We ate early and had quick service at the beginning of the meal. The menu had a lot of variety and vegetarian options. It is also good for dim sum beginners, as it has some fixed samplers and tips for how many of each type of dish you should order. A couple of our favorites were the pork rolls and veggie buns.
Unfortunately we decided to order dessert after we finished the rest of our meal rather than the beginning. But the restaurant had gotten very crowded and we ended up waiting over 20 minutes for our dessert. By that point, the group nearby who sat down after us had already finished and paid for their meal.
I would go back because I'd like to try other items on the menu, but would definitely arrive early and order everything at the beginning, as they don't take reservations and it gets rather crowded.
Even though we live right near Chinatown, we were feeling lazy so we went to Ping Pong for dim sum. This place is seriously overpriced and serves MEDIOCRE dim sum. They also serve everything in threes - which is annoying. I'm also betting that the vast majority of the shumai and dumplings were bought in the freezer section of the closest Chinese grocer. In lieu of going here, I'd just go buy it there yourself for 1/4 of the price - at least you'd eat them while they were hot. The vast majority of our meal at Ping Pong came cold.
I should also mention that the drinks are also insanely expensive for a chain restaurant. The woman who seats you at this branch is also incredibly creepy. The only thing really going for this place is trendy decor. Save your money and go down the road to Chinatown.
Ping pong is a name coined by Parker Bros for table tennis, 1900, and here we find it associated with a chinese inspired dim sum restaurant. That must have been either one quick creative meeting or some very poor thought along the lines.....' I know, the chinese and ping pong'. That said the food is ok, service is ok but the decor is lacking and looks so tatty now, that it makes this aesthete feel quite queasy. Like a previous reviewer said, this is just being lazy when soho is just down the road.
However really delicious drinks for those of us who don't drink alcohol.
I'm usually leery of asian restaurants in general, I usually find everything too sweet and covered in sauce to appreciate the quality of the base ingredients (possibly because so many feel americanized). So my reaction to PingPong, a big glassy western-looking franchise did not inspire me with confidence. I'd much rather get suggested a little hole in the wall by a local, which has happened with a few delightful places around Soho and Chinatown. Anyway, turned away from crowded Yalla Yalla around the corner, we wound up here.
You know what? Inoffensive is what I'd say. I'm not a huge connoisseur of Dim Sum, and quite frankly they look disconcertingly like little blobs of mucus, but they have a pleasing texture and the innards were tasty enough. We each got the lunch tasting special, for 10 quid we had quite the array of bits-- 5 largish dim sums, a couple of spring rolls, a potato fritter and a pie-like roll. It was all pretty good, and a fair amount for the price. Service was prompt, proffesional, and courteous.
Still not my thing, but why not, if you can't get a local to point you to something family owned.
I took my girlfriend here for an afternoon tea as something new and different from a more common afternoon coffee pick-me-up and it was a right hit!
We ordered 2 teas from the flowering tea section and watched our glasses patiently as the hot water released the flowers from their carefully crafted bulbs.
Their flavours were soft and subtle and I imagine that they'd be great with some of their tasty looking dim sum.
I've had dim sum from here before and remember it being amazing, however it's been a while since I went so I can't remember it well enough to review now.
I don't understand why anybody would come to this restaurant when China Town is right on its doorstep. Even if the food is exactly the same (i think a lot of Soho restaurants, and probably Ping Pong just steam pre-packaged dim sum) you don't get the same atmosphere. I love getting trolley service- it is so much more fun and so much cheaper.
The food is consistently good (or average) and so there are usually long queues, especially straight after work. On Sundays, they do a dimsum brunch where you can eat as much dim sum as you want for a set price (I think £17)
As an out-of-towner, I was delighted to stumble upon this location between the lunch and dinner rush periods one recent Sunday. Yummy food, trendy drinks and decor. The service was reasonably friendly, but there was only one cook/bartender and one waitress, and they seemed to be uncoordinated, even with only a handful of tables seated. The price was reasonable considering that everything tasted good and the fashionable look.
As a regular Ping Pong customer who knows their menu inside and out, I decided to step out from my comfort zone and try out a new venue. Well with a chain it is sometimes a relief to know that the menu will stay the same.
Actually this one on Goodge street corner is pretty good. The same concept, same decoration but much smaller venue. But the positive this was that is was much more relaxed. It lacked that "clubby vibe" the venues in central usually have, with that one and same beat repeating on the background.
Only funny thing I noticed was the fact that they don't take table reservations unless there is 8 minimum persons in the group..
The source of the photo:http://www.pingpongdimsum.com
Have to say that i have had many ups and down In here but since its the closest to my place and i do like the place in general i keep coming back.. you kind of never to sure what you will get.. and if the people on the kitchen counter is having a good or a bad day.. I love the ribs, spring rolls and anything with crab so i normally go for that and add different stuff. But lately the crab have been dull and overly salt and the ribs not tasty at all, i am not a person that can keep quiet so when the waitor or waitress would be coming to look how we are doing i have said. They have taken it back moste of the time and i have got a new dish or same but some time they go snotty and say that its how its suppose to taste but hey.. I dont think that the coustumer is always right but if you have had the same thing many times you do kind of know what its suppose to tast and if it dont have much taste at all or tasting veeeery salty or sweet one day i think they should maybe taste themselfs, i have a sneeky feeling that places like these do not taste much of the food they send out and thats a shame.. But today i loved moste of my food so im very undecisive about this place..
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