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Chinese restaurant in [[Locale Chinatown|Chinatown]], offering decent dim sum. Like many of the restaurants around here, it's very big &#8212; seats a few hundred when all the floors are open &#8212; but they don't always open all the rooms, so if you're after a dim sum lunch come early (noon) to avoid the queues. What makes this place different from the others is that the dim sum is served from trollies <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/cadigan/408673373/ photo]</small> that come round to your table. There's no menu involved; you're told by the driver of each trolly what's on offer, you choose what you want, and it's dished out in front of you. To our (extensive) knowledge, the New World and [[Chuen Cheng Ku, W1D 6PN|Chuen Cheng Ku]] are the only places in London that do dim sum on trollies.
Decent dim sum <small>([http://flickr.com/photos/enuwy/68779860/ photo])</small>, with the trollies <small>([http://flickr.com/photos/cadigan/408673373/ photo])</small> and everything. Come early (noon) to avoid the queues.
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The advantage of the trollies is that you get food on your table very quickly after sitting down, so it's handy if some of you are in a rush. The disadvantages are that you need to have at least one experienced dim sum orderer in your party, and also that the food will have been sitting on the trollies for a little while, so it won't be as fresh. They do have one trolly where things (e.g. tofu stuffed with prawns, "three treasures" stuffed with meat) are cooked fresh to order, though.
They even do a smaller selection of dim sum in the evenings now, though without the trollies (about 14 dishes, including pork and prawns in beancurd skin, grilled pork dumplings, rice and pork steamed in lotus leaf, har gao, and prawn or vegetable cheung fun). [[Kake]] thinks the portions may also be smaller in the evening &#8212. Most of the things we ordered only had two pieces, and I'm sure I remember the lunchtime portions having three or four pieces per order. This would make sense, since they probably get smaller groups in the evening.
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On a January 2007 visit, [[Kake]] and [[doop]] discovered that they even do a smaller selection of dim sum in the evenings now, though without the trollies (about 14 dishes, including pork and prawns in beancurd skin, grilled pork dumplings, rice and pork steamed in lotus leaf, har gao, and prawn or vegetable cheung fun). The evening portions are smaller than the usual three pieces that you get at lunchtimes; most of the things we ordered only had two pieces.
On a June 2008 visit, [[Ewan]] found that there was nothing vegetarian available from the dim sum trollies except vegetarian spring roll (or at least, if there was, the waitress wasn't forthcoming, though she suggested shark fin dumplings). We did see some cheung fun go past on a plate, but that looked to be a special order. The dim sum plates all had three pieces on them. In the end, I had vermicelli noodles with mixed vegetables (&pound;5.80) from the their noodle/rice menu, and that was fine.
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On a June 2008 visit, [[Ewan]] found that there was nothing vegetarian available from the dim sum trollies except vegetarian spring roll (or at least, if there was, the waitress wasn't forthcoming, though she suggested shark fin dumplings). We did see some cheung fun go past on a plate, but that looked to be a special order. In the end, I had vermicelli noodles with mixed vegetables (&pound;5.80) from the their noodle/rice menu, and that was fine.
Like many of the restaurants around here, it's very big &#8212; seats a few hundred when all the floors are open.
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[[Kake]], [[Leon]], and other Perlmongers have been coming here for years, and indeed it was the venue for our first ever dim sum meet. Having since visited a good proportion of London's other dim sum restaurants, we returned for a re-evaluation on a Thursday lunchtime in October 2008.

Beef and ginger dumplings, which we ordered because they used to be good here, were disappointing - no ginger flavour and indeed very little flavour at all. Soup dumplings arrived lukewarm and soupless (but this is a silly thing to order off a trolley). Cheung fun was just about adequate, but the "sauce" tasted of cheap soy sauce and neither wrapper nor filling was anything special. Fried turnip paste was good, with a decent flavour and texture - note though that this is one of the things that comes off the "cooked to order" trolley, so it hadn't been sitting about. Tea was neither good nor bad. Overall it was fine though, and the stripy jelly was amusing as always. We paid &pound;13/head including service, which is a little more than usual for us.

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* [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2048.htm London Eating comments]
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* [http://www.tehbus.com/2012/02/mini-bites-its-not-whole-new-world.html A Rather Unusual Chinaman review]
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* [http://tomeatsjencooks.blogspot.com/2010/02/restaurant-review-new-moon-in-chinatown.html Tom Eats review]
* [http://ratemybistro.co.uk/new-world-chinatown/ Rate My Bistro review]
* [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2048.htm London Eating comments]
* [http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/new-world-london-4#bizReviews Yelp comments]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[bob]] et al., February 2014.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Ewan]], [[Ruudboy]] and others, 8 June 2008.</div>
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summary='Restaurant in Chinatown, decent dim sum, seats a couple of hundred people.' summary='Restaurant in Chinatown. Does trolley dim sum, seats a couple of hundred people.' summary='Restaurant in Chinatown, decent dim sum, seats a couple of hundred people.' summary='Restaurant in Chinatown. Does trolley dim sum, seats a couple of hundred people.'

Decent dim sum (photo), with the trollies (photo) and everything. Come early (noon) to avoid the queues.

They even do a smaller selection of dim sum in the evenings now, though without the trollies (about 14 dishes, including pork and prawns in beancurd skin, grilled pork dumplings, rice and pork steamed in lotus leaf, har gao, and prawn or vegetable cheung fun). Kake thinks the portions may also be smaller in the evening —. Most of the things we ordered only had two pieces, and I'm sure I remember the lunchtime portions having three or four pieces per order. This would make sense, since they probably get smaller groups in the evening.

On a June 2008 visit, Ewan found that there was nothing vegetarian available from the dim sum trollies except vegetarian spring roll (or at least, if there was, the waitress wasn't forthcoming, though she suggested shark fin dumplings). We did see some cheung fun go past on a plate, but that looked to be a special order. The dim sum plates all had three pieces on them. In the end, I had vermicelli noodles with mixed vegetables (£5.80) from the their noodle/rice menu, and that was fine.

Like many of the restaurants around here, it's very big — seats a few hundred when all the floors are open.

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Last visited by Ewan, Ruudboy and others, 8 June 2008.

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