I'd practically starved myself for a week doing some new fad diet to see how/whether it had worked. In celebration of completing this, and needing to
You have to fill out a 'desired dining date and time' and then wait... and wait...for a call that may or may not disappoint. Luckily for us the call came through positive and so our mouths began to water a good few weeks before the booking.
The thing about A Wong is that it's not in the prettiest of areas, nor is the first glance a reflection on the delights that await. It looks rather 'cutesie' from the outside, a patio filled with random plants, and simple tables laid out waiting to be filled. So, if you are a passer by and you do happen to look at the place...take a chance you won't be disappointed.
I arrived a little early to then find they had messed up our booking, we had no table. So after slight unimpressed chats, on a Friday evening, with the delightful front of house I was seated in the main room and handed the menu's - the bar seats FYI look a lot more fun for two!
I had done my research, spied bits to definitely go for and others to avoid and luckily for me Miss H sat down and was more than happy to 'order whatever as long as it's a feast' and so the it began, along side a lovely bottle of white and were talked through the dipping sauces, one shrimp, one bean - both divine!
Starters are presented more or less as 'snacks' and therefore as singular pieces. I'm not entirely sure the table next to us understood this as I watched them trying to halve a scallop exactly right followed by what looked like a singular quail's egg... not an easy task!
First up came the spare ribs in sweet and sour sauce (£1.50). The pork meat fell off the bone and was incredibly juicy and the sticky sweet sauce was so delicious we were both swiping the plate with our fingers to get every last bit.
Dry braised prawns in salt and pepper (£3.00 each) were actually one of my favourites of the evening- Simple, yet moreish. The chilli and spring onion gave more depth to the dish and I found myself not bothering to take the shells off for fear of losing the flavour.
Yunnan fried cheese, was something we thought was going to be 'a little bit different' and in actual fact was quite the opposite... haloumi style cheese and tasted the same with salt and pepper as a 'dip'... hmmmm although £2 a portion (shown) won't break the bank.
We fancied trying some mushroom, bamboo and vermicelli spring rolls, then immediately regretted it when they arrived! At £1.50 a portion we ordered two of these expecting them to be small/dim sum portions... they arrived HUGE!! However extremely tasty and had a fantastic crisp wrapper.
We then has a 'midi' course of the 'A.Wong dim sum basket', knowing from reading up that the dim sum here is something to shout about I was looking forward to trying this. The pork and prawn dumpling was innovative adding a bit crackling for another texture, the filling was delicious. Crispy wonton was good but nothing too different to write upon. The shrimp dumpling with citrus foam however was another winner.
A small and welcome pause before our mains arrived... I told you, we were feasting, not fasting!!
Gong Bao chicken with roasted peanuts shone out above all dishes. Light, super tasty and with a perfect amount of spice to keep those taste buds excited! The chicken was cooked to perfection, (not a dry bit in sight) topped with a piece of chicken crackling - awesome!
Sechuanese aubergines were another delight. The deep purple veg were coated in a deliciously thick, sticky, sweet and slightly spiced sauce. I could have had these with a simple rice dish and left happy.
Crispy chilli beef had actual beef slices inside the crispy coating - unlike many Chinese restaurant takes on this favourite dish. Extremely easy to gobble up at record speed.
To accompany our mains we shared the Yang Zhou fried rice which was also very, very good and had a good smacking of fish sauce running through it - deee-lish!
A Wong is a great addition to pop up outside the central hub of London's China town. The interior is sleek, minimal and rather 'out there' considering the surrounding restaurants and convenience shops. Service is impeccable, on this visit we went over our table time and were shown to the bar where seating had been reserved for us to carry on.
The fad diet worked, I feel leaner, lighter and more awake! However I'm not so sure after discovering a little gem such as A Wong how long it'll take for those naughty pounds to creep back on... I think it's my new favourite Chinese - this year is beginning to look rather excellent!
Our meal came to £40pp including service and booze - not bad eh?
70 Wilton Road, Pimlico. SW1