What a find. Was walking around after a long day and stumbled upon Ping Pong. Excellent from start to finish: chicken and cashew nut dumpling, spicy veg dumpling, mushroom, veg, black bean rice pot, and potato edamame cake.
Not in London often but will return!
Expensive and not as good as those in China Town. If you're desperate for dim sum and can't be bothered to go to China Town then you're like me has to settle for this around here.
To be honest, the frozen dim sum you can get in Chinese supermarkets are better than at Ping Pong and they're much cheaper.
Everyone giggled when I said, "Dim Sum at Ping Pong", but I don't think they were giggling after having lunch here! First of all, what a great location! I made a booking online for 8 of us. I printed out the confirmation and was a bit worried that the booking wouldn't actually make it to the restaurant, as I have experienced before, however when we arrived, the table was ready!
I already knew what I wanted, but for some of our rookies to dim sum, it was a bit confusing for them. However, I will say the explanation at the front of the menu as well as the set menus were great for the beginners. I had some kind of special iced tea (I tried looking on the menu, but it wasn't on there), and it was delicious! A couple of my colleagues tried the various lemonades and enjoyed those!
I ordered the crispy duck spring roll (wonderful), the spinach and mushroom dumplings (ok, probably would've been better steamed), char sui bun (my favourite!), scallop and shitake dumpling (shitake kind of overpowered the scallop). Then the rice, coconut dessert (again not on the menu anymore)... it was ok, but I didn't expect the rice to be hard. The people that ordered the set meals really enjoyed their selection, specifically the seafood ones. The service was ok, only problem we had was that one dish was forgotten and not brought out.
It was good to be with a group because you can try each other's food, but because there were 8 of us, it was really confusing at the table trying to figure out which dish belonged to who... especially when you have a couple of people who don't like to share. Overall, I enjoyed it and I am sure I'll be back!
For my first time in London I went to St Katharine's Docks, just to visit on the evening. I needed to eat (obviously) so I chose Ping Pong since I had never tried Dim Sum before.
I think the concept of eating 4 or 5 small meals is a great idea. Sometimes you just cannot decide whether you would like a soup or something more "meaty". Dim Sum allows you to pick up a lot of different flavors and textures.
In the end I would say the price is alright for the quality and the quantity. I had 4 meals, a big bottle of Tiger beer and it cost me £25. Which is far from overpriced, if you consider the fact that I felt perfectly satiated. It's just that I was not that impressed by the flavors. It was OK but not breathtaking. I always expect a restaurant to give me very high quality products with very strong flavors and character so my rating might sound a little bit severe. I would recommend this place if you need to be sure there's great chance you and your family/friends are gonna like it for sure (no big suprises, food is correct) but I can't say it blew my mind.
Tasty little parcels of dim sum heaven!
For a chain restaurant, I think that a lot of the dishes taste quite authentic. Clay pots, steamed dumplings and spring rolls are just a few of the tasty dishes on this vast menu. There a few vegetarian dishes but not a lot which is why I have not given this a better rating. There are a choice of 3 set menus that have a variety of food which is well worth money.
Why not compliment the dishes with a jug of hot sake. There is nothing like an alcoholic drink made from vegetables. ha ha.
I think that the self order slip makes the whole experience a lot of better as you can't really complain to the waiter for messing up your order. You can also keep a track of what you have ordered and what left there is to try. The average number of dim sum orders would 3-4 per person. If your feeling greedy or just cant help yourself to try everything, go ahead, as you can take away what you don't finish.
This branch is set on a quiet strip of restaurants right on St. Katherine's Dock with fantastic views of Tower Bridge. The restaurant is a lot smaller than other branches but cosy and intimate - so a great place to dine for an important business meeting.
New items are added to the menu all the time and I always try them. If you do feel like wetting your taste buds with dim sum, Ping Pong is definitely the way to do it!
The four of us got a Super 8, which consisted of 5 different dim sum pieces, chicken on rice bowl, soup and hot tea for each of us. A fabulous meal for only 8 pounds each. The soup was some of the best I have ever had.
If you're a fan of Ping Pong Dim Sum, this is the location you want to come to. Right on St Katherine's Dock, when the sun is shining and it's warm outside, sitting out on their terrace is AMAZING.
The staff is particularly helpful and attentive at this location, and while the inside doesn't exactly WOW like the terrace does, it's still worth a visit.
The food is delicious, the cocktails are amazing, and the view is, well, pretty priceless after a long winter of grey, rain, and freezing temperatures.
This place is busy busy. The first time I came here I saw Shilpa Shetty - which surprised me since while the décor is sleek and minimal, the vibe isn't exactly posh. But then our dim sum parcels came, and I understood why a minor celeb would bother - these little morsels are really good... exactly the sort of thing that appeals to just about anyone on a regular night out.
