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About Bao Fa Garden (FKA Zen China)

Zen China Restaurant is now changing its name to Bao Fa Garden Restaurant & Bar. It has been renovated and expanded with a new bar and open kitchen.

Bao Fa Garden is the same brand name restaurant in Northern China, which has over 100 years in history and has been awarded the oldest restaurant in China famous for its classic dishes. Bao Fa Garden Restaurant in London is now serving new classic fusion cuisine.

The interior has the atmosphere of an old country house drawing room, with views over the water to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye.

We believe natural ingredients are the most important: we use reliable suppliers - no MSG or colour additives.

Our new head chef has over 28 years experience, 14 years in Chinese cuisine during which period he won many awards & 14 years in classic fusion cuisine in Poland, England & Canada. You will be thrilled to see his creative culinary skills while you enjoy the delicious food!

County Hall, Riverside Building
Queens Walk, Westminster Bridge Road
London, SE1 7PB
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Unspecified, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12noon - 4:50pm



Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7261 1196

Website:
www.zenchina.co.uk or www.baofagarden.co.uk

Entertainment:
Occasional live Jazz bands, single or duo instruments, Modern and Classic Chinese bands.

Catering:
Wines and drink receptions with canape. Buffet banquets.

Parking Details:
Thereare a few car parks available on Belvedere Road: The closest is the Southbank Car Park which is just 4 mins from County Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall car park which is 6 mins away from us.

Public Transport:
Buses: 12, 53, 77, 148, 159, 211, 341, 381, 453, 507, C10, RV1
Tube: Waterloo, Westminster, Embankment
Taxi drop-point: Belvedere Road off Chicheley Street.

Executive Chef:
Jinsheng Zheng

Private Party Facilities:
We can provide quarter, half or whole venue for any size of private dining. Please contact us for details.

Private Party Contact:
Sue: 020 7261 1196

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve special event: Best menu ever, plus music, beautiful view, Big Ben New Year Countdown, and best of the best - London Eye Fireworks above your head! Register your interest today, we only have limite place every year.
It is also a good business event venue of any kind: all kinds of drinks, big screen, live music and nibbles.

Bao Fa Garden (FKA Zen China) Ratings and Reviews

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3.3

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3.4

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3.6

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3.0

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45% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on 5 September 2017

This was my first visit to this restaurant & I was very happy with the delicious meal served by very attentive staff and the manager who was at hand to see that all was well. My son & a guest from overseas enjoyed the lovely array of dishes including starters , scallop dumplings and vegetable spring rolls and our mains roast whole duck , chicken , aubergine & Tofu served with rice. which we shared were absolutely delicious with very large portions :) ( we only realised it when the food arrived ).The Merlot shared by my guests was great too.

I would defenitely recvomend this restaurant to those who enjoy quality Chinese cuisine and excllent ambience & great view of the Thames. It must be said , the price was very reasonable too!!👍

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 9 July 2017

absolutely fantastic Chinese food. I can't recommend this place enough.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (London)·Dined on 10 March 2017

An amazing Chinese restaurant which serves perfect food. I would recommend soy millk icecream and roasted Beijing Duck. It is the only Chinese restaurant that also use the duck bones to cook a soup with tofu and vegetables for you apart from the duck meat already served.

Tags: Comfort Food, Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 30 December 2016

Amazing food, very fast cooking times, exceptional service, waiters and waitresses go out of their way to provide an amazing time, ambience is chill, decor is unsurpassed! All in all, top notch place, very fancy for a special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 3 September 2016

We had an evening meal at the Zen China Restaurant after going on the London Eye at around 9pm.

Firstly the location is great if you have been the London Eye as it is about 2 minutes away. The only downside is it that it is not clear where the restaurant is as there is no sign leading up the stairs to the courtyard but it is clear when you go up, we had to use Google Maps to find it.

Secondly in relation to the location the view from the restaurant is incredible, we had a view of Big Ben which was really nice.

The food is very reasonably priced for London and in a prime location and the portions are very large, so much so that neither of us were able to finish them.

