tow roast meats on rice at Oriental Canteen, South Kensington

tow roast meats on rice at Oriental Canteen, South Kensington

Nestled round the corner from South Kensington tube station, this small and unassuming Chinese restaurant has long been a staple for students and visitors in the area. Whilst South Kensington itself doesn’t lack restaurants, decent cheap eats are few and far between, but Oriental Canteen hits the spot.
A plate of steamed rice with two roast meats of your choice will set you back just £5.20. I went for roast duck and pork belly, both of which were surprisingly good quality compared to my Chinatown staples. The duck was a little more fatty than others, but tender and juicy, and the pork belly had a crispy skin that was delightfully crunchy and moreish.
The portion size is a little smaller than you may find in Chinatown, but given that it comes in way below our magic £8 mark, it makes a great quick lunch, or even a pre-show meal at the Royal Albert Hall!
In addition, pretty much their whole menu comes in under £8. Another top pick is their 8 Treasure Rice, with some seriously good tofu to satisfy the vegetarians.
Throw in their addictive chilli oil and polite and quick service, and this is a solid find in South Kensington. It will even leave you with enough change to get a custard tart or ice cream from one of the nearby cafes. Note: expect to share a table when it's busy, plus they have some outside seating.

Words and photography | Ed Tan


2A Exhibition Road SW7 2HF

Opening hours
Mon - Sun | 10.30am - 9.30pm

Tel | +44 (0)20 7581 8831

Last updated | 29th May 2017