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The Dragon Castle is a Chinese restaurant on Walworth Road near Elephant and Castle Station. The huge traditional studded door sets it apart from the rest of the buildings in the area; walking in through a slightly less imposing glass door set next to it, we were immediately whisked to a table.

The menu has an impressive range, from the usual Chinese restaurant staples right up to chilli frog's legs and shark's fin soup. Pork dumplings were very well done and tasted extremely fresh. The scallop sashimi starter included an ingenious little leaf of coriander which exactly complemented the taste of the scallop.

The sea-spiced aubergine main course was tasty (somewhat on the greasy side according to doop, but just fine and only to be expected for this dish according to Kake); the home-made-style tofu was very good and served with perfectly stir-fried vegetables. The poached eel, however, was composed of little mouthfuls of erotic bliss: it's really hard to exaggerate just how amazingly good it was.

The service was friendly, and very attentive indeed, without getting in one's way. The main seating area had quite small tables, but a large party was sitting in a slightly raised section at one end of the room, and it looked like there were other rooms upstairs.

Dim Sum served until 5pm. Pictures of Dim Sum

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We had great trouble getting here; we spent quite a lot of time wandering around lost in the subways underneath Elephant and Castle roundabout. Be prepared. If you're coming on the tube, it's best to leave using the Northern Line exit, orientate yourself using the maps on the bus stops, and then stay above ground near the roads until you need to enter the underpass under the "southern roundabout".
Last visited by bob, Nick and others on Monday 15 Nov 2007. Opening hours taken from a business card on a previous visit.
OS X co-ord: 532132 OS Y co-ord: 178607 (Latitude: 51.490977 Longitude: -0.098175)
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