Taste like home in London!
I bagged my friend, who lives in London for one year, to come here because I got home sick during this UK travel. Without much expectation, this place surprised me greatly! I had the fried chicken, which is the same taste I had at home -- super nice that I almost cried.
Later we bought some Taiwanese pastry (taro pastry and green bean pastry) and they are all good. The hostess was very nice for treating us more. Lovely ;-)
Old Tree in Golders Green is an informal Taiwanese restaurant attached to a bakery serving authentic dishes.
Recommended dishes include:
Taiwanese sausages £6.50
Deep fried pepper & salt pork chops with stewed egg and rice £7.50
Belly pork with stewed egg and rice
For the more adventurous diners there are some exotic sounding choices on the menu eg. Stewed pigs trotters, stewed ducks tongue, pigs ears & pigs intestines.
The cafe also serves a selection of bubble tea, on this visit I tried the coconut bubble tea and have also tried taro. I would not recommend the bubble tea, they lack flavour and far inferior to those in specialist bubble tea shops.
Old tree is a good option for a quick informal good value authentic Taiwanese meal if you happen to be in the area or stopping by to get cakes and buns from the bakery.
Old Tree Bakery (Golders Green branch) is one of my favourite place to go for dinner. Every time I take friends here, I will always recommend the Taiwanese sausages. It has never disappoint so far!
There are many dishes on the menu that are good to order but I have my favourite which is the Taiwanese Lo-Bak (Minced Pork) with stewed egg and rice. Golders Green branch serve it the best way with the dish separate from the steamed rice. It gives me that home feeling.
As well a variety of food there are a selection of drinks, including bubble tea. But when I am Old Tree Bakery I recommend their cream caramel tea. It is the only place I know in London that serves milk with a whole cream caramel tea. It is a great alternative to having the bubbles and also for those who do not like bubbles. It is a drink with a dessert all in one!
Whether it is lunch or dinner, you can round off your meal with the beautiful cakes or the different flavoured cream puff - including green tea cream puff.
Yummy yummy...Old Tree made me feel very happy in my tummy!
I'd actually been here before, but had only tried their pastries. Yesterday, I finally managed to came back to try out their dinner menu. And before I continue, let me add that in order to lend my review some credibility, I brought along two very picky Taiwanese men...
Here's my/our verdict: It's very good and we're definitely fans of Old Tree! In fact, I was very pleased with most of the dishes that we ate. I especially liked the salt'n'pepper chicken, which was nice and crunchy from the outside, but pleasantly moist and chewy from the inside. Another favourite of mine was the pork belly in a nice sweet-soya-y sauce. In fact, the sauce was so yummy that I just kept on eating it simply over the rice.
We also ate: the three-cup chicken (I was told that it's called three cup-chicken as the sauce is made up of three different liquids of equal parts); steamed Taiwanese Meatball, Taiwanese sausage and a serving of Morning Glory (a typical Chinese vegetable stir-fried up in lots of garlic). On the side we received complimentary servings of pickled vegetables and a clear broth with vegetables (for a visualisation, please have a look at the pictures I uploaded).
The best, though, was yet to come: Chinese Year Cake! As yesterday was Chinese New Year, we received a complimentary portion of this traditional New-Years dessert. I can't really explain what it is, but it's some kind of gooey paste that is fried up in a egg-batter...so good!
Final verdict: There is good Taiwanese food in London after all...well, maybe not in Central London, but Golders Green is worth a trip in any case!
A recommendation......and a welcome one! With a taiwanese wife it is sometimes tough to please her in the food department! However, this was all it was cracked up to be.
True taiwanese food. ...A great selection and helpful conscientious staff.
Homemade sausages, Crispy salt and very peppery deep fried chicken, sweet basil and chilli chicken, complimentary soup, pickled cabbage and offal galore!
Really very good indeed.
A place that will grow in popularity just because it is GOOD!
Old Tree is part noodle restaurant, part cafe, and part chinese bakery. (Be aware, the baked goods are not self-serve.)
I've been heading into chinatown for my cheap pastries, so seeing this place in my new neighborhood was exciting--there are a few things that make Old Tree really different from your standard chinese bakery, though.
1. As far as I could tell, there's no pork on the premises. Though pork buns are a staple of chinese bakery fare--they seem to have replaced it with duck. That's fine by me, really, and seems to be a good adaptation to being in a very Jewish area.
2. The goods are not quite standard in general. There are mooncakes and coconut buns, but most of what they had I'd never seen before--duck and pickle buns, "mexican" custard buns, chocolate cream buns.
