I came across Gerrard's while in the Chinatown area. It has the standard Chinese menu. The quality is good but nothing special. Pricewise, it's pretty reasonable by London standards.
Went again for dinner last night with my boyfriend and we had the set menu B with a bottle of white. Service this time was perfect. Everyone was friendly, efficient and anything extra that we needed was brought promptly. The sampler platter was good. Mostly fried things, and the ribs were a little too sweet for my liking ( as was the sweet and sour pork) but still good. Spring rolls were crisp without a trace of grease and the sesame shrimp on toast was very good, too.
Aromatic duck was the perfect second course, although, again-- more deep fried food.
The black bean shrimp were slightly spicy with lots if crunchy peppers and the fried rice seemed to look sticky and glue -like but it turned out to be among some if the best fried rice I've had. Vegetable portion was small, but I love those little straw mushrooms and the way their texture contrasts with the water chestnut and crunchy snow peas.
Overall, it was a great dinner. The place is almost always busy and last night was no exception. This is always a good sign.
I think this little corner has won me over!
Gerrard's Corner is amongst my favourite Chinese restaurants for a relaxed dinner with friends or family. The service is only ok, and the decor is only fine, but most crucially the food is great and offered at a pretty reasonable price. The menu is generally geared to Western tastes (so go somewhere else if you're looking for specialism in Szechuan craziness), but the old favourites (duck, crispy shredded chilli beef, etc) are all delicious. Would highly recommend.
Amazing food! Not so great service but if u can put up with that I would recommend this place. Get seated quickly. Lots to choose from and everything is yummy!
Zombies do not a good wait staff make.
Gerrard's Corner is run by zombies; they're forgetful, barely sentient, and spend most of the time staring at the ground. Thrice I tried hailing someone down (in Cantonese, English and Mandarin) to bring me chili sauce. On my visit on a Wednesday afternoon the place can hardly be considered bustling; homeboy just needed his sauce to get his grub on, how hard is that?
The food had arrived excruciatingly slowly and, when asked to inquire about two stray dishes, no one thought to return with an update. The deep fried taro (yam) dish was delivered cold, but all other dishes (including steamed dumplings) were brought up satisfactorily hot.
What could have easily been a one-hour luncheon had stretched out to one-and-a-half.
The food was disgusting, it looked and tasted like they had scraped the leftovers from other diner's plates and reheated them.
The servers were extremely rude. When the bill came it wasn't itemised. It had one listing - "meals" with a price next to it. When we complained, suddenly they couldn't understand English.
My boyfriend has had to take time off work due to an upset stomach from eating here. Avoid!
This place culled a three star review. Yes; culled.
The waiting staff have seemingly lost their way. Not just in their food business, but in their very existence. Never have I seen more employees appear dead behind their eyes than this crew. It felt like I was talking to a poorly designed robot when speaking with anyone who worked there.
Anyways, we went here because it seemed like it had the best prices in the area. 7 pound sweet and sour chicken was about the lowest on the strip; and with 2 pound rice it seemed like the way to go.
Look, I can't really knock the food. It was the most normal Chinese food I've ever eaten. Never have I been less excited but not disappointed in what I was consuming. For that it's an only ok and bland place to go, probably better if you're drunk (like most things).
One member of the staff left us a pitcher of water after we asked for our glasses filled. That was nice, I like having a lot of water available to me.
The check came out to 20 some odd pounds and we weren't thrilled to have to pay it. The portion size of our chicken was quite small. The rice was well portioned but overall it was not enough food for the price.
What's with sesame chicken not existing in England?
Slap bang in the middle of Soho.
This place can get crazy busy during rush hour and they do a great dinner special with a free beer!
For the most part they offer standard Chinese fare, but, their Crispy Duck is awesome.
Skip this one. There are tons of Chinese Restaurants in the area and I am sure that they are better than this one.
Food is very bland.
