London. I can certainly attest to its quality. I always judge a Chinese restaurant not only in the quality of its main dishes, but on how much attention they put into the humble egg fried rice. Many restaurants take a decided short-cut here, using a small amount of shredded egg into a small quantity of rice and the result is often overall lacking in flavour but costs much more than standard boiled rice (and often with a poor portion size). At Yming, they first of all have a much better portion size, but also generous amounts of egg and spring onion; it actually tastes of something by itself, and it tastes good. As someone who cooks Chinese food himself (to a good standard), this detail is important to me. The Ma La pork is spicy and flavoursome, and definitely one of the better dishes I've had at a Chinese restaurant. The steamed dumplings I had as a starter were moist, tasty and satisfying. Service is quick and efficient. The food did not immediately arrive, which means in my books that it's being cooked from scratch, which is a definite plus. Yming is quiet, small and out of the way - I mean these as compliments in what can be a busy and overcommercialised district - and it's well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020

I booked on the day for my family of 4 as the kids wanted chinese before the show and they loved it, we ate everything and it was all delicious and such reasonable prices for central London too. The toilets were also very clean and...the owner offered us a chocolate after the meal. Although quite a small restaurant, it is very cosy and welcoming.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 18, 2020

We visited here last Saturday night to celebrate an anniversary. We didn't book but managed to get a table for 2 straight away. The service was good, polite and non-intrusive. We had really lovely non-alcoholic drinks and the vegetarian set meal with a couple of...additions. Everything tasted sublime. The mock duck with pancakes was outstanding, the flavour and texture was fantastic. The spring rolls were lovely, the dipping sauce hot and fresh. The aubergine, beans, veg stir fry thing, noodles, rice, everything was faultless. I couldn't stop saying yum and wished I was hungrier so I could have eaten more. Seriously, if you're veggie, eat here. It's great. Prices are also very reasonable.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020

Came for a meal after walking round Chinatown and buying a load of cooking ingredients in the big supermarket . ( what we bought I am not sure !! ) this restaurant is away from all the hustle and bustle in the main streets.Tthe queues...outside some of the restaurants were amazing. It is quiet and relaxing and the food very good and well presented.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 16, 2020

A group of us often go to Yming for a pre-show supper, as we did last night. We can always be sure of good food, lovely staff, efficient service in tasteful but cosy surroundings. Best to book as it is not a big venue and...tends to fill-up. Our favourite restaurant in China Town.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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February 8, 2019|
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Response from alwtrm2016 | Reviewed this property |
So long as you advise them I am sure they can accommodate your needs, the menu now includes gluten free options also.
January 29, 2019|
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Response from alwtrm2016 | Reviewed this property |
No Dim Sum, the food here is far beyond what you find in Lisle St or Gerrard St, as the adage goes the best Chinese food in Soho is north of Shafstbury Avenue.
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