3. The prices are about twice what I'd expect to pay in chinatown. But for this level of convenience, I'll be back.
Overall, a good choice if this is closer to you than chinatown is or if you're looking for something in the style of a chinese bakery but just a little bit different.
I love this place, whether it's to catch up with friends over a glass of fresh juice or bubble tea, or dinner with family.
The portion is good price and the food is delicious. Staff a bit annoying but overall I love going to Old Tree as all the buns & cakes are baked freshly.
I think everyone should give it a go!
I am a royal customer to this shop, visiting there so often (once a week). Quick service, a variety of foods, clean place... I love this place so much! It's a bit pricy but worth it. My favourite is teriyaki bento box. They also have good noodle menu.
It was just soooo good! portion is great, and it's DELICIOUS!
One of my favourite places to get bubble tea and a quick bite to eat. Very nice Taiwanese food. Staff are friendly and the pricing is reasonable.
Best Taiwanese food we have found so far in London. My wife is from Taiwan and loves this place. The beef noodle soup is awesome. Great selection of deserts too. They are open early and late everyday, like a typical Taiwanese hang out. The people here are super friendly. Can't wait to go back to try more things!
We drive across London just to go here, not often but a few times. Worth the trip as it is very hard to find Taiwanese food in London at reasonable prices. Indeed it's hard to find Taiwanese food in London. Can only agree with the other reviews that this place is great to go to.
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bit.ly/cQnne7 Open daily from 8.30am to 10.30pm everyday, this corner shop is bright airy with lots of window space for people to peer inside. We popped in for Sunday brunch and saw a continuous stream of people coming in to peer at the impressive array of pastries to be found. We had two set meals which had a large bowl of rice, a soup, some pickled vegetable and the chosen meat. In Taiwan, it was always Japanese sushi-rice used and I think they also used it here but it was slightly undercooked. Taiwanese Stew Belly Pork with Stew Egg in Soy Sauce. One of our favourite dishes from Taiwan, we ate nearly a bowl of this a day. The diced pork belly here has the perfect mix of fat and meat, is fairly tasty and well seasoned but it's missing the dark soya sauce here and is a little on the watery side. A thicker denser gravy would have been more desirable. The sweet pickles actually went great with the pork here. Taiwanese Stir Fried Chicken in Mint, Chilli, Garlic & Black Sesame Oil with Rice (a.k.a. 3 cups chicken). Another typical Taiwanese dish but something we didn't get to try on our trip. Cooked with a cup of soya sauce, sesame oil and rice wine each with ginger, garlic and basil for flavourings, this is a simple dish but done well here especially with using deboned chicken legs. The menu mentioned 'mint' but I think it's meant to be basil. Taiwanese Deep Fried Chicken in Salt & Pepper. A popular street food, it is essentially deep fried breaded chicken with liberal dashings of salt and pepper on it. Not too bad here, it felt quite light and not greasy at all but it did make us very thirsty later. For drinks the PigPig had a custard milk tea which is a bit like having a dessert and drink in one a standard milky tea with a creme caramel pudding dropped into it. Surprisingly nice. I had a cold longan tea, it was slightly oversweetened, nonetheless refreshing. Normally, that would be the end of the food review. But we decided to continue on by taking away some stuff to have for dinner too. We shared some Stir Fried Sate Beef in Gravy with Rice (a.k.a. shacha beef) tenderised beef slices in a shacha based gravy which was excellent eaten with rice. Remember the pastries mentioned earlier? Well the PigPig spent the 10 minutes waiting for the shacha beef hovering around the pastry section trying to decide which to get amongst the multitude of savoury and sweet goodies. In the end, I had to go and pick some out myself. So we had a red bean, a peanut butter and a custard filled Mexican bun, all of which were pretty good and they were quite generous with the fillings although the custard was weirdly dry. All the above cost £35 for two of us which actually fed us for the whole day. Ok so the food was pretty tasty in a completely straightforward no-nonsense approach. We had better examples of lu rou fan in Taiwan but to be fair, everything tastes better while on holiday anyway. Best bit: the pastries.
Worst bit: undercooked rice is pretty sad.
Great service, Great ingredients, Great dishes, Awesome teas and air soft sponge cakes and pastries. Service is always friendly and helpful. A real gem, full of people who seem to know the good stuff. Try things out the norm each time. Definitely salt pepper chicken, Kung Po and the morning glory
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