Unlikely most Chinese restaurants they also had a good cocktail menu which was nice for us as we prefer a cocktail over wine or beer.

Overall the location was perfect, the food was lovely and the price was great. We would definitely come again when we return to London.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 7 June 2016

Excellent place. Amazing views and very nice décor and atmosphere. We were seated at a lovely large round table for 8 - really great for group conversation. Food was delicious and plentiful - we went for a £28 per person set menu, which was great value.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 11 September 2015

Excellent service food 10 out of 10 staff were lovely would defiantly go again .

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 1 August 2015

The subtle blend of oriental tastes, which literally enliven the taste buds coupled with an ambience befitting a Caribbean holiday on the sandy beach - I can simply say that I always enjoy eating out here.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 1 August 2015

Good taste and fantastic views

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 (London)·Dined on 7 March 2015

We booked Zen for a romantic wedding aniversary celebration . We had a great table for 2 with a direct view of Big Ben from the window which was a bonus. Zen is great after an evening ride on the London Eye as it is only a 5 min stroll down past the London Dungeon and upstairs next to Sea Life. It's a bit hard to see as you have to go up the stairs and it is inside the County Hall building so look out for the sign board on the left as you walk past Sea Life and go up the stairs. We had crispy duck pancakes which was nice and crispy and soft in the middle. And the authentic Chinese seafood chillie pot was great and they also do great dumplings. Next time we will pre order their special Zen roast duck to try . Our waitress was very helpful and explained the special dishes to us even though she was run off her feet for a busy Saturday night. We will defiantly eat there again next time we are in London.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2015

Lovely view of Thames. Good food & service. Find the Sea Life Centre and the restaurant is up the steps on the left with your back to the river. We'd go again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 20 January 2015

Excellent views of the Thames/Big Ben. Very close to London Eye. Good food. The only negative thing is that it is so hard to find it. We walked around the City Hall nearly twice trying to find it. Many restaurants there are called "Zen" something, so everyone guides you to a different place. To get to the restaurant you have to get up to the outside 2nd level on the Thames side and to the entrance to the big hotel there. To get to the outside 2nd level you have to go through archways that claim they are entrances to other restaurants! With full awnings of the other restaurant. Confusing! They really need a sign out there.

Tags: Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 16 November 2014

We booked a table, and due to a change of plans turned up just 1 hour early and asked if we could be accomodated. This was done with no fuss and we were made to feel welcome.
The waiting staff were very friendly and approachable, restaurant was immaculate and well laid out and we got a table with a view over the Thames at night.
The food we ordered was fantastic and immaculately presented, the value was excellent too.
Next time I am in London I will be visiting again.
Thank you Zen China

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 9 May 2014

We have now ben here five times in total and it has been anything short of perfect every time, one of our favourite restaurants in London.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 29 April 2014

Some less-than-100% reviews had caused some misgivings or reduced expectations, but we were wrong. We were a group of 5 who had booked through our Chinese host.
The welcome and all the service was instant, warm, friendly and immaculate. Our host (a very able Chinese cook) chose for us. These good choices were promptly served. We all praised the food and enjoyed the atmosphere looking across to the Houses of Parliament. We chose to split the bill and found it was not as high as might be expected.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 28 December 2013

If you are looking for a Chinese restaurant in London in a special setting, with fabulous food and nobody rushing you to finish your meal, then this is definitely the place to head. Looking forward to lots more visits.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 18 December 2013

Fantastic food and a beautiful view across the Thames to the Houses of Parliament.
Spolit only a tiny bit when leaving by an extremely rude security guard on the front door who tried to stop us taking a picture of the view...!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Surrey)·Dined on 10 November 2013

Great service, start to finish, no hurrying with our selection or feeling of trying to get us to leave, and we was the last table to leave. Excellent selection of food and wine, and the view is amazing, try and get a window table. Would not hesitate to book again.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 6 October 2013

