Yimchai

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72 reviews
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£25 and under
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Chinese
Welcome to Yimchai, an unique cafe serving oriental food.
"Yimchai" name is inspired by a Chinese style brunch tea, which involves drinking Chinese tea and eating hot bun. It is a common choice for families, friends, colleagues and groups of people to get together and catch up.
At Yimchai we combine the coffee culture with Oriental eating, and create this unique cafe restaurant which you can have a freshly cooked oriental meal with your regular choice of coffee or a pot of our specialty Chinese tea.

10% services charge will be added for party of 8 or above
What 72 People Are Saying
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G
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was really divine, though the portions are very large! Really fresh, with a great choice of traditional regional and more Anglicized dishes. Staff were very friendly except for one who was a little nervous - perhaps quite shy or maybe new. Good venue for a quiet meal as the music is not intrusive and the tables not too close together.

E
London
18 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely foods and service.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really excellent Cantonese food in Kingston. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food in here is fresh, delicious, and most importantly, authentic. The vegetable dumplings were melt in the mouth standard, the roasted duck was some of the best i've ever had and the staff were delightful. Much better than anything i've had in Chinatown.

A
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good plentiful delicious food with great service. Really liked the ho fun with beef. Thank you.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good as always

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant food and service as always

GF
London
186 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always love this place. While not the cheapest the food is always so fresh and beautifully flavoured.

f
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yimchai has an interesting menu with something for everyone. We wanted a cheap dinner and chose this based on price, so had limited expectations. We have found some other Chinese to be overly sweet, gloopy or greasy, but none of that here; all the different dishes we had were really excellent - looked great, generous portions and very tasty. Service was quick and friendly. Decor a little odd, but restaurant clean and comfortable and close to station. Exceedingly good value overall, we'll definitely be back.

RL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious and service friendly. Highly recommend the steamed Seabass. Ambience and decor didn't match the quality of the food.

MG
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a family dinner. We all loved and enjoyed the meal. Definately one of the best on my books

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great Price. Nothing more needs to be said.

GF
London
186 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great local restaurant where the food is always freshly made and good portions plus they do left overs to go. Not the cheapest but well worth the trip.

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for vegetarians, portions are large, food is tasty and service is great. Wing masked each visit a pleasure.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Aside from them almost forgetting to bring the rest of our food. Its pretty much spot on . Decor was good. Food was tasty. Staff were pleasant. Manager was very friendly

SB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

What a great find - really enjoyed our meal which was very tasty and great quality. Place was absolutely packed which is always a good sign and this was why service was probably a bit slow. Will be back here soon!

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Lovely modern clean restaurant. Brilliant for date night.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food came out very quick and was tasty.

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

Always really good quality food here. Service sometimes questionable

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, the staff are really attentive and the food is really great and tasty.

EL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue for good value, informal, oriental dining.

OT
London
36 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food; spicy Szechuan. Good value with large portions. Best outside of Chinatown and Soho

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sunday lunch for two. A lovely experience all round

LB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole family, including grandparents love this place. Amazing service, fabulous food. Everything we have tried has been delicious. Great Peking duck pancakes which we all love and wonderful value for money. Thoroughly recommend to anyone in the Kingston area

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place, really enjoy every visit with fantastic food.

PT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall I found the food to be very good I would have liked a couple of our dishes a bit more spicy (we did request for them to be spicier) friendly staff and good service

GF
London
186 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place and the accompanying veg is the best I have had. Food is very fresh and top quality. Not the cheapest but def worth it.

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic HK cafe food in Kingston London. With Carnaby Street Car Park right next to it is convenient for people who drive.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and a varied menu. The staff were very friendly but were a bit scarce even though the restaurant was not full. Very clean and well decorated.

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and nice staff

GF
London
186 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place which has now probably been open for about 12 months. Off the beaten track button Kingston but finally getting the level of custom it deserves. Good exceedingly fresh and the best noodles you can find

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Yimchai for the first time to celebrate a birthday. Excellent food and excellent service!

MS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great modern Chinese. Innovative menu and great food and service.

MS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Yimchai has a varied menu with quite interesting items such as soft shell crab. It is good value and the food is most enjoyable.

LB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff who are getting to know us now we are becoming regulars. Food consistently excellent and friendly helpful staff. Lovely atmosphere, we always have a lovely meal here.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great people!

LM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant in the midst of Kingston, nearby the train station. Went there for a food date before our movie and were delighted to find the food authentic and delicious. This, coming from someone who's lived in China. The food and plating was modern, beautiful, and we ate everything. The pricing isn't bad considering what you get is actual food from China and East Asia.

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

I had XO mixed seafood Udon. Very nice. Service was great and atmosphere was calm. Very clean place and well presented. Will definitely go again.

V
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at YimChai. The food and drink there are mainly Cantonese cafe style. Chinese food is all about sharing. We ordered a few dishes to share... love the salted egg yolk coated prawns, my kids love the dumplings 🥟.

The service there is very thoughtful and friendly. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely come back!

YY
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitresses were lovely. Some food was excellent, best roast duck in town.

m
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant by chance and it's probably one of the best Chinese I've ever had! The food was oh so delicious and the waiters were very friendly. We will be back!

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