Service is bad.
expensive and not that good
Definately a good place for some Dim Sum! it's hard to find a nice Dim Sum place in Chinatown cause there are so many of them.. but this place is definately awesome and has me coming back for more and more. It's a little expensive but what place in London isn't? They have everything I crave for.
The Cherng Fun (Rice flour cake with shrimp) is hella good. You must try it! The dumplings are all pretty tasty as well. Chicken feet. The chicken feet here is ohm nom nom delicious!
Not too bad, could be a little better, but definately always had a full glass of water.
Will come here again!
Gerrard's is not a very Chinese name, but don't let the name fool you, the food is ALL Chinese! When I first went to Gerrard's it was after a night of clubbing and I was surprised to find a place open well after mid-night. It was crowded but I wasn't sure if it was because of the food or just convenience. Trust me, it's for the food!
Since my first visit I have gone to Gerrard's often to enjoy the duck with pancakes, at least I think that's what those little thin patties are called. Anyway, the duck arrives at your table hot and they cut it up into smaller pieces. With each pancake you add the duck, plum sauce and a bit of celery, it is yummy goodness with each bit! The duck is flavourful and crisp and the blend of plum sauce and celery just adds to the taste. They also serve wonderfully large and delicious steamed dumplings, another personal favourite. Whenever I go to Gerrard's it is rare that I don't have to wait a few minutes for a table, the later you go the longer the wait. But the food is worth the wait. I know they have other dishes, a few I've tasted, but I go to Gerrard's strictly for the duck and the dumplings, a combination that, at this restaurant, can never be wrong.
Come here for the best dim sum in London's Chinatown. The menu is pretty sparse for a dim sum place but the food is of relatively good quality.
Gerrard's offers a menu with pictures for everyone who has never ordered dim sum but sadly does not have a push cart system. You put the number of each dish you want to order onto an order slip and the waiters bring it out for you. Not the most traditional flavors as I feel the dishes have been tweaked slightly for tourists and non-Chinese clientele. But that being said, this is probably one of the places that have dumbed down their dishes the least in Chinatown.
For those who are more adventurous, try the hot chicken feet and congee with preserved egg. The place is usually pretty busy during the peak hours so be prepared to wait if you're with a large group, but the service is very efficient and you won't wait terribly long for your food.
Best restaurant in the Chinatown for your money!
If I'm ever dining out for dim sum in London's Chinatown, it's ALWAYS got to be Gerrards corner. Granted it doesn't have all the dishes for dimsum but the ones it's got is far better than most of the others I've tried in Chinatown (Don't even get me started on top of the town!)
I really suggest going for the chefs specials and the bolo bun with charsiu filling. It's pretty lack lustre compared to HK ones but it'll do the job and i'm pretty sure only they serve it. :) I like the siumai here, it's less fatty pork meat that most other chinese restaurants use. But be careful, it really depends on the day.
Service wise, I don't have a problem, the staff have always been well...chinatown average. They're all like that in chinatown, so i don't take it personally. Their mantra really is to, get you in, feed you, then you pay and get out for the next table. Seeing as most don't speak much english anyways, if you speak cantonese/mandarin, it's always a plus. Racist but it works.
WOW WOW WOW WOW. I took a random chance on Gerrard's Corner as i was with my family and we didn't want to spend ages walking around deciding which chinese restaurant to check out. This was the best chinese food I have ever eaten in London. Realy was epic. The egg fried rice was perfect and the curry sauce I ordered on the side was so rich and cream and beautiful. Go here! The staff were also very friendly and een charged my phone for me!
I've eaten here several times and I wonder why I ever did. The quality of the dishes vary enormously depending on how busy it is, from reasonable to positively offensive. The range of dishes are nowhere near as extensive as the other restaurants nearby. Vegetarians should be discouraged from eating here as a friend's Sweet and Sour Tofu had a 2 pieces of chicken in it. Although the prices are quite low, around £30 if you don't order the lobster or oyster dishes, the place leaves a lot to be desired.
