Dragon Inn Club

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£25 and under
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Chinese (Sichuan)

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Dragon Inn Club is the most secret hideaway venue featuring ancient dark wood bamboo, authentic ornaments and decor recreating the voyage of the Silk Road.

On the ground floor is a casual dining zone, where you can pop in for a bit of dim sum, Sichuan noodles or street market styles all plates. On the lower ground floor, diners can enjoy a drink at the bar and choose to eat at either the Dragon Dining Room or in the hot pot ‘Temple Room’. For something more intimate, there’s a Private Dining Suite and eight Private Booths along the Silk Passage to choose individually named.

The cocktail bar offers a unique variety of drinks showcasing the Dragon Inn Club experience. But while the food might be a modern take on Sichuan cooking, the décor, which features antique furniture and accessories imported from China, makes you feel like you’ve stepped into 8th century China.
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Bloreboy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good food, but the music was a bit loud. Would go back there again for more business lunches.

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vipCharlie
London
214 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very hidden little gem! I’ve lived around the corner for years and had no idea this place exists.

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vipCrouchEnders56
London
69 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We didn't really give this place a fair shot because we were just grabbing a quick meal before going to the theatre. The food, when it came, was excellent, but because it is all prepared properly it all took longer than we had allowed for and we were running short of time. The staff were very helpful and we ended up taking half the food away with us and eating it at home the following evening. I can definitely recommend the wagyu beef. Because we were eating so early the restaurant was somewhat lacking in atmosphere but it certainly had a good feel to the place and I'm sure would be fun at a more conventional hour. We were encouraged that a lot of Chinese people were eating there. Would definitely go back when we don't have a show to go to.

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londondiner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The waiter was rude and aggressive after we asked for bill.

He asked us for cash payment and claimed they had a problem with the card payment machine. The bill came out over 110 pounds and we did not order alcoholic drinks (it was also presented to us on a non-VAT receipt) and he insisted it's cash only. We questioned why we haven't informed with this issue before ordering, he replied this happened just now very impatiently. The restaurant is 10 mins walk from the Victoria train station and we would have to walk there and back for the payment. When we asked them to remove the discretionary service charge because of the hassle, he refused to do so and questioned us why we were not happy with the service arrogantly. I feel very embarrassed in front of other dinners.

I didn't pay attention how other dinner paid for their bills. However, I've noticed the restaurant arranged non-Chinese looking customers on the ground floor, and we were taken to the basement level and seated with other Chinese dinners.

To be fair, the food was decent but pricy, the deco is interesting, and the service before that was tolerable. We had to ask for the drink menu twice and the staff were busy so not very tentative.

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vipFinedininginLondon
London
100 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dragon Inn may have been going for a long time but this was the first time I had tried it. Very good chinese food. Dim Sum excellent. Wine reasonable value and crackers provided at the start which is always a nice touch. Will be going again.

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type2a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended if you like hot pot - I made a review about their soup broth last time after I visited, which was the only thing I wasn’t satisfied; the spicy soup was a bit too light. This time they changed the spicy soup broth much more flavourful and it was very delicious. All their ingredients were very fresh and my favourite was the pork belly. Another surprise was that, I didn’t feel thirsty in between the hot pot because usually you would find yourself super thirsty and finish a few cans of soft drinks or water. This could mean they didn’t add MSG in their soup! on top of that I always love their service. Very happy and would definitely go back again.

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Brentie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food here was genuinely very good. service was a little flaky, but everyone was charming and errors were removed from the bill. The chef's quality though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was terrible -- the busboy poured water and tried to hand it to me and I said thanks you can put it on the table and he insisted I take it from him. Bizarre. My friend and I each ordered a starter and a main and the waitress goes what do you want to start with and we replied "the starters" and she goes okay so you want the starters first? And then the mains? And seemed genuinely confused by this. When we finished our starters she asked if we were ready for our mains to be brought to the table and we said yes. They came out about 25 minutes later even though we said we were ready for them. The kung pao chicken was one of the worst dishes I have ever had in a restaurant. It's amazing how something which had so many elements to it could taste like absolutely nothing. I couldn't even eat half of it it was so bland -- it might as well have been cardboard. One of the waiters seemed genuinely offended when I said I was done. They brought over dessert menus and the waitress came back with the bill but no one asked us if we actually wanted dessert despite giving us dessert menus, they just brought the bill. I took out my card and was holding it in my hand but my friend hadn't taken out her card yet. The waiter came over with the card reader and proceeded to take my card out of my hand, even though it was IN my hand, not on the table with the bill or in the holder the bill came in and I said sorry we're not ready yet and he goes okay well you had your card in your hand and sighed and rolled his eye and walked away with his hands in the air as I was irritating him -- it was rude. Then my friend went to the bathroom and the same rude waiter came back and asked if I wanted to take some shots. It was so weird not to mention inappropriate -- I doubt he would have done that if I was a man -- and I said no thank you and just went to wait upstairs for my friend because I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible.

