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2 Minster Pavement Send to Phone
020-7626 0126
Underground: Monument

Open Mon.-Fri. 11.30am-10.30pm

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Poons in the City Restaurant Review

: Despite its location in the lower mall of a glass and steel office building with sculpted horses rearing outside, this restaurant’s seriousness, even solidity, is more reminiscent of the nineteenth than the twenty-first century. The décor is Chinese without dragons; seats at the large tables are wide and comfortable. The cooking too is soundly based. The shortish menu offers many standard items, even if their names suggest something more recherché. Kow lo yuk for example translates as sweet and sour pork, while see chew beef is in black bean sauce with red and green peppers---and is pleasingly tender. Specialities include lap yuk soom---finely chopped vegetables with wind-dried meat eaten wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Another intriguing ’Bill Poon Special’ is Cantonese beef hotpot---braised brisket in a sauce involving yellow beans, fermented red beans and a Chinese liqueur. His mastery of subtle culinary technique shows in spicy garlic prawns, stir-fried with garlic chilli and Chinese wine after being deep-fried---and they stay crisp. Interesting vegetarian specials include honeycomb roundels of starch-free wheat flour dough variously cooked. Partly outside, but under the glass atrium, is a (comparatively) fast food snack bar. Set menus for minimum of two people £22.50, £26.50, £30.80.


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