When in Leicester Square there are a whole host of Chinese restaurants at your doorstep to choose from ranging from no frills to fine dining, and I recently popped into Orient London, located on Wardour Street, for a meal to try it out.
It is very conveniently located, a few minutes away from Leicester Square Tube Station, and close to bars and theatres, making it perfect for either pre-drinks, pre-theatre, or even a date night venue and has a really smart exterior.
Inside the restaurant I was pleased to see that there is ample and spacious seating, and it is light and airy. I really liked this and felt there was sufficient space between tables so you weren’t eavesdropping on neighbouring diners.
The cuisine served here is primarily Szechuan and Cantonese and you can choose from either a set menu, an A La Carte menu or a Chinese menu, which offers some more adventurous dishes should you wish to try them. They are very flexible with dietary requirements as everything is cooked from scratch so speak to the staff if you do have any special requirements and they can advise you best.
The A La Carte menu is incredibly extensive with so much variety ranging from all the various meats, seafood, Tofu, vegetables, hot pot, and Chinese classics such as Peking Duck and Lettuce wraps available too as an intermediate course, alongside others. The desserts were also quite impressive but we were too full to manage!
I tend to have favourite dishes that I stick to when ordering Chinese food and so I did just that here with my dining partner and ordered a few dishes to share from the A La Carte menu starting with the Steamed dim sum platter which had a colourful mixture of prawn dumpling, prawn & chives, mushroom and scallop dumplings, with two of each available to devour on. My favourite from these were the prawn and chives, although they were all tasty!
Next up was another favourite, ‘Ma Po’ tofu, which was flavoursome, but I think I have become so used to fiery Sichuan versions and so would have liked a dash more heat but for those who prefer it to be less of a chilli kick, it would be absolutely perfect! The portion size was generous too which was great for sharing and great value.
Continuing with the chilli theme, our third dish was the ‘Kung Po’ chilli prawn, which we enjoyed with a side of egg fried rice, which again was a very generous portion. This was also tasty and a sweeter, tangier dish.
If there had been more of us I’d have been tempted to order the Peking Duck as I can never resist it. One to try next time in a bigger group!
All in all a fabulous place to come and enjoy some authentic Chinese Cuisine, with warm and friendly service and in the heart of all the action in Leicester Square. The menu ensures that there is something for everyone to enjoy, especially if you are vegetarian as there is a vast choice, and a great restaurant to add to your radar if you are looking for Chinese cuisine in Central London, specifically China Town.
Find out more: https://www.orientlondon.com/
Address: 15 Wardour Street, London W1D 6PH