We have a confession, my sister and I love, love, LOVE Chinese food! Being half-Chinese ourselves, sweet and savoury dishes such as stir-fried vegetables, sweet sour, black bean, ginger garlic, and herbal sauce and soups are synonymous in our lifestyle. 😉
Therefore, even though we enjoy savouring the local food of the places we visit, we do look out to try the Chinese food available in that particular country as well.
The Hunt for Chinese Food in Chinatown at Gerrard Street, London
To satisfy our cravings for Chinese food in London, my sister and I went to none other place than Chinatown located at Gerrard Street in the City of Westminster, London. The two nearest London Underground or London Tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. 😀
There are over 80 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets, souvenir shops, and other Chinese-run businesses in Chinatown, London. My sister and I spent quite some time sightseeing in the area besides looking out for the best affordably priced dinner set meal we could possibly afford.
After surveying countless of high-end and average looking restaurants and cafes in Chinatown, we decided to dine-in at a small, cosy-looking Chinese restaurant by the name of Gourmet Kitchen.
Gourmet Kitchen in Chinatown, London
What attracted my sister and I to try out Gourmet Kitchen was its affordably-priced special set menu. There are a total of 3 options for us to choose from:
Set A – £9.95 per person (min 2 persons or more)
Crispy aromatic duck, sweet and sour chicken, beef with green pepper in black bean sauce, and egg fried rice
Set B – £12.95 per person (min 2 persons or more)
Crispy aromatic duck, chicken curry, sweet and sour chicken, beef with green pepper in black bean sauce, Szechuan prawn, stir-fried vegetables and egg fried rice
Set C – £14.95 per person (min 2 persons or more)
Chicken sweet corn soup, crispy aromatic duck, Szechuan king prawn, lemon chicken, beef with ginger and spring onion, stir-fried vegetables and special fried rice
*Additional dish for 4-5 people – Sweet and sour chicken
*Additional dish for 6 and more people – Chicken Cantonese style and capitol spare ribs
For your info, the menu and price listed above does not include drinks and there is an additional 10% service charge added to the final bill. Needless to say, my sister and I decided to have Set A. It took approximately 15-20 minutes for our food to arrive. 🙂
Satisfying Good Food and Service
It turned out that our decision to dine-in at Gourmet Kitchen in Chinatown, London was a right decision. My sister and I unanimously love the food that we had. The sweet sour chicken was tender and well seasoned. The crispy aromatic duck was a tad hard, but it goes very well with the sweet sauce and slices of vegetables wrapped in “popiah” (spring roll) skin.
Our favourite dish was the succulent beef with green pepper in black bean sauce eaten with a simple serving of egg fried rice. It was fragrant and utterly delicious! We gobbled up the food in an instance and left no leftovers. 😀
We managed to save couple of British pounds on our drinks simply by bringing in our own drinks that we bought from a nearby Asian market store that costs not more than 80 pence each. That is our travel tip for all. From our experience, the service at Gourmet Kitchen in Chinatown, London was good if not great and we enjoyed our dinner and time spent there.
Up next: A visit to the British Museum in London at night time