Plum Valley // Soho // London

In the heart of Chinatown, discover traditional Asian and Chinese dishes in a quirky yet stylish modern European setting.  Plum Valley is a fine dining Teo Chew restaurant, serving food from Guangdong in south-eastern China.  Split over several floors, different spaces cater for different occasions – from intimate dinners through to larger meals with family and friends. With no rushing or rude staff, Plum Valley impresses with its swift, meticulous service.  Dishes are both appealing and well presented.

For starters, don’t miss the traditional salt and pepper squid, or the golden soft shell crab; the freshness of the seafood speaks for itself.

To follow, slow-cooked traditional Chinese and Asian dishes such as braised tofu with shiitake mushrooms, succulent aubergines with a black bean sauce and braised pork belly with herbs are tasty and well executed. Complete your order with a Malaysian seafood stir-fry, kuay teow ho fun, with delicate hints of soy sauce, ginger and shallots, which will really wake-up your taste buds. Another good choice is the hand-stretched udon noodles, served with shredded roast duck in an X.O. sauce, brought to life with a few drops of cognac.

If you still have room for something sweet, finish with the lychee yoghurt tart, which is about the best choice on the below-par desert menu.  This is certainly one area where Asian cuisine falls down, as you’ll see if you order the mango pudding.

This fine dining restaurant may be slightly more expensive than average Chinese restaurant, but it is still perfectly affordable.  The quality of Plum Valley dishes will certainly make your meal an authentic, enjoyable Asian experience.  If you looking for even more authenticity, there is a karaoke room on the top floor where you can really knock yourself out.

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