Hong Kong City

43 New Cross Road, New Cross, London, SE14 5DS
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Review Summary from 9 reviews

Address
43 New Cross Road, New Cross, London, SE14 5DS

Telephone
020 7252 9888

Cuisine
Chinese

Region
New Cross

Nearest Station
Queen's Road (Peckham) (0.28 miles)

All In London Review

Great value authentic Cantonese cuisine

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Of all the places you would expect to find an authentic Chinese restaurant in London, the lonely stretch of New Cross Road where Hong Kong City stands isn’t one of them. But the incongruous site of a large Chinese restaurant standing alone on a dull semi-suburban street only serves to inspire more curiosity for what lies behind the green pagoda of an entrance.

Hong Kong City is the name and once you enter the restaurant you can see why – it’s big. Traverse the bridge that crosses over a miniature stream (throw some coins in and make a wish, why don’t you), head down the steps and witness the massive space that keeps itself busy as a restaurant, karaoke stage and wedding venue. Large round tables cover the red carpet, iconic HK images hang on the walls and the odd mounted television flashes images of happily betrothed Cantonese couples; you couldn’t find a more classic dim sum joint if you were in a Kowloon shopping mall (yes, we have it on good authority that all the good HK dim sum restaurants are in shopping malls).

Arriving for Sunday lunchtime dim sum we are shown to one of the huge round tables where we order a selection of steamed goodness. When over 30 minutes later we still haven’t seen a single basket arrive we ask about our order, ‘Steamed dishes take longer’ our waitress replies. Steamed dishes take longer? Isn’t that just dim sum? No matter, when the food does arrive it is worth the wait. Siu mai, grilled dumplings, bao, grilled steam pork mince buns and cheung fun are all excellent. There is a noticeable lack of the grease you often get with dim sum staples so maybe all that fresh preparation in the steamer did some good? We drink jasmine tea with our meal and leave full, paying a bill of £20 that includes service. Hong Kong City may be stuck down in New Cross but the fact its huge space is close to packed on our visit tells you all you need to know about the quality. Great value, great food and a sweet slice of HK in London.

Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on Nov 6, 2014


Great value authentic Cantonese cuisine

Review Image
Of all the places you would expect to find an authentic Chinese restaurant in London, the lonely stretch of New Cross Road where Hong Kong City stands isn’t one of them. But the incongruous site of a large Chinese restaurant standing alone on a dull semi-suburban street only serves to inspire more curiosity for what lies behind the green pagoda of an entrance.

Hong Kong City is the name and once you enter the restaurant you can see why – it’s big. Traverse the bridge that crosses over a miniature stream (throw some coins in and make a wish, why don’t you), head down the steps and witness the massive space that keeps itself busy as a restaurant, karaoke stage and wedding venue. Large round tables cover the red carpet, iconic HK images hang on the walls and the odd mounted television flashes images of happily betrothed Cantonese couples; you couldn’t find a more classic dim sum joint if you were in a Kowloon shopping mall (yes, we have it on good authority that all the good HK dim sum restaurants are in shopping malls).

Arriving for Sunday lunchtime dim sum we are shown to one of the huge round tables where we order a selection of steamed goodness. When over 30 minutes later we still haven’t seen a single basket arrive we ask about our order, ‘Steamed dishes take longer’ our waitress replies. Steamed dishes take longer? Isn’t that just dim sum? No matter, when the food does arrive it is worth the wait. Siu mai, grilled dumplings, bao, grilled steam pork mince buns and cheung fun are all excellent. There is a noticeable lack of the grease you often get with dim sum staples so maybe all that fresh preparation in the steamer did some good? We drink jasmine tea with our meal and leave full, paying a bill of £20 that includes service. Hong Kong City may be stuck down in New Cross but the fact its huge space is close to packed on our visit tells you all you need to know about the quality. Great value, great food and a sweet slice of HK in London.

Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on Nov 6, 2014


User Reviews

Reviewed by J Rowland from London
I am a vegetarian, I ordered from the vegetarian menu, braised bean curd and noodles. Simple right? No, the took ages to bring the food, first they brought me the noodles, then after a twenty minute wait they brought the bean curd, with prawn meat! I asked what it was the waiter said its all vegetarian. I didn't believe him so I asked another waiter what the pinks stuff was he said its prawn meat. So it wasn't vegetarian. So i explained that i ordered vegetarian, showed them which dis I had ordered, instead of apologizing and getting the right dish, i had the manager, the head waiter and challenging me, and getting quite nasty, accusing me of not telling them that I was vegetarian, when i quite plainly had. Then the manager started to challenge the definition of vegetarian. The whole situation was disgraceful. a major London restaurant should know that vegetarians don't eat meat. Clearly a place to avoid if you are vegetarian and want to avoid an argument.

Dec 12, 2016

Reviewed by destiny25 from SE22 8SA
Food thoroughly delicious! I visited this restaurant with a party of 15. We opted for the 'Eat as much as you like' menu as opposed to the set menu-however; this was slightly different, in that everything is placed on the table in abundance (not topped up if needed) and what is not eaten will be charged for at Managers discretion, Whilst the food was delicious this type of buffet style is very restrictive and we waited for long periods for our food. There is space to set a real hot buffet self serving station which will be more beneficial to both venue and customer.

Feb 10, 2014

Reviewed by Anonymous
Dim sum served there one of the best i've tried in London and at a very reasonable price. The service is pretty fast and the staff are generally accommodating where possible within reason. The main menu dishes are of pretty good quality and what you can expect of a good chinese restaurant.

Its also nice that they divded up the buffet people from the people eating the main menu and dim sum dishes to distinguish it from the take away atmosphere.

The only bad points i can think of is that location maybe abit out of the way and on the odd occassion you can get a rude customer distubing the relaxing atmosphere.

Overall it is a very nice place to go for good service, good food, good atmosphere at a reasonable price.

Dec 29, 2009

Reviewed by Beth Simone
Had a great meal here. Fast efficient staff, who are always helpful in choosing the right dish. Try their lobster.

Dec 28, 2009

Reviewed by Anonymous
What could I say??? Enjoyable! That's it. Enough said. Well worth my money. The only thing I wish is that the man on the phone could be more friendly and make people feel they are welcome there. 8 out of 10

Oct 21, 2009

Reviewed by Anonymous
Amazing dim sum at reasonable prices! This restaurant beats any 'china town' restaurant hands down!
Parkning space available, helpful staff, fast service and you don't feel like you've been rushed out like the restaurants up town.
I go here every week for Dim sum!

Sep 15, 2009

Reviewed by Anonymous
Excellent for the dim sum!!! I have been to many chinese restaurants which serves dim sum, but this restaurant is one of the best. The food is fresh and is so tasty.
Today is my first visit and I enjoyed it very much. I will visit there often!

Apr 25, 2009

Reviewed by Anonymous
We are regular visitors to the place and have always found it to better than average. Food drink etc blah blah blah.

Anyway - get down there on Friday at 8pm. They now have a Chinese Elvis who is brilliant. If you sing it they will come. Just don't step on Chan's blue suede shoes.

Jun 27, 2008

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