Ever wandered aimlessly around China Town unsure of where to eat? I certainly have, so on my last visit, I did my research and ended up in HK Diner on Wardour Street.
I couldn’t book, but that didn’t worry me – HK Diner proudly stays open ’til 4am, so I knew we’d get a table eventually… As luck would have it, we were seated almost instantly in the buzzing restaurant and quickly ordered a drink.
As with many Chinese restaurants, the lights were on full beam, so there was no problem reading the HUGE menu. Prawn crackers were a must, so we told the waiter to keep ’em coming. As for starters, it was crispy seaweed, soft shelled crab and sesame prawn toasts. Everything was delicious, well presented and – to back up what I’d heard – some of the best Chinese food I’d had in a long time.
We also ordered half a crispy duck, which was quickly shredded in front of us and devoured in the same amount of time. The meat was tender, juicy and in no way greasy. We all – including my ‘vegetarian except for duck’ friend – approved.
For mains it was popcorn prawns, super sweet crispy beef, squid and special fried rise. They didn’t blow me away like the starters, but were still pretty good.
We were full to the brim when the bill arrived – around £25 per person, which included a couple of bottles of house white. I was impressed, my friends were impressed, so for that, HK Diner gets a LLE Rating of 7.5 / 10.
HK Diner, 22 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QQ