Food Review: Orient London, 15 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6PH

crab Orient London Dim Sum

The best Dim Sum in London?

Orient London  15 Wardour St is one of Chinatown’s newest sons. It was opened on 16th June 2015 by hospitality entrepreneur Patrick Cheung after a complete refurbishment of the four storey building.

Our rep in London, Mr Foodie Senior, jumped at the chance for some Dim Sum (also known as Yum Cha).

Orient London Dim Sum
© Orient London

The first thing you notice when entering is the relaxed ambiance. The background music is as chilled as the air conditioning. Contemporary dark wood and muted tones contrast with flashes of traditional gold.

The Orient London offers a large selection of Dim Sum which they will proudly tell you are all made in house. Priced in the £3 to £4 range, a selection of three or four makes a tasty light meal that is perfect for sharing.

The Orient London offers a great choice of Dim Sum, with unusual offers such as Steamed Silver Cod Dumpling with Miso and Asparagus (£3.80) and Taro Croquette with Black Truffle (£4.00) sitting alongside familiar favourites.
Fortunately, Derrick the restaurant manager was on hand to guide me through the choices. Eventually I settled on a mix of steamed and fried dim sum.

Orient London Dim Sum
© Orient London

First to arrive were the Crystal Prawn Dumplings (£3.80).  Each parcel was a plump pair of whole prawns wrapped in a perfectly steamed gyoza. The chilli and soy dips just added to the occasion. This was a great start.

Prawn Dumpling Orient London Dim Sum
Prawn Dumpling

Next to arrive were the Spicy Steamed Crab Meat Dumplings (£3.80). The fresh taste of green vegetables, like a layer of seaweed, highlighted the spiced crab meat.

crab Orient London Dim Sum
Spicy steamed crab dumplings

The Pan Fried Dumplings with Fois Gras and Preserved Vegetables (£4.50) provided a remarkably tasty mix of flavours. The fois gras had melted in the crisp casing bathing the preserved vegetable pieces with a rich sauce. Well worth coming for on its own.

fois gras Orient London Dim Sum
Fois Gras

Scanning the dinning room it became apparent that apart from Dim Sum,  The Orient London also offers a full menu of barbecued meat, rice, noodle, Congee and Cheung Fun dishes. Portion sizes looked generous and even though this was early afternoon there was a steady flow of eager customers.

Desserts do not usually feature strongly on Chinese menus. The Orient however provides a list of tasty desert dishes (all at a reasonable £3.30) including Mango Pudding, Black Sesame Balls and Osmathus Jelly with Wolf Berry. I went for the Green Tea Mochi with Azuki Beans.

mochi Orient London Dim Sum
Green Tea Mochi with Azuki Beans

The mochi were glutinous in texture. Cool and refreshing rather than sweet and heavy. Enough to share.


+ Amazing selection of delicious Dim Sum

+ In the middle of China Town

+ Well priced

– London – too far for Mrs Foodies Dim Sum fix







I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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