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5 places to beat your hangover in Chinatown

Over-indulged the night before? Here’s 5 tasty places to banish that hangover, Chinatown style.

 

Greasy fry-ups, hair of the dog, drinking a raw egg; while they may be tried and tested, none of these hangover remedies are actually that appetising. Should you find yourself stumbling around the West End after a few too many the night before, Chinatown has just the tonic to banish those hangover blues. Here’s the top five places for a tasty foodie fix which will have you firing on all cylinders in no time.

Old Town 97

Famous for its exquisitely prepared Cantonese food with a touch of Southeastern style

One of the best things about Old Town 97 is its opening hours. Staying open until 4am each day, it’s a great place to catch a nightcap (or three) after a night out. It’s also one of the earliest places to open at 10am making Old Town 97 a prime spot for an morning post-drinking pick-me-up. Famous for its exquisitely prepared Cantonese food with a touch of Southeastern style, Old Town’s fried fish head and picked mustard vermicelli in soup is a power-packing choice to alleviate your hangover. The invigorating mustard’s warmth will instil energy into your body again.

19 Wardour St, London W1D 6PL, 020 7734 2868, Monday to Saturday – 10am to 4am, Sunday – 12am to 4am

Far East Bakery

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Far East Bakery is the early bird of Chinatown

The warm aroma of freshly baked pastries is almost enough alone to soothe a weary head, but the taste will be the real deal. Opening at 8.50am, Far East Bakery is the early bird of Chinatown so perfect for a freshly-made breakfast. The sight of warm bakes in the window is enticing and the vibe is super-rustic and homely. Try a pillowy soft lotus seed bun or Portuguese-style custard tart. For something more substantial, opt for wonton soup noodle and bean curd.

37-39 Gerrard St, London W1D, 020 7437 6148, Sunday to Thursday – 8:50am to 3:30am, Friday and Saturday- 8:50am to 4:30am

Hung’s Chinese

By day and night crispy BBQ roast duck is Hung’s signature offering – count them all hanging temptingly in rows in the window. But Hung’s opens for breakfast too and star of the show is congee; a sticky Chinese porridge. Made from rice, its silkier and creamier than our Western counterpart plus it’s ideal for soaking up excess alcohol, mitigating the aftermath of a drinking spree. One spoon of sliced fish and beef congee is all you need.

27 Wardour St, London W1D 6PR, 020 7287 6578, 10am to 4am

 Imperial China

Their food – seafood in particular – will be sure to knock you back into shape too

The ambience of Imperial China will sure help eliminate a hangover – all romantic Chinese tradition with a quaint carp pond and bridge. A stately Chinese royal garden, if you will. Their food – seafood in particular – will be sure to knock you back into shape too. Think: salted crabs and steamed turbot, lobster, scallop, shrimp balls and expertly braised abalone.

25A Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA, 020 7734 3388, Monday to Saturday  – 12pm to 12am, Sunday – 11:30am to 10:30pm

Oversea Chinese Restaurant

One of the few Chinatown restaurants to open its doors before noon, Oversea makes a great pick-me-up pit-stop. From traditional roast duck with crispy skin and juicily tender flesh, to delicious dim sum chive dumplings, curry snails, and pork ribs, there’s plenty to settle up your booze-battered stomach.

8 Gerrard St, London W1D 5PJ, 020 7434 1888, Monday to Sunday – 11am to 11:30pm, Dim Sum until 5pm

 

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