Last week we were invited to Ping Pong Dim Sum in Covent Garden, the latest branch to open in their chain of restaurants around London.
As we arrive on a busy Thursday night, I immediately notice how stylish the restaurant is as we’re greeted by two hostesses. The restaurant features an incredible new design with a lively bar, which transcends into a welcoming, chic restaurant. We’re seated at a table for two, but a little too close for comfort to our neighbours. On a busy night, noise levels do rise which makes conversation with your counterpart more challenging than usual.
The food at Ping Pong is made for sharing, as dumplings arrive in batches of three and most of it is bite sized. Our waitress recommended that we order 4 dishes or more each (including the starter) to make a full meal and at an average of £3-4 per dish, it doesn’t make for too much of an expensive night. With a wide selection of traditional and seasonal dim sum, rice and griddled dishes, we were certainly spoilt for choice. Service was very efficient so if you have plans after and aren’t planning to stay too long, you could be in and out quite quickly; leaving with with a full stomach. We however had plenty of time and there was no pressure to vacate our table.
For the starter, we had Black sesame seed prawn crackers which were complimented by a delicious spicy mango sauce. Crispy chilly squid coated with chilli and sichuan salt and crispy duck spring rolls. All three starters were amazing but the crispy duck spring rolls with hoi sin sauce in particular stood out for me.
Ping Pong also serve refreshing and delicious cocktails. Our fully loaded drinks were perfect to quench our thirst after so much food. We started off with a ‘Mojito’ and a cocktail of the name ‘Lychee and Roses’ which both went down a treat. I’d have to recommend the Chinese Zombie which is a ‘strong recipe of happiness’. It included Bacardi Carta Oro rum, Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Apricot Brandy, Appleton vx rum, Wray & Nephew rum, limes, angostura bitters, homemade hibiscus syrup, pineapple and passion fruit. A mixture that is certainly not for the weak hearted.
For the main course, we were treated to a selection of appetising dumplings that left me thinking that I’ve never had dim sum like this before. Yet again, they were all exceptional dishes in their own right but for me the Char sui bun dumplings stood out as I’ve never had anything like it before. Inside its fluffy coating was honey barbecued pork which was absolutely scrumptious.
By the end of the night we were absolutely stuffed. As we sat back and admired the empty containers and the damage we’d done in such a short space of time, our friendly and attentive hostess for the night asked if we would like dessert. Most definitely not, we were way too full up. Another Chinese Zombie, was the more feasible option to wash it all down.
To find out more information or make reservations, visit –
Telephone – 020 7952 2450 (Covent Garden)
Address – 23-24 Maiden Lane, Wc2e 7na