Cantonese, London


Cantonese food, from Guangdong Province, is the Chinese style most familiar to Western tastes buds, thanks to the area’s many emigrants who set up dining establishments around the globe.

The Cantonese roast duck at Four Seasons (12 Gerrard St, W1D 5PR; 020 7494 0870) is rightly well-known throughout London and beyond– the Financial Times when called its fragile balance of crisp, caramel skin and tender flesh the very best roast duck in the world. There’s a 2nd branch next door and another close by on Wardour Street.

The interior here, like lots of joints in this part of town, is a little worn-out and a little garish. Numerous seem to have altered little bit because the ’70s or ’80s– which becomes part of the appeal.

For a more modern-day, upmarket experience, Plum Valley’s slick, the dark-wood interior may match (20 Gerrard St, W1D 6JQ; 020 7494 4366).

Prices are pretty sensible however a few of the showier items– such as the pan-grilled black cod with Champagne and honey (around $42)– might leave your stomach as empty as your wallet.