Not edible table tennis.
I love Dim Sum and Chinese food because of the sharing structure. "Try a bit of that, have some of these". You get the picture. Ping Pong encapsulates this idea perfectly with their range of traditional Dim Sum dishes and speciality teats. Ping Pong isn't a new concept but they've recently popped up in Covent Garden in a swanky new spot. Expect a lively atmosphere and chic decor. Although, the layout is a little like a rabbit den so you may get lost. After admiring the interior, tick the dishes you'd like on a strip of paper. Make sure to order one of the flowering teas while you wait for your dishes to arrive for a theatrical drink.
We ordered a portion of warm, seasoned edamame beans to nibble before tucking into a selection of fabulous dishes. Duck spring rolls, crispy prawn balls, honey and soy glazed chicken skewers and an array of steamed dumplings. The aubergine and pearl barley dumplings were my favourite, especially with the eye-catching, bright green tea pastry. The dishes are designed for sharing and the menu is pretty extensive. I'd heard bad things about Ping Pong but ignore the hearsay, I loved it. It's probably not the most authentic dim sum around but every dish was delicious and they looked after us pretty well.
Queue: We visited on a Saturday around 1pm and walked straight in. Perhaps book for dinner as the Covent Garden branch may get busy.
Price: It was about £20 each and we couldn't have eaten any more. I think that's more than reasonable.
Ambience: The best part about the meal was how accomodating the staff were for my recent allergies (lol). If you're intolerant to anything your waiter will be pretty clued up and can bring you a special menu. So now you have no excuse - grab your bestie and head down!
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.