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andrews
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A unique and unusual breath of fresh air in Pimlico, excellent in every way

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vipRichard123
London
75 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our third visit to this promising Pimlico Italian. We've yet to have any dud dishes, and most are very good indeed.

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RaniB
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We visited for the £10 set lunch which was incredible value. Our waiter was lovely and the food great. The only downside was that there was quite a loud fan running for most of our meal and it took a really long time for the food to be served. The restaurant was empty so there was no reason why the food took so long.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food!!!

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vipianc
London
36 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience yet again. Good value but best of all fantastic food.

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vipPaulaM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service, large portions to share!

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KatyP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quite a unique place, with interesting design creating lots of different spaces. Food was delicious, really beautiful & tasty. Only reason for slightly lower rating on ambience was we were put in the furthest area of the basement dining room & once the other table had gone we were on our own. The buzz in main space would have been better.

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type2a
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the freshness of the food, ambience, customer services and the interior design of the restaurant. The only thing that we thought it could improve were the hot pot broth, not rich and tasty enough. For this price we expect more for the soup and that will make us come back. Particularly liked the pork belly for hot pot, was super fresh and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good service and decent food. Only downside is that it’s not super authentic - speaking as a Chinese. We would definitely bring our (non-Chinese) visitors here though!

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AngelC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter weekend. attentive service. Dishes were quite authentic. Layout and atmosphere is quite special. Definitely want to go back to try their hotpot.

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JeanineH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese food in London. The softshell crab is amazing and the dim sums are excellent. Will definitely be back again.
Great staff who know their stuff!

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vipFInediner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great new addition to an already vibrant restaurant scene in Pimlico/Victoria. Really delicious food, first class service and a great atmosphere. And a number of different types of dining experiences are on offer too with their hot pot tables, trendy bar, private booths and a set of conventional high-end dining areas.

Highly recommended.

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MCWRENN
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a tough time even finding a number of places to choose from for a late lunch/early dinner in the neighbourhood. It's tricking trying to eat *before* an evening theatre performance. We were delighted with the service and the food at the Dragon Inn. Best Chinese food I've had in the UK so far. We will absolutely be back. They do amazing things with squid... and with aubergine (but not in the same dish). I'm sure it picks up in the evenings but it was nice and quiet in there late in the afternoon, which is just what we wanted.

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AntheaS
Buckinghamshire
14 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What an unexpected find this restaurant was! There are many linked dining areas and each is fitted out entirely differently. The overall impression was great and this together with the warm and professional welcome provides a real lift on arrival. The service was fantastic throughout and the food, presentation and taste, really different. Highly recommended

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BarryV
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff were really attentive and the downstairs area looked really authentic. Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience3

They were kind enough to offer a complimentary birthday desert as requested for by girlfriend, however their food lacked finesse, flavour and was drowned in oil.
The food did not deserve its price tag.

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vipianc
London
36 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal hey again. Will definitely be back.

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Omario
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was great

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vipTooLazyToCook
London
131 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had dinner with hubby, and was very impressed with the service. The lovely waitress and waiter couldn’t do more for us! We tried a lot of dishes, and my favourite is soft shell crab, a lot better than other places I’ve had it, crispy and fresh. The aubergine dish is too strong for our taste, but the dumplings and cold chicken dishes both excellent. The beef clay pot is a bit bland, but the meat was tender. The dessert (coconut and red bean pannacotta with green tea ice cream) was nicely presented and taste great. Will be back!

