XU Teahouse & Restaurant

4.3
37 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Located in the heart of London’s theatre land, XU Teahouse & Restaurant is reminiscent of the Taiwanese social clubs and luxury dining rooms of the 1930s, offering a unique journey into Taiwanese culture and cuisine, from its food, cocktails and tea offerings through to its interiors.


The restaurant is situated over two floors: ground floor tea rooms, Mahjong rooms and the first floor dining room. During the day the ground floor lends itself as a Taiwanese teahouse and by night experience a bustling Taiwanese brasserie.


The interiors of XU are glamorous and elegant, incorporating warm rich wood paneling an emerald lacquered tea kiosk, handprinted murals, and a Longifolia Tree.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12 - 3pm, 5-11pm


Friday - Saturday: 12-11pm


Sunday: 12 - 10pm

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Phone number
020 3319 8147
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Shing Tat Chung and Erchen Chang
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Additional
Bar Dining, Happy Hour, High Tea, Private Room, Wine
What 37 People Are Saying
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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent place, high quality cuisine, portions a little small the only negative.

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NO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food, even better atmosphere and design . Would definitely go back for more soon

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was nice but bit over priced for what we got, beef on rice was bit dry and had not much taste, dumplings where great, chili crab too.

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l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of the most beuatiful dining rooms in London. And the food lives to up the expectation every time.

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M
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Not so tasty
Very expensive
Sweet potato dumplings were not tasty at all
Chicken in sauce dish cost 25$

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming authentic (?) atmosphere. Very tasty food in small portions.

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P
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Decided to try despite reviews but were also disappointed. Nice atmosphere - setting is great. Very stylish, spacious table. Food not so great - some things were cold and all very salty. Salt level was so bad we were unsure whether it could have been MSG or not. Can get better food for a better price in China town next door, especially the dumplings. A nice experience thanks to the decor but will not return. A posh spin on Taiwanese food that doesn’t hit the mark or justify the price point.

Good dishes:
XO Bone Marrow Scallop, Beef Pancake, Shou Pa Chicken, Lardo Lard Onion Rice

Okay dishes:
Ba Kwa, Xian Bing, Grilled Quail

Would not recommend:
Taro Dumpling, Chilli Crab, Ma Lai Cake

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L
London
60 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our first visit to Xu, the overall impression is great! As my friend is a vegetarian, so we only ordered veg dishes. Our favourite dumplings are the Mixed mushroom dumplings in sichuan chilli oil as well as the Sweet potaoes taro dumplings. Not so much of a fan of the Spring Xian Bing Fennel & Glass noodle. Also order the vegetarian Mapo tofu, and it's just so-so. Would try some other meat dishes the next time.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Modern and creative Taiwanese food - dumplings to die for and perfectly cooked (and seasoned) Shou Pa chicken. Would definitely go again to try more of the ala carte. The lunch menu is fairly limited but good enough for the first time

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful decor and great Taiwanese food at reasonable prices.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From XU's wonderful authentic food, attentive and friendly service and beautiful surroundings, I would highly recommend this restaurant,and indeed already have to friend's and family.From our starters through to dessert, everything was astoundingly delicious and perfectly balanced. The tea we chose was tasty and served with care.

The service of each course was extremely timely and the wait staff were professional and accommodating. The surroundings of the restaurant are beautiful, especially in the upper, larger part of the restaurant.

My only small criticism would be that the table we sat at was a little small for the many dishes and cups that were involved on our meal, but I am sure this would not be a problem with most other tables; as we were a party of two who chose to sit in a corner area.

For the quality of the food, level of service and care taken, the overall price was well worth it

Depending on your budget and how much your order, this place would be perfect for a special occasion or just to drop in and sample the delights of their menu.

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a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Xu was a very nice upscale asian restaurant. I absolutely loved the interiors. The decor was immaculate and I felt like I was transformed into a 1950's set in traditional tea house in the mountains somewhere. The food was beautifully presented, however a bit oily for my taste. Being Taiwanese myself, I was hoping for some traditional cuisine but realized it was more of a fusion which was a nice change. Was great to try the scallops,crab and the beef in cast iron skillet but again a bit too heavy for me.

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RG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Interesting, beautifully presented and a bit different. We loved it for our pre theatre meal. Limited and expensive wine list. Lovely staff, a bit slow in the drinks when we arrived, but good advice in food quantities. The portions were a bit small but we were advised correctly in overall quantities. Would definitely go back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomonal flavours. Wonderful service and a beautiful space. I adore this place.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service and ambience all 1st class. Would certainly recommend and will certainly make further visits.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dinning experience,and refreshingly different decor.A little gem.

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B
London
32 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience; delicate and delicious dumplings. Will be back to try dinner menus.

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c
London
43 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious food - would return if only for the rice with the lardons! mmm!

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, I really liked the place. We were seated at once even if we were 15 minutes early and got a good table. I booked this place a month ago so I was excited to try it out. Service was excellent throughout the evening. The decor was nice but did not feel authentic enough, maybe because it wasn't covered completely through the ceiling with dark wood. The food was very good overall. My top dishes were the Chicken wings, Aged beef & Tofu which were all excellent dishes. The Taiwanese beer was also amazing which says a lot coming for someone who is not a big fan of beer. Overall the place is well worth a visit and good value for money.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Will definitely be returning

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I was a bit disappointed for only having the lunch menu available. Not like before where we had the whole Carte.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Refined, regional Chinese cuisine with a twist. The dishes and sauces were done very well and authentic. Some dishes I have not seen since I was a child in East Asia. The decor took me back in time too.

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OT
London
38 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good value.
Nice.

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Excellent food too though the dishes are delicate rather than punchy (apart from the beef tendon which was fiery). I had expected more complex flavouring. Don't get me wrong, the food was very tasty ( I've heard it is meant to be authentic but with a Westernised edge) That said, I don't think £18.50 for chicken breast and crispy skin was justified, however succulent and well flavoured.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food I have tasted for a long time! Let bed the interior; takes you back to the 1930’!

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with interesting menu. Waiter was excellent at suggesting and describing dishes. Desserts both lovely and complemented each other. Table a little too tiny. Would go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It worth trying

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food:)

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W
London
30 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a really original venue and certainly feels unique.
A gentle ambiance makes one feels we had stepped into a 1920s Chinese tea house.
The staff were good at guiding us through the menu. The food was delicate, delicious and well presented. Definitely worth it for understated style and food.

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Quick attentive service but frankly the food is over-priced for what it is. I am quite familiar with Taiwanese food and even my Taiwanese friend and I agreed it wasn't exactly authentic. Doesn't make it bad food, just don't expect it to be true Taiwanese.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch at Xu. The service was friendly & efficient, the food was delicious & the range of whiskes was especially notable.

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KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was utterly delicious and I have zero hesitation returning to eat, every meal, for the next month. If Xu can arrange this I would be most appreciative!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Went for lunch and dinner. Big difference in service on each occasion. Dinner was at 9:30 so not too late. But staff were non existent or else readying to pack up for the night. No one asked for more drinks. When we asked bar tender had left his station. Service was generally very poor. Kitchen had long lapse between dishes. Just poor management. Shame because quality of food is good and deserves better management especially in the evenings.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved this place! Attentive service and great food. The price was extremely sensible too!

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k
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, great service. Absolutely spot on for a business lunch and will definitely be returning

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great about Xu, I can't wait to return

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