Shanghai Village, TW1 3LD
- 20-24 York Street
The decor is quite good, calm and peaceful. Alternating pale and dark wood floorboards cover the floor, tables are carved wood frames with glass tops photo, chairs are polished wood with yellow gold cushions, and lanterns hang from the ceiling. There's seating for at least 30 on the ground floor, and another dining room upstairs.
Kake visited on a Thursday late lunchtime in May 2011. There were a handful of other customers in. Music was playing quietly, slightly cheesy Chinese soft rock.
Quality was generally fine, though it was a little disappointing to be served a vegetable spring roll instead of the crispy duck roll listed on the menu. Har gau (steamed prawn dumpling) was OK, though a little underseasoned. Grilled fish cake was a nice size, quite prawny, and with a good texture. The pastry on the BBQ pork pastry was very rich, and almost cheesy in flavour (in a good way). Sticky rice in lotus leaf was perhaps not quite as glutinous in texture as it should have been, but the filling was good, including Chinese mushrooms and bits of Chinese sausage (臘腸/là cháng). Egg tart had good pastry but was a little lacking in custard.
Unlike many dim sum places, they explicitly list at least some of their tea options on the menu. Tieguanyin (£2.50) came in a nice glass teapot with a small matching cup and saucer; it was fine, and there was no problem topping it up with hot water later.
Kake's verdict: I love that they do a dim sum set menu; it's usually impossible to have a decent dim sum lunch on your own. And unlike the dim sum set I had at Pearl Liang, this one is a varied mix of steamed, fried, and grilled items. I wouldn't come to Twickenham on purpose to eat here, but I'd certainly come back if I was in the area.
Accessibility: No step to get in. Toilets are up a flight of stairs with bends in but a handrail all the way up. There's also an accessible toilet on the ground floor, but I didn't check it.
- Kake's photos of the dim sum menu as of May 2011: page 1, page 2
- Kake's photos of the all-you-can-eat menu as of May 2011: page 1, page 2