Your guide to navigating Chinatown’s restaurants with a discerning youngster in tow.
To say Chinatown London is kid-friendly is an understatement. There’s endless eateries that will challenge, satisfy and stimulate their appetite in equal measures. Even the fussiest of eaters will leave happy. For every kind of kid in your life, we’ve compiled the best restaurants for children in Chinatown.
For aspirational artists – ICHIBUNS
ICHIBUNS has the coolest creative décor that will inspire any fledgling artist. Part Tokyo rock n roll diner, part installation, ICHIBUNS interior is cool, colourful and emblazoned with comic book illustrations, zany chandeliers and has a super youthful vibe. And the food? Japanese-American fusion; think – yummy burgers with an Asian twist along with groovy fries and sides plus point-scoring milkshakes galore.
For future Sinologists – New China Restaurant
Sinology is the study of all things Chinese and if there’s one place where kids can get a taste of the country’s many regional cuisines it’s at New China. From ever-popular Cantonese classics, Beijing dishes like noodles with soy bean paste to fried pork slices with sweet and sour sauce from the northeast – they can literally eat their way round China.
For kids with a sweet tooth – Bubblewrap
OK so every child is partial to sugary treats, but Bubblewrap is Chinatown’s must-visit destination for outrageously good confections. Within a Hong-Kong style waffle wrap hides soft matcha or chocolate ice cream, layers of sticky sauce, crushed Oreo and fresh fruit. In fact, Bubblewrap is so good, they’ll be begging you to return each week.
For budding adventurers – JinLi
Sure, children can be fussy eaters but if they’ve got a brave and intrepid palette then JinLi will be right up their street. Specialising in hot, flavoursome Sichuan cuisine, JinLi is home to umami-fied dishes like fish fillets in spicy chili oil. Expand their horizons with the unusual agrocybe aegerita – a rare Chinese mushroom, griddle-cooked to perfection.
For wannabe chefs – Jen Cafe
Junior masterchefs will delight in seeing Jen Café’s ones working their magic, expertly hand-rolling all manner of delicious dumplings in the window. Yes, you can dine with a side order of theatre and witness the chef’s incredible techniques and deftness of touch. Aside from their great Beijing and veggie dumplings, Jen Café serve a Biblical array of bubble tea your child can slurp on until their heart’s content and belly’s full.< Go Back To Food