When Shikumen opened back in 2015 it was to rapturous applause and admiration for the quality of their food.
Winning our hearts again this summer their new range of colourful hand-made Xiao Long Bao are set to impress, they are little soup filled bundles of joy!
If you've not caught onto one of the best Chinese spots in London, here's the low-down on this Shepherds Bush legend. The Xaio Long Bao (XLB) are available lunchtimes till 4:30pm.
Shikumen is an affordable Chinese fine-dining restaurant with a large flagship located in the Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green now in it's second year of trading with a second smaller location in Ealing's Hotel Xanadu.
Since opening Shikumen has received encouraging reviews online such as "(I) have been here three times now, what an amazing restaurant!…The duck is to die for, honestly the best Chinese in London", "This is proper food, beautifully cooked, elegantly presented" and "If there is a better Chinese restaurant in this part of west London, I have yet to find it”.
Shikumen has also received positive praise from The Evening Standard (Fay Maschler), The Times (Giles Coren), The Financial Times (Nicolas Lander), The Mail on Sunday (Tom Parker-Bowles), Timeout (5 stars) and they have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for outstanding food at a reasonable price.
Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s whose stone gate houses were the gateway to the East. Ingredients are carefully sourced to bring diners produce of the highest quality served for exceptional value for money and you will see this reflected in the pricing of signature dishes such as Peking Duck carved at the table and served in two servings (whole £48.50 half £26.50) and the homemade dim sum such as Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (£5.20), Fried Dough Stick Cheung Fun (£4.50) and Cream Custard Bun (£3.80).
Also noteworthy at Shikumen, their Sanpei Chicken Pot sizzles with fun, it's one of my favourites and a regular choice when I visit.
Yellow (coloured with carrot); Chicken and Cheese filling (£6.20)
Green (coloured with spinach); Crab filling (£7.80)
Pink (coloured with beetroot); Szechuan Spicy Pork filling (£6.20)
Black (coloured with bamboo charcoal); Lobster and Truffle (£8.80)
Diners can order a 5-piece selection of each colour (including the original Xiao Long Bao with Minced Pork) and this is priced at £12.80.
Note: The Xaio Long Bao (XLB) are available lunchtimes till 4:30pm.