Ken Lo's Memories of China

4.3
741 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
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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JN
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My memories were good, reality poor. Expensive very average Chinese food in an outdated setting

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Ken Lo’s for years on business trips for the Crispy Duck. The best I ever had and will only order it from Ken Lo’s. If you are in London you need to go here.

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EH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was very underwhelmed at Ken Lo's. I had heard very good things about this restaurant and was disappointed.

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GP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and emitted a clean feeling ... I would go back often !

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F
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service
Always consistent

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K
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service not professional. Food ok. But not outstanding. Dough of the dumplings way to thick.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was subpar, service adequate

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p
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, nice traditional decor and location . Ok food - Not as good as expected

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BE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. I used to visit quite often and ha fond memories of the for. The layout has improved, the service was good but the food, though nicely presented, was of very pedestrian quality. We shall not be returning.

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TT
London
29 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was a "go to" place when my children were younger, as it is a Chinese restaurant that very much caters to parents and young children. The ambience is very nice - it is not too loud - and the service is friendly and approachable, which makes the dining experience good. This is in fact where my children developed a taste for Chinese food. However, the food is not creative in any respect, and quality of the food is just average at best. There is much better tasting (and better value) Chinese food to be found in many other Chinese restaurants in London. If you want to take you young children to a restaurant to enjoy average to low-average Chinese food in a relaxing and casual environment, then go for it. But if your tastes are more in the mood for creative and better-tasting Chinese fare (including dim sum), opt for somewhere else. And without children, I just can't see Memories of China having much appeal at all.

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DM
Surrey
13 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still as good as it was the day it opened
Exceptional food and ambiance

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CK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is excellent and the ambiance is nice enough with attentive staff. The portions are very generous and this is of course is reflected in the price which is high, especially the Broccoli at £8.50 but also the starters. The absence now of oriental staff takes away a little from the authenticity of the place but it is still very well managed and a great place to go for good Chinese food/meal.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was splendid; service excellent and attentive while also being unobtrusive. We were always offered time between courses and did not feel hurried at any time, so we were able to have a relaxed and most enjoyable meal. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Under new management and sadly the food was not of the same standard

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J
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service. My wife and I had a great time 👍

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TM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, speedy service. My favourite Chinese restaurant!

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MH
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was Christmas eve and also a birthday celebration so we are a lot and it was great.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service (seriously, the best we had on our entire history of visiting London) Amazing food. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

Great menu and wine menu with 'non-standard' options.

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DH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a Ken Lo’s Customer for 20 years, always great food and great evening.

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RC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a most enjoyable meal in very comfortable surroundings. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Even though I have been here before, I thought the food was pretty average this time and the service was very slow & not that good - we had a table booked at 12.30pm for lunch and left at about 3.45pm. This is far too slow for a business lunch.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has been redecorated in a minimalist style. The ambience is relaxing and the staff are friendly and efficient.
The food is not high end, but bright and attractively presented. The cover included a large basket of prawn crackers. We ordered soup, rice and three main courses, which was about right for two persons. to drink we had China tea and the bill came to £75, which we thought reasonable for Belgravia.
Only the soups (chicken sweet corn and crab sweet corn) gave cause for concern as they were overly gloopy and virtually tasteless.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kid-Friendly restaurant. Good food and wonderful staff.

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NH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful Birthday dinner with close friends and family.

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EJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Chinese meal...best we have eaten in a long time

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good quality Chinese food. Pretty quiet at lunchtime. Kitchen closes 14:30 so not the place for a leisurely or late lunch!

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W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food high quality meat (duck pork chicken dishes ) friendly waiters

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DM
Surrey
13 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since the day it opened, Ken Lo's successors have kept to the extremely high standard he and Mr. Butt began. Memories of China never disappoints.

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant location & interior design.
Sharp service from well-managed Italian team.
London West End standard of refined (largely) Cantonese cuisine.
Chinese tea selection needs to be significantly improved.
High, consistent quality of customer experience after four decades- & not a few changes of ownership.

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PW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch with some clients who used to live in Singapore. Although it was a little quiet and I have always thought the décor a tad sterile, there was no doubting the quality of the food, wine and indeed the impeccable service. We always love the Capital Ribs (off the bone), Sesame Prawn Toast and a real highlight the Salt and Pepper Prawns. Crispy duck is a must and perfectly shredded. On the main course probably the standout was the Chicken with Cashews, although the Singapore Noodles are a must have as well.

No signs of any feeling of dehydration after the event, showing this is fresh cooked and not full of added salt.

It's not a cheap place, but it is refined and the food is excellent - there are private rooms at the front and they are great for bigger parties.

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KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good late night dining. Tasty food, but the wine list is mediocre and expensive.

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US
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has a great selection of dim sum and other appetizers.
In addition I highly recommend the monkfish with ginger and spring onions

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DS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been previously to Memories when visiting London and very much wanted to return. We were not disappointed. Food was excellent and service was first rate.

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w
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best if not the best Chinese restaurant in London. The crispy aromatic duck is to die for.
In general modern, well served very good food, a must when you visit London.

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j
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years . one of my favourites whenever I visit London .
Excellent food !! Wish they could bring some new innovative items from time to time .
Just one complaint - I always feel "rushed" - the staff does not allow us enough time to relax .They are constantly -sort of "standing on your head" .

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal. Very large portions so wasted a lot. Nice staff

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N
London
26 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual exceptional service and delicious food. Thank you

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and had a private room. I had not requested this, so it was a lovely surprise. The food was amazing and the service very good. They were very attentive to all our needs and dietary requirements.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb as usual! will return soonest! Had forgotten how good your Singapore Noodles were - my guests loved the whole evening! Thank you

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been to the restaurant a couple of times and always enjoyed the food.

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