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.
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
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
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
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
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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