Covent Garden is a food hub, and with legendary Chinatown around the corner, there are plenty of Asian food eateries in and around the neighbourhood worth checking out. From dumplings and dim sum to sushi and sweet buns – the classics are here, but also some quirky and unusual dishes you’ve probably never tried before. These are our pick of the best Asian restaurants in Covent Garden.
Fatt Pundit in Covent Garden serves a unique style of Indo-Chinese cooking created by Southern Chinese migrants from the Tangra part of Kolkata. The quirky Fatt Pundit name represents their food fusion with ‘Fatt’ a common Chinese surname and ‘Pundit’ meaning scholar in India. The result is a fiery menu filled with small bites which arrive when they’re ready.
Pick five or six dishes to share, starting with the momos – light, steamed dumplings. The crackling spinach goes well with Szechuan honey duck and Bombay chilli prawns, so dive in for a marriage of intense flavours and crunchy textures at this Asian restaurant in Covent Garden.
Din Tai Fung, Covent Garden
Michelin-acclaimed and with restaurants around the globe, Din Tai Fung in Covent Garden is the flagship London location, serving Taiwanese food presented to look and taste its best. The chefs’ focus on precision results in food that looks too good to eat – although you absolutely will, because it’s delicious.
This Asian restaurant is across two floors and filled with handcrafted wood carvings and stone lions symbolising good fortune. It’s the ideal setting to taste world-famous xiao long bao soup dumplings. These are so loved, they’ve twice won UK’s Golden ChopSticks Award for the best dumplings in the country.
RedFarm, Covent Garden
Shrimp dumplings modelled to look like Pac Man and his ghosts? Flower-shaped spring rolls? Cheeseburger spring rolls? Yes, it’s playful, but these dishes are crunchy, nutty, well-seasoned and full of flavour. RedFarm perfected its Willy Wonka dishes in Manhattan, and when it opened in Covent Garden, it was an instant hit.
RedFarm in Covent Garden is over three floors, with both long communal tables and two-person booths. It’s a casual vibe with spot-on service – and there’s a bar, Toots n Hoots, tucked away at the very top, creating quirky cocktails. Don’t miss out on one of the best Chinese restaurants in Covent Garden.
Inamo, Covent Garden
This Pan-Asian restaurant is a place to bring the tech-lovers in your household because, here, you get an interactive menu beamed to your table, so you can use your finger as a mouse to order food and then play games while you wait for your dishes to arrive.
The cuisine is Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean – with sushi and their dragon rolls of crunchy tempura shrimp the specialities. It’s worth saving room for a pudding, too – the chocolate and cinnamon churros with coconut ice cream is a hit with kids of all ages.
The Clermont, Victoria, is our closest hotel to Covent Garden where you can lounge in luxury in our rooms or suites and pop over to one of these top restaurants to taste some of London’s best Asian food.