My best recommendation in coming here is to order a wide variety of things... it's dim sum - so go crazy! The best way to do it is to go with a couple of people and get a ton of things to share - that's the only true way to have the full experience. Each individual item is well-priced, but it can add up quickly!
The egg rolls here aren't really the best... but the dumplings are tasty and I've heard the squid is good... and one of my friends always insists on this rice and teriyaki chicken thing that comes roasted in a banana leaf.
They've got a great list of tasty-sounding cocktails - tons to choose from... (I swear, all the Asian restaurants seem to get that part right!) And they also have lovely non-alcoholic options ... virgin mocktails... and milder things like a beautiful flowering jasmine tea.
I've had airheady service here, but again, who's really paying that much attention? Ping Pong really is all about the food.
This is the place to go to for dim sum lovers. It is easy food that goes along very well with the cocktails they serve or with the tea (flower tea as my friends call it).
It is a very nice venue for a date in a quiet location and the music is good. It gets quite busy at the week end and at lunch time but works very well for a quiet week day dinner.
The food is of good quality and the prices stay affordable if your not too heavy on the cocktails.
The staff is friendly and helpful although veggies should always check their plate in the first place.
Check out the tables outside as well, they are by the water and nice to enjoy the sight and the sunny weather.
This is one of the branchs that Ping Pong has in London. The menus change regularly (they have just released the new Summer menu). The food consist of Dim Sum mainly (small dishes usually steamed of fried).
I have ordered here one of the set menus and it had a good range of food, perhaps not a lot of quantity but it was tasty.
I have to say that I prefer for dim sum the 'Silk and Spice' Yum cha restaurant located in Chalk Farm that I have also reviewed as I found the food much more authentic and with better prices. But if you are near to Tower Bridge and fancy some dim sum Ping Pong is a good option.
This place is great. I have gone with my boyfriend and another friend of mine and we have always been very happy with the service and the food. I actually thought it was a bit pricy, but they have set menus for less than 10 GBP, so it was within any budget really. Best thing: cocktails. Great atmosphere and you can really take anyone to this place, its classy, elegant and they will make you happy.
Out of the question - love the food.
The ambiance is nice and the food decent, but the prices are rather higher than they ought to be.
Yes, the cocktail menu is excellent. And it is a fun place for a meal. The service was OK--nothing too good or too bad. My problem was the food--I just found it to be all a bit bland. And we ended up with so many dumpling-like dishes or rice--the food got a bit redundant after a while.
The food was good, cooked fresh, good portions for small bites. They have special allergey friendly menus that cater to top 8 food allergens. Easy to read and navigate through. Atmosphere is very modern and right on the wharf.
Ping Pong has a eat all you can offer called the Lazy Sumday fo £17.50 per person. It is quite a good deal if you are looking to pig out on a Sunday afternoon. This one in St Katherine's Dock offers alfresco seating, much better to sit outside than inside it can get a bit inside during busy times. It has been a great experience when I last went for Lazy Sumday; seating outside by the water, great views of all the boats / yachts sunny day, great weather. And the food is good. It have got some salads, and vegetable dishes which are not available in usual Chinese restaurant hence a plus point for vege lovers! We spent about £50 including drinks for two overall great value (only during Lazy Sumday though).
Excellent Dim Sum! This place is absolutely the best I've had, including when I travelled in China.
This 'dim sum' place is a fusion of Asian and western tastes. It is not bad considering I am Asian and the mixture of new textures are surprisingly good.
The food was good and it was reasonably priced, an excellent dining option for a group of people.
However, I was most disappointed by the service; with so many waiters around I expected them to be more attentive, we had to ask 3 different people before we managed to get an extra place setting and a chair, as the largest table only seated 8. Also I had to wait a very long time for my drink to be served, despite ordering the food at the same time. When it did arrive I got a glass with a bead of green tea; there was no hot water with it!!! I had to ask especially for some so I could actually have a drink!!!
When attempting to get the bill, I had to ask several different people before one came with the bill and when I wanted to pay, I felt I was ignored and despite asking to pay had to wait a further 10 minutes before someone came over.
Great location, great food, so-so prices. Nice atmosphere and service was friendly and competent - two colleagues and I went for supper and somehow ended up with 4 different servers -- all good. Food selection was wide and their set menus made for the best value. I would definitely return for more.
Although this is probably the best of a bad bunch in St. Katherines docks found the food not very filling, quite expensive and the service was quite slow. On the positive it is a good place to sit overlooking the docks and the dim sum is very good. Probably the best place to eat overlooking the docks with only cafe rouge and strada to compete with. Only worth a visit if your starving in the area and can't walk across tower bridge to a selection of better restaurants.
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