Plum Valley

3.8
2611 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Chinese
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  • Authentic
  • Lunch
  • Casual
Located in the heart of London's bustling Chinatown district, Plum Valley is a sleek Cantonese restaurant that stands out along Gerrard Street for its minimalist style and smart wooden, slate and stone interior. Perfect for business lunches, pre-theatre meals and post-sightseeing snacks, Plum Valley Chinese restaurant is conveniently located near Piccadilly Circus and the West End without being touristy, and the restaurant boasts its own conference facilities well suited for private events and meetings. Dumpling lovers will go gaga for the scallop dumpling, whisker black cod roll, and we also recommend the pillowy cream custard bun, Mongolian fillet steak, and the grilled sea bass with ginger and spring onion. Or just take your waiter's advice and make a survey of the sublime dim sum or the excellent a la carte. Smart enough for dates, yet friendly to groups, Plum Valley is a great must-try restaurant in Chinatown.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Chinese
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Hours of Operation
Sun - Thurs: 12pm - 11:30pm
Fri - Sat: 12pm - 12am
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Phone number
020 7494 4366
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Beer, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant fab service nice staff will be back

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really don't understand the poor reviews. We had a brilliant night. Arrived 10min late & stayed really late. Had a great laugh with the hostess who helped make the night. Ordered masses of delicious dim sum & left with enough for a nice big breakfast. Had some delicious cocktils for dessert. The Espresso Martinis are wonderful. Will be back very soon.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Dim sum was good, service was below average, lady kept trying to take dishes away. Felt rushed to get out. The set dim sum tea menu was varied and tasty. Normal size portions which made it good value. It was the waitress with the bob hair that ruined the experience.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Went to celebrate a 30th birthday. Awful service (on all occasions we had to ask for the waiter’s attention) and no manners from any of the serving staff. We asked for two birthday cakes to be presented and were handed the cakes back in the packaging and plastic bag we brought them in. Often told to be quiet, despite the fact our party was not being unusually loud for a birthday celebration; there were also other bookings who were chatting loudly. Even after complaining to the manager we weren’t treated with the respect a customer would expect.
Would highly suggest to GO ELSEWHERE for any bookings for more than 2 people.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s our go-to restaurant in Chinatown and for pre-theatre dinner.

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m
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very creative food, lively atmosphere, great service. We really enjoyed our visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was served cold, we did not say anything as it took ages to come in the first place and then to get the attention of the staff.

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F
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

9 of us booked at short notice. They had a good size table upstairs. The service was excellent and the food even better. We had the ribs and the set menu D. I can recommend it

Only slight draw back was the toilet did not smell very clean.

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ZM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious and the service was better than some of the reviews I had read before. Only criticism I have, is that the lady bringing the food over did not know what she was bringing which wasn't great for our vegetarian friend!

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Plum Valley never lets me down. The food is excellent: tasty, authentic and with a wide range of choices (but not overwhelming). The duck is particularly good, as are the vegetarian options. There are some great and reasonably priced wines. Service is quick and friendly. Price-wise it's a notch above most of the other Chinatown places but value for money and totally worth it.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very nice and good portion, service was ok. Great for pre-theatre as it was also quick.

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l
London
66 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was a bit off today, took forever to get our tea(and it's 3pounds for each order of tea)

Peking duck was pretty good, but a bit pricy considering you don't actually get the whole duck(am sure they leave the legs off) In other places, you see the duck carved in front of you, but here it comes ready sliced and piled up. Served with steamed buns that are halved, along with spring onions and cucumber. Flavours were good, but I think there are better places for Peking duck.

The noodles were a little too oily and more of a chinese take away standard, which is disappointing, considering the price.

The egg tofu in clay pot was good, but they really need to update their menu (there was aubergine in the dish but no mention of it on the menu).

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service - won’t be back.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very nice food, service a little slow but they were all very nice and accommodating!

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h
London
159 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a dim sum restaurant and were not disappointed. Lucky as they even had dim sum week with a tasting menu. Great choice of dim sum. Quite busy during weekend lunch but service was great.

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EF
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

good food, but not suitable if you are with your boyfriend or dating. They rush you since the beginning and I felt I wasn’t welcome at all. 5 minutes after seating a group of 10 sat next to us so we asked to change table. The waitress didn’t leave me time to choose what to drink and they didn’t give us the dim sum menu, obviously because it’s cheaper.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service is awful. If you want to have a chat with your friends, don't go there because they always try to clear your table and ask you to pay and leave.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The dim sum was very fresh and good flavours. The Japanese baby octopus was particularly good, good chilli oil and tender seafood. The Fujian fried rice was also very tasty. All washed down with several good bottles of Merlot

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E
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We have visited Plum Valley on many occasions before and always had to wait for 10-20 minutes at the reception area even with reservation. This time was no different. Despite the initial waiting, food and service have always been great.
Restaurant was able to provide highchair for a child and ground floor seating which is more comfortable than 1/F.
Under £15 per person.

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FF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. Perfect for a get together with friends or casual meal. The food is amazing, great selection and value. My second visit and many more to come. Thank you!

