If you make abstraction of the tourists flocking to the area every day to take pictures in front of the majestic gates, Chinatown is one of London’s most intriguing area.
Home to a very close-circled community of Chinese immigrants, it’s a place like no other.
And an excellent spot for some of the city’s cheapest and most satisfying food.
Of course, not every place is good. Most of the restaurants in the area are really just tourist traps to be honest, but there are some real gems to be found if you know where to look.
You know how it goes… You dim sum, you loose some!
Ignore the ‘all you can eat’ buffets lining up Gerrard Street and head straight for Jen Café instead.
If you come early enough, you’ll be able to catch the house speciality, Beijing dumplings, being hand-folded in the restaurant’s window.
And while I could have stood there all day, looking at the dough being cut, rolled, stuffed and folded into rows and rows of delicious little bundles of joy, I truly recommend you only do that for a while before getting a seat.
With only a handful of table & a strong popularity with those in the know, Jen Café fills up quickly!
Don’t spend too much time pondering the (many) options on the menu either.
The Beijing dumplings is what Jen Café’s known for, and they’re definitely what you should get!
Juicy, fragrant little parcels of pork mince with lemongrass & ginger wrapped in the thinest sheet of soft dough, they’re comfort food at its very best (especially when topped with a generous spoonful of chilli oil!).
And at £5 a plate (which will leave you pretty full if, like me, you’re a rather petite eater), it truly is one of the best value meals to be found in London.
But then, that’d mean you’d miss out on the pan-fried dumplings, and that would be a bit of a shame…
So better make sure you take a dumpling partner-in-crime with you!
Plus good company will only improve the warm feeling you’ll get from munching on dumplings, sipping on bubble tea & watching in awe as skilled cooks folded dozen after dozen of dumplings.
So if you’re ever looking for the spot in Chinatown to satisfy your dumplings cravings, Jen Café is the place.
Handmade, traditional, fresh and such good value, it’s all that and dim sum!
Jen Café, 4-8 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JP
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2 thoughts on “Jen Café, Chinatown”
I used to work near Chinatown but never ventured in for lunch as there was too much choice and I didn’t want to end up somewhere disappointing, but this looks excellent – thanks for sharing. I’ll keep it in mind when I’m next in the area.
I was just the same when I first lived in London, and then one of my colleagues told me he heard great things about this place, so I decided to check it out (and turns out, he was SO RIGHT!!). Would love to hear your thoughts when you go!