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Joy King Lau
Leicester Square, London
3 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7BL
- Leicester Square Station (0.2 km)
- Piccadilly Circus Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Contact us:
020 7437 1132
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9 reviews of Joy King Lau in English
I've been going here for over a quarter of a century, and it's still the best dim sum in Soho, IMHO. There are no trolleys, the food is all freshly cooked to order. We love the prawn chung fun, yam croquettes and lotus wrapped glutinous rice. Dim sum is a great value cuisine. Our meal for two today was about £18 with Chinese beer and service. If you haven't tried dim sum, or are looking for the best, this is the place to go.
Joy King Lau is the best for authentic Cantonese dim sum in London. I say this based on regular visits to Hong Kong, and a thorough test of many Chinese restaurants in the West End looking for the flavours I miss so much. Almost all of my HK friends go here (or Lido) for lunch, and you know its good by the difficulty in finding a seat at peak periods (even though there is 4 floors).
It is especially good for the seafood dim sum. And even the evening meals went down a treat.
The staff are ok (though a smile would sometimes help some of them), and the service is usually very acceptable, with food arriving within 10 mins piping hot.
A 10% service charge is added automatically to your bill, but I still usually leave some coins if I'm in a good mood.
I have no complaints anymore since the smoking ban was introduced.
Joy King Lau is a very popular Dim Sum restaurant.
It is always packed with people on Sundays. A large variety of dim sum and dessert choice in addition to the ala carte and set dinner menus.
It is worth waiting even for over an hour on the Father's Day last month.One thing I dislike is that it is lack of customer attention but you have to pay a compulsory 10% service charge while many other restaurants in the China Town London the service charge is optional.
This is one of the typical chinese restaurants in china town. It's been around for many years, since I was a little kid as we used to come here almost every weekend with the family for Dim Sum.
Dim Sum and dinner are not bad here, you get most of the dishes that you get in other chinese restaurants.
It's a pretty big restaurant too as it's over 3/4 floors and they cater for big groups of people.
You will find all sorts of people coming to this place from families, to large group of friends to tourist groups.
There are lifts in the restaurant too so no need to walk all the way up to the top floor if you don't fancy it.
Overall, one of the better restaurants to go to in china town as its been there for years...
It’s ok not particularly special about it. A friend had booked a table and I was told be the dealing with booking at the door it was 2nd floor. So off I went looking but I couldn’t the stupid table another person was told table 29 what help is that. Service is ok typical cantonese style food, good for groups. Not my choice of venue.
Typical Cantonese family restaurants, don’t come for a romantic dinner for two, you will find children jumping and screaming around you. Food is authentic Cantonese dishes, so if you are looking for “westernised” Chinese food, then you might not find it so impressive. For real Cantonese food lovers, this is always the ONE place in China Town. Dim sum is cheap and good, I do recommend a group of friends to come and share as many dim sum as possible. Desserts not so good. Service might be a bit cold and abrupt, but that is also another feature of “authenticity”. I love their spring sprouts with garlic and soft shell crabs.
Great Chinese restaurant situated almost exactly between China Town and Leicester Square. Four stories with large round tables suitable for 8-10 people, go there as a group for dim sum, and try the custard buns. :)
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