beef brisket ho fun from Wong Kei

beef brisket ho fun from Wong Kei

First impressions of Wong Kei aren't great - it fits the stereotype mould of a Chinatown restaurant like a glove, complete with tired decor and a Cantonese menu of biblical length.

But people who know good food frequent it, and if you know what to order, you'll be treated with solid, honest cooking at great prices, so it's best to go in with a recommendation in mind.

Mine was the beef brisket ho fun noodle soup. Big, comforting, tasty, and with generous hunks of flaking beef (a fair bit of fat too). Yours for just £5. You can't really argue with that.

If you recognise the name of this place, it may well be because they've had quite a few column inches of coverage concerning their notoriously rude service. They were perfectly pleasant to me. Got called darling and everything.

A good central spot for a brisk, cheap, and hearty meal. There were mostly solo diners on their lunch break during my visit, and if it gets busy and you're on your own, expect to share a table.

Words and photography | Leyla Kazim


41-43 Wardour Street W1D 6PY

Opening hours
Mon - Sat | 11.30am - 11.30pm
Sun | 11.30am - 10.30pm

Tel | +44 (0) 20 7437 8408

Last updated | 8th Jan 2016