loti eats | lu lu shanghai delicacy & sake bar

Lu Lu Shanghai Delicacy & Sake Bar or “Saki” as the sign outside says opened last year on Stoke Newington Church Street, a place that sees many a restaurant come and ago. We’d checked out the menu a couple of times as we walked past and been bemused by the crazy newspaper layout and headlines, searched online for any presence and of course looked at Instagram but having found nothing much we added it to the list, albeit the middle of the list.

However, after reading that the restaurant chefs were from Shanghai, the Chinese restaurant in Dalston that closed last year we decided to move it up the list. Chinese is the name of the game and there’s a decent dim sum section, even though 75% of them are pork. We ate Xiao long bao soup dumplings, pork and vegetable dumplings in a garlic spicy sauce and fried vegetable dumplings. The dumplings are all made fresh and by no means are they perfect – the casings are pretty thick but they are tasty and there’s no added MSG. They’re not badly priced either at just under £4 for 3.

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We also had the lip numbing cucumber salad and a hearty braised belly pork with rice. Service could be improved a bit, but all in all Lu Lu is a good place to get your Chinese fix in Stokey.

24 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LU