If you like dim sum and duck, you’re gonna love Dim Sum & Duck. Located in King’s Cross, the simple, small Chinese restaurant serves some of the best dumplings in London – it’s just off the main drag so look out for the queue, which you’ll spot well before the bright blue restaurant. If you visit on a busy day (most are) it’s a little manic, there are no reservations and you’ll likely lose your spot to a regular or just the scatty system. Be patient though, never has the phrase “good things come to those who wait” been more true…

Once seated you can take your pick of fresh translucent dumplings, including the Shanghai pork soup dumplings, which just might be our favourite Xao Long Bao in London. They really are that good. Other highlights include the crispy sesame prawn roll, a spin on sesame prawn toast; prawn & chive dumplings; fried duck bao; char siu honey roast pork; and the BBQ roast duck. Then there’s the char siu bao steamed pork bun, custard bun, crunchy tofu skin roll, cheung fun…we could go on and on and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the other Cantonese noodles, soups and rice dishes. All the dim sum is handmade in-house by a chef with 30 years experience, as are the roasted meats.

It’s BYOB, service is fast and, like the queuing process, it also a little manic at times with orders and wrong dishes flying out, but it’s all part of the charm. Absolute gem this one – we just wished we lived in the delivery radius. 

124 King’s Cross Rd, London WC1X 9DS