Was very impressed with the venue and the food taste amazing!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch
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 (Liverpool)·Dined on 29 September 2013

Fabulous meal in a fantastic restaurant
Highly recommended

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 6 September 2013

The food was too good will be coming back again, the restaurant it self it outstanding

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 5 September 2013

The food was amazing and really liked the set menu. Great service and friendly staff! Highly recommended

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on 30 July 2013

Great food - faultlessly cooked; great service with a smile and; fantastic view over the river and Westminster. I could not have asked for more.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 29 June 2013

This restaurant was amazing, the views were stunning and the atmosphere was fantasic, food excellent, I will definately be going back to Zen's very soon.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (London)·Dined on 14 June 2013

I celebrated my 26th birthday with my husband and friends, the waiters were outstanding very patient considering we were a group of 10 the food was delicious and the view of river Thames with all the lighting just lovely. Bottom line I would definatly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (London)·Dined on 23 May 2013

The view was lovely, overlooking Big Ben and the restaurant was set in the old county hall so lovely surroundings. Had the set menu for two which was great value and delicious.

I'd recommend anyone go there.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 6 May 2013

The chef really knows how to cook duck! I had shredded duck wrapped in lettuce and my friend had stir-fried duck with beansprouts. The location is stunning, overlooking Big Ben. While the crowds filled the pavements outside, it was quiet and relaxed in the restaurant. Excellent food and location, I would never have found this restaurant without toptable

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 4 May 2013

Went there for my dinner date the service was fast the food was the best loved its the price was also affordable , if u looking for a nice quiet place to eat and enjoy your meal while watching the Thames and enjoying the good view of big ben this is the place

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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·Dined on 19 February 2013

My husband, brother and I had dinner at zen china a few nights ago. The view was amazing so I didn't mind too much about the quality of the food but I was really amazed by how good the food was. Portion size was huge and all our staters and main meals were superb. Service was great. I will be back again very soon!!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on 10 February 2013

I booked the table for 5 for last week's Chinese New Year occasion. The view we were facing was the gorgeous big ben at night and we really enjoyed the warm service and nice food! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Chinese food but also looking for some good views!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 19 January 2013

the food was out of this world, and the service, our table overlooked big ben to top the evening off..

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 21 December 2012

Enjoyed every bit of my dinner.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 8 December 2012

The most wonderful meal I have ever had, excellent service, very well recomended.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 5 September 2012

We had a lovely meal at Zen China, before heading to the IMAX for a 9pm show. We booked if for the convenient location and expected it to be quite touristy - but it was lovely!

It was 35% of food except siganture dishes - there were quite a lot of dishes we wanted on the the siganture list, but the bill still ended up being substantially discounted overall. The food was delicious. Some of the best chinese food I've tasted. The service was attentive but not annoying. Our table had a view of Big Ben.

Only down side was that an order of 'coke' came in quite a small glass and was a little flat. The wine was fine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on 25 August 2012

Zen China is tucked away in County Hall, so despite the great location overlooking the River Thames/Houses of Parliament it is pleasantly quiet inside. The food was delicious, the service was great and they even brought out a special surprise desert with a candle for my husband's birthday! Would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be returning in the future!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 19 April 2012

Zen China Restaurant was easy to find and has a nice embience. The service was good,attentive and friendly. We will go there again.

Thanks Zen!

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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 12 April 2012

Zen China London - a great oasis away from the maddening crowd outside. Great views sitting looking at Big Ben, friendly staff and good food.Wonderful spot for lunch with my American guest who was very impressed. Thank You

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 (London)·Dined on 22 March 2012

Decent food - decent service , but expensive!
4 pound for a bowl of steam rice shocked me.
Without the 35% deal - it would be way too much ...

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 (London)·Dined on 17 March 2012

Zen China Restuarant is an excellent choice. We are return customers- great food, location and service

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 (London)·Dined on 14 March 2012

Very polite and friendly staff / waitresses, they make you feel very special, great view, very clean and beautiful decoration and table clothings, comfortable chairs, we want to go back again

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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