The service, as indicated on the menu, is not included. So expect muttered indecipherable explanations of dishes, long delays for your food, plates ripped from you before you've even finished, a generally rushed atmosphere where they want you out as soon as possible. They took a chair from our table to put onto another one, without asking, whilst one of our company was in the frankly disgusting toilets. When she returned they shook their heads blankly as she requested another chair. She stood for another 10 mins before they understood the problem. To top it off, on one occasion they brought the rubbish through the floor of the restaruant leaving behind the scent of refuse everywhere.
Although all these things have been compounded over 3 or 4 visits. I will pretty much guarantee that at some point when visiting, you will encounter something unsavoury.
Please, walk on a little further and visit the many other places in Chinatown where the food and service are miles ahead of this one. I implore you, please do not eat here, for your own sanity.
Honestly dumbfounded by the bad reviews went here for lunch and had amazing crispy duck and dim sum with jasmine tea. Highly recommend the duck, as a Chinese food addict this is by far the best I have tasted. As far as service goes this place leaves a lot to be desired but it is worth it for delicious authentic Chinese food at reasonable prices.
the beef in oyster sauce tasted like the beef was from a big mac but i was a huge fan of the chilli prawns! the food though was very greacy
If there were a zero star, I give them that. The worst waiter ever! He shouted at me because of his own carelessness. How dare they charge service fees for such a terrible service. Bad bad place!
I found the food to be pretty bland, but the crispy duck was good.
Like many along that strip, they tend to bulk out out mainstream standards with onions and overload on MSG, but if you choose right there are some goodies here. The roasted meats are good if not exceptional and their pork hotpot is a rich and worthy winter ribsticker, full of soft yielding aubergine and slippery pork slices flavoured with star anise punctuated with shards of garlic and chilli.
Gerrard's Corner is another one of my favorite restaurants in London not so much because it has great service (which it doesn't) or has great food (its good but great) but because it is unpretentious, consistent, conveniently located (being near Leicester Square), and generally doesn't require a long wait or reservations. They have very nice variety of dishes from the more traditional to the more westernized to please everyone's palate. Food is always fresh and flavorful. I especially like that there is no smoking in the restaurants any more.
Have only ever eaten dim sum here, so need to confine my comments to that side of things. Fairly run-of-the-mill - all the standards, nothing outstanding, but a good place to people watch if you can bag a table with a view of the street. If you're desperate for cracking dim sum, and happy to pay double the prices here, stumble over to Yauatcha. If you just want to zone out for a few minutes with some pleasing bites to eat with tea and/or the odd cold Tsingtao, this is a reasonable pick.
Went there for dim sum on Sunday. There was a good selection, but of the dishes we ordered they were fairly average.
Not bad, but nothing that I would go back for.
Gerrard's Corner is a mainstay of the Chinatown scene, and with good reason! You just can't go wrong with delicious dim sum served quickly by the expert and obliging staff. Even the Chinese dramatic pop tunes playing along with their videos on the big screens can't put a damper on the generally friendly atmosphere. Try the duck pancakes or, if you're feeling more adventurous, sample the delicious pork buns. For non-Chinese speakers there are helpful illustrations of the dishes to guide the discerning eye through the plethora of steaming delicacies on offer. The place is immaculate and the bathrooms are the best in Chinatown.
Gerrard's Corner is a bog-standard Chinatown restaurant serving bog-standard dim sum. I'm a particularly fussy eater when it comes to dim sum, and this didn't meet my standards. Wont be going back again, and certainly not recommending this restaurant to anyone.
Bland food. Disinterested waitstaff.
Prime Chinatown street-corner location, but wish the food was better.
Got my shrimp dish in a pasty white sauce, with a few pieces of onions.
Far cry from the food in San Francisco's Chinatown.
been here over and over it is a very nice place clean and efficient staff food is always piping hot fresh and tasty i would reccomend this to anyone i always take friends here for lunch have never been let down yet brilliant
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