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LP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

There used to be a great dimsum dinner menu here, but has since been replaced with a limited and disappointing offering. Section we were seated in had no aircon, so was sweltering. Table service was slow and bad tempered. Shame because this place used to be great.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 1

The food is always great. In this instance, a large group of 30 year old boys were at the table next to us. They were loud, drunk and obnoxious. It ruined our experience. Management should have offered to move us or move them or spoken to them to settle down.

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R
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was really good, great vegetarian options. The vegetarian egg noodles were amazing. However, the staff where not very friendly had a constant annoyed look and also got our order wrong and were rude even though it was there mistake. Worth putting up with staff for the food though.

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CW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have always loved the food here but on this occasion it was a bit disappointing, not as good as have always found it, portions smaller and not as well presented, nor as tasty. The staff however are always extremely helpful and attentive.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Only half the dim sum was good. Dim sum suggested by waitor was fairly poor. Barbecue pork buns were pretty terrible, so was the fried dim sum. Decent steamed ones however would not go again considering the two of us didn't even want to finish some of the food

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AP
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The piace is very nice, good food, good design and atmosphere. The only problem was the dessert, the gave us 2 dessert still freezed. The costumer service could be better.

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G
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was good, slightly over priced for what you get. The service however was awful, all members of staff were very rude, when our food was brought out it was quickly slammed down on the table in random places for the server to then quickly run away after. Although the restaurant was fairly quiet it took a long time to take our order and to bring drinks.

Upon receiving our bill we noticed a 'Discretionary' 12.5% service charge had been added. We disputed this, we did not want to pay this as our service was awful and it clearly stated that this fee was to be at our discretion. The server asked us why and we explained that everyone had been rude, she then slammed down the card machine and went to speak to management. After much arguing on her side telling us we had to pay it she finally gave in and hurried us out of the restaurant in anger.

Will never be returning a huge shame as the food was good but still expensive considering the service.

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FM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I’ve been to this place before and I would even recommend it to the friends. At this moment I would rather black list it. The food is not tasty. Overfried, too dry. Furthermore, there was a problem with a service. We have been for one dish for a long time and then it came cold. Similarly, we feel rushed because it was the end of the shift and waiters want to go home. I would recommend to avoid it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious dumplings and fast service - we love this restaurant!

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e
London
192 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

quality of the food has gone up since our last visit a few months ago...but the timing of the dishes are still off. the noodle dishes came a good 20-30 mins before any of our dim sum orders on a Sunday lunch. also, the service can be a bit haphazard, but for a dependable chinatown dimsum, this is our preferred place.

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LY
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

From reading other reviews we nearly gave this one a miss. Have to agree with the general view - the food is outstanding, in particular the Crispy duck salad with pomegranate seeds - but the service leaves a bit to be desired. We asked for main dishes to be served after the appetizer, but they started coming to the table before we had finished it. To be fair, our waitress noticed and asked if we would like them taken away and brought back when we were ready. Asked for tea several times but apparently not heard, and then when we thought we had succeeded we were given the bill instead. Again - this was put right when it was pointed out, bu really shouldn't have happened.
Ambiance was good, and there were a number of Chinese diners which is always a good sign at a Chinese restaurant.
Would we go back? Yes, for the food, but would be cautious about recommending it to others based on the service.

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b
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent, service a little bit and miss- they forgot some of our order (but did bring it quickly once we pointed it out) and got another dish wrong (but we are it anyway and it was delicious). The interior was nice but I found the lights over the table were just the wrong height for me and were right in my eyes. But I'd go again for the food!

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IT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our go-to dim sum place for big group gathering. Dim sum is good as well as reasonably priced to suit everyone’s budget. This restaurant is always busy during weekends so advance booking is always advisable.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was rushed & none of the staff tended to our needs. Wine not topped up, no one asked if we was ok and that we was enjoying our meal. When we gave this feedback to the front desk the response was "ok sorry" but did not quiz us further on why we were unhappy & made no attempt to fix the situation. The standards were good in the beginning but now has slipped & is a slap dash service with no care, consideration and attentive staff.

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OT
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Food.

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TM
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The Duck and the Ostrich

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TL
London
116 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite dim sum place, with comfy seating and nice ambiance. Staff are friendly and efficient. Good value too. The other reason I liked this place is no / low MSG, I never used to get thirsty after a meal there, but did feel strangely thirsty after this meal, perhaps it’s from the soy sauce. Hope they’ll continue not to use MSG, as I’d like to be able to come back again and again!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very poor service

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TF
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I always enjoy Plum Valley.. But do take note: you only get the table for 2 hours.. They did not notify us of this ‘rule’ when we made the reservation or taken to our table. By the time we hit 2 hours, the manager rudely told us to leave while we still had full glasses of wine. We informed her that we were not told we had the table for only 2 hours and she implied that that was the general rule everywhere. Excuse me? No, it is not. And of there was a time limit on the table, the restaurant tells you numerous times. At the end we left without finishing our wine. Amazing food!! Always! But take note of the non-communicative 2 hour table limit.

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G
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been here a few times, food seems to have taken a bit of a slide in both quality and flavours. Service is always slick and prompt.

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