A stone's throw away from Soho's Chinatown, Yming is a gem. Tucked away in Greek Street, Yming might be intimate, but it will easily accommodate both a quiet lunch with a client, and a dinner with a team of ten. It is also a haven for vegetarians, where one cannot tell the difference between Peking and Mock Duck Pancakes.
Yming serves northern Chinese cuisine, with the menu changing seasonally and new dishes on the specials board appearing regularly. If you find yourself undecided, the staff are more than helpful to advise according to your preferences.
The restaurant's above-par wine list includes a carefully chosen house selection that complements Chinese dishes exceedingly well. And then there's the glorious food. Having sampled almost the entire menu, I can say that Yming's homemade dumplings are just like little pieces of heaven. Have them your way - with meat, or vegetarian, steamed or fried.
The choice of main courses is enormous, but Szechuan Shredded Beef in chilli sauce won't leave you disappointed. Crispy and hot, it melts in the mouth. Finish off with a chilled glass of Orange Muscat and Bob's your uncle.
No wonder this is the place where food critics dine on their days off.
Where: 35-36 Greek Street, W1D 5DL
Contact: 020 77342721
How much: £25 per head for lunch