Whenever you are given suggested “things to do in London” one is always to visit Chinatown! With so many restaurants in Chinatown you are ridiculously spoilt for choice! So, where do you start?
Well on a beautifully sunny Thursday, we visited Er Mei, located on Lisle Street, which is a Sichuan cuisine restaurant. The food we were about to try was slightly different to what we were usually used to with a standard Chinese meal.
We walked into the restaurant and immediately felt the relaxed, laid back atmosphere watching the beautiful water feature at the front of the restaurant with some pretty fish swimming around in the pond/ We were greeted by a very friendly and helpful waiter who was great throughout the whole meal.
An Awesome Menu!
There was a great choice on the menu, from lots of beef dishes, chicken dishes, seafood and vegetarian to choose from. We decided to go all out and try several different dishes and went for the Kong Pao Chicken, Fried Noodles with Mixed Vegetables, Stir Fried Beef with Chilies and Crushed Peanuts, Sea-Spiced Three Vegetables (aubergine, red pepper and potatoes), Stir Fried Pak Choi and Egg Fried Rice. Although this menu is a little on the pricey side (dishes around £12-18), the portions are very generous and with so much flavour going on, you just will not be disappointed.
The Sea-Spiced Veg was one of our highlights and I definitely recommend this dish if you are a veggie. Packed full of flavour, the potatoes, pepper and aubergine were cooked perfectly within a thick tasty sea-spiced paste. For meat lovers, the Kong Pao Chicken was delicious with small pieces of succulent chicken in a perfect salty, sweet, sour and spicy sauce!
The stir fried beef was incredible -extremely crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside amongst chilies and crushed peanuts. This dish had a great kick to it so perfect for anyone who likes their food on the spicier side. For anyone who has a love of noodles, you must get the Fried Noodles with Mixed Veg: Thick tasty noodles with succulent veg – I actually found myself continuing to eat this even once I was full!
The food was so good we even bagged the leftovers up to take back to the office.
A Definite Place to Visit in Chinatown
Overall this is a cute and quaint little restaurant in the heart of Chinatown, with a great variety of amazing food. They are also having a refurb in May so I recommend giving them a visit once they have had their makeover.
East London Girl: Er Mei