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JerryB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quirky Chinese conveniently close to Victoria station. The Szechuan dishes were very flavoursome and spicy. The alcove tables provided an intimate, if slightly chilly, atmosphere.

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hales
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fabulous new favourite of mine. It has all that I look for in a good restaurant: great ambience and great food where you can have conversation and enjoy in different occasions.

One little point I would made is that when I made the booking I requested a good table as we were celebrating the Chinese New Year, they wanted to sit us at the entrance/ground floor which is a mere Chinese bar/bistro. I am glad we inquired and discovered downstairs which is a totally different world. I wonder why they chose to do this even though I sent a note.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Whilst the staff were friendly and lovely, they seemed under trained. Cocktails took forever to make (and mine was missing an ingredient). Once at our table, starters came promptly but then we had a 90 minute wait for mains. It turned out that our waiter hadn’t processed our order properly. The manager & waiter were very apologetic, and they comp’d us our drinks. Hopefully they’ll iron out the service problems because the food was excellent.

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JamesF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was unfortunately left a little underwhelmed mainly due to the price points here.
Personally I have no issue in paying well but with higher prices I expect higher quality.
Sadly that is not the case here.
The food is very acceptable and the waiters are very pleasant .
Let down by the by the delivery, three of us eating and yer our starters arrived about 5 minutes apart and the same happens with the main course.
Also when I order a dish like Sichuan fraigrant spiced fillet steak Big bowl @ £26 I expect something rather special. However a bowl that has only a little meat that can only just be seen under an over abundance of dried chilli’s is not such a dish.
Again it was pleasantly average.

In closing I’m not saying this is a bad establishment, however there are many places that offer better quality for less and equally pleanty of places that for the same costs will offer more.

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vipEmily
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is good, atmosphere is great and very Chinese. Service is excellent, and very impressed that they said “Happy Chinese New Year” to us in mandarin.
Will definitely go back again.
Just one thing - when I booked it said 30% off for whole menu but we didn’t have any discounts on the bill. Not realized until we left so we didn’t go back and ask.

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Azabumark
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Slightly off the beaten track near Victoria Station. Cool den like decor. Good for a fun night with friends. Nice discount with Open Table booking. Great food and attentive service.

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vipOpenTableDiner
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It takes a certain kind of restaurant team member to continue smiling when faced with the issue of flooding, having to move all reservations into the upstairs (much smaller) space, deal with the noise and vibrations of Thames Water digging up the road out the front of the restaurant AND then switching off their water! But that is exactly what the team at Dragon Inn Club were doing when we visited. They were very friendly and attentive to everyone in the busy restaurant. This was a fantastic place to catch up with a friend (who used to live in China so has high standards) and share a variety of dishes - sea spiced aubergine, a clay pot with tofu & mushrooms, soft shell crab (beautifully presented with an abundance of chillies) and even the vegetable fried rice was some of the best I have ever had! We were very pleased (and fully stuffed) with our food and the 30% off promotion made it all the sweeter! Keep up the good work Dragon Inn Club and you'll probably need to start dragging guests out!

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vipXY12345
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

got 30% on the menu which is really good value of money. Service is good, as well as ambience. Will come back.

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vipianc
London
36 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is one of the best I have been to. It is a Chinese that is so different. We were guided through the menu and the food was outstanding.

Very affordable with 30% offer.

Cannot recommend enough. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent customer service, great choice of authentic Sichuan dishes on the menu, reasonable prices and some quirky places to sit, including private booths in the basement.

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Poshnosh123
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable meal. I'm vegetarian so had delicious spring rolls to start followed by a very tasty mushroom and tofu dish. Staff were attentive. Food was very fresh and ambience nice. It was good value with the discount on Al a carte. Overall a great evening.

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vipRichard123
London
75 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Recently established in a not-especially-obvious Pimlico location, this new Chinese restaurant was impressively full on our Saturday night visit. Ignore the relatively unatmospheric ground floor (which gives a rather misleading impression) - downstairs is 'where the action is'. Given that this looks as if this might be 'just a party place', the food is consistently good and interesting too, and service assiduous.

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LaraRoussel
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Sichuan cuisine, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The Ma Po Tofu the best I've had outside Asia. The 30% off a la carte deal made it excellent value, I hope to go back soon!

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Dragon Inn Club is rated 4.4 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.