Ken Lo's Memories of China

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Ken Lo's Memories of China has maintained its enviable reputation for its consistently high standards of authentic Chinese cuisine since its first opening some 30 years ago.

Situated in London's exclusive Belgravia, Ken Lo's has long been a neighbourhood gem and continues to receive oustanding reviews. As well as impeccable service, the restaurant also offers an impressive wine list and is beautifully decorated with traditional Chinese style wood and fabrics for an atmospheric setting. For those in the know, the restaurant will also accomodate takeaway service.

This neighbourhood gem enjoys the patronage of well-heeled clientele from Belgravia and Knightsbridge. The restaurant's intimate and atmospheric interior is a perfect place to hold a business lunch or a celebratory dinner with friends.
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SL
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was so bad. Just unbelievable.

MS
London
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great to be back

LB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here for years and the standard remains as high as ever, the food is consistently excellent, service great and the restaurant is lovely.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Booking a table with opentable means getting a worst table in the restaurant usually next to the kitchen enterence

AL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Good food and service, let down a little by the somber atmosphere.

V
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is served extremely fast. The food is very good but the enviro has changed over the years

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sono tornata a distanza di qualche anno come cena finale di una breve vacanza con mio cugino.
Mangiato benissimo tutto molto squisito.
Staff molto cortese e simpatico.
Servizio eccellente.
Piatti abbondanti.
Da non dimenticare.
Per chi viene da queste parti è d' obbligo andare.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ci tornerò sicuramente, pasto magnifico, dalla location alla cucina,ma soprattutto al servizio,
tutto perfetto!

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London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a smart Chinese restaurant in Belgravia. The staff are European and the food has been adapted to European tastes.
The dishes are bright and well presented, but a little high on sugar. Some are more successful than others. The prices are reasonable for the area.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is outstanding.
The service, while friendly was very slow to start. Did not know who our waiter was for first 15 minutes.

NP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food slightly bland I have to say. Maybe unlucky with my order. Service good. Overall was ok but wouldn’t rush back sorry.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very good food, one of the best in London

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ordered sweet & sour pork. It was nice but the sauce was odd - mostly sour. I told them and asked them to taste it. The chef was brand new and he agreed. Then I had chicken with black bean, it was good. Mostly, though, the service was great

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A superb restaurant which never disappoint: its food is always very tasty.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Ventilation needs to be better, food is good filling

m
London
36 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good ish spot for Sunday lunch , was a bit rushed and service did their beat but understaffed
Food solid , not quite royal china but above average

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Such a disappointment. We have been eating at Ken Lo’s Memories of China for more than 30 years, but this was our last time. Food was acceptable but expensive and the service very poor.

GH
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our guest had last eaten at Memories of China 40 years ago.
He said it had lost nothing in quality over the years.
We don't have his age-old yardstick to make the comparison, but our evening was highly enjoyable, excellent food and service combined with a happy stroll down memory lane.

MM
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of main dishes - my party had the fixed price menu which was good value for money. Meal for 3 with two bottles of wine came to £175 which for Belgravia is a bargain.

DT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu, good food and service, pleasant ambience,

J
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We booked this restaurant on it’s good name and had high expectations. What a disappointment, average food and unfriendly poor service on this occasion. Dissatisfied customers.

HW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dry good high end Chinese food, freshest ingredients, beautifully prepared and tasty

f
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant. We had a combination of items we passed around family style. Hits were the bok choy, beef, and salmon oriented dishes. We also liked the small appetizers we ordered. The Singapore noodles also were very nice. Wine selections (by the glass in our case) were paired nicely with the various items. Descriptions of spiciness levels were accurate. The wait staff were professional and knowledgeable.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good but the value was high.

s
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always reliable. Everything is delicious and the service excellent although a touch awkward at times.

c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Unusually poor quality of food.....not hot, not fresh.....first time experienced this. Based on this experience I could not recommend Ken Lo’s until I experience the previous high quality, fresh food and consistent service which was all lacking.

AR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really delicious food- and great portions. Slight mix up on order but well dealt with by the manager

L
12 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are great. Been going for years. They kept the restaurant open for us this past Sunday.

MW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite eateries. Food variety and quality first class. Service unobtrusive but always there when you need it. Spacious layout with discreet areas. Highly recommended

p
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good Chinese in a beautiful environment close to the theatre district. We had a very good meal of dry rubbed spare ribs, fried rice, shrimp with lettuce cups and sweet/sour chicken. All were tasty and nicely presented. We had a pre-theatre dinner and had only a 10 minute walk to see Wicked. Would recommend.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Still good but not what I have come to expect. I have eaten here many times over many years but it seems to have lost its edge. Has it changed hands?

GP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Significant improvement in service with food as good as ever and pricing for the west end of london very good. This restaurant is back to its best once again. Wine offering is improved and reasonably priced. All in all a great experience.

H
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

2
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was well prepared from high quality ingredients and well presented. It was a little low in garlic and spices, to reflect the mostly European clientele found in Belgravia.
The restaurant is clean and bright with mercifully no loud music. Unfortunately the tables for two are located around the walls, making them appear more cramped and isolated.
We did not see any Chinese waiters or restaurant staff, which rather detracts from the ambience.
The prices were fair for the locality.
Service was efficient but impersonal. No one lingered by our table to chat or ask about the food, and when we left there was no one to see us out.
The lack of interaction by the staff made it rather a sterile experience, for two elderly diners on a night out.

SB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service requires improving. We had to stand up and ask for service. The restaurant seems very short staffed.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Hadn’t visited this restaurant in years but it’s gone down in a big way. One staff member was attentive, most of the others were ill mannered. One didn’t know what we meant by Dim Sum (it’s a chinese restaurant...).
The food was very banal and not particularly well executed or tasty. Big disappointment. Ken Lo’s memories are long gone it seems.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

CW
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chinese ever. Great service . Amazing wine list. Lovely slightly nostalgic restaurant.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I would recommend a deliveroo order, their food is amazing however, their service was really lacking. I went as a party of four. They asked us how we wanted the food served timing-wise and I had replied as its ready, my normal statement as per Chinese-style Chinese food. They brought out our food all at once with no space to put it, so stood there holding our plates asking us where we wanted it. The manager after about a minute rushed over to apologise and waited for the food on our table to be eaten and then made us a fresh batch of food (or so I hope). Normally when you say as food is ready in any restaurant, if there is no space on the table, they shouldn’t bring the food out.

The soft drinks we ordered did not arrive, but appeared on the bill. They removed it once pointed out. The ice we requested had to be asked for 3-4 times over 30minutes.

Poor service.
Excellent food.

DM
Surrey
14 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there the day this restaurant opened and the quality and ambiance is still perfection.
Kenneth and Ann Lo are sadly missed but the legacy lives on and is a tribute to the dream they started.