The 5 best Asian restaurants in London

1) Bao

This Taiwanese street food-inspired joint has quickly earned a cult following. The speciality is the bao, a steamed bun, served with a variety of delicious fillings such as braised pork and peanut powder. All dishes are xiao chi (small eats) and incredibly tasty, fresh and innovative. A must-try, even if you have to queue across the street to get in.

front side and window of Bao restaurant in London

53 Lexington Street, Soho


2) Esarn Kheaw

This family-run locals’ favourite in Shepherd’s Bush is known for its super authentic North Eastern Thai cuisine. The occasionally eccentric service and slightly tired traditional décor only add to the charm. The flavours here are unusual, fresh and deeply satisfying.

Esarn Kheaw

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3) Sushinoen

This stylish and modern Japanese restaurant is a great find. The sushi is technically spot-on, a mixture of classic and modern fusion options. The sashimi and noodle, rice and grilled dishes are also of high quality. The basement houses a karaoke room.

food at Sushinoen

4) Joy King Lau

With Joy King Lau you’re in reliably good hands in this cosy yet unassuminglooking room on the third floor. The speciality here is the freshly-made dim sum, steamed or fried, which are only served before 5 pm. The rest of the menu is on-point too though, and good value. If you’ve room left then try the deep fried custard bun for dessert.

Chinese restaurant Joy King Lau

5) Shilpa

This Indian in Hammersmith is a neighbourhood favourite that’s worth making a trip for. Family-run and incredibly friendly, the Keralan food here is authentic yet modern. Freshly-cooked dishes such as Avial, Sea Bass Thengapal Roast and Aattirachi Varattigathu (spiced lamb) reveal a mastery of spicing with their wonderful flavours.

Indian restaurant Shilpa

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