XU Teahouse & Restaurant

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£26 to £40
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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.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Did not honor the reservation, despite my companion showing them the reservation copy. No point allowing a reservation and then not honoring it. Waste of time and money..

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food. we went for the afternoon tea and were expecting to have a better offering of the food items. Being out for afternoon teas quite often we are used to being able to reorder some items. Unfortunately this was not possible here. Very disappointed with that as the food overall was excellent.
Not even tea as only 2 pots allowed and think we were on a table of 3 people. Not a good value for money I’d say, we left the place still hungry :(

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed for the food!

NL
London
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely pre theater meal although the servings were quite small

E
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good!!
I highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

店のホームページにプレシアターがあったので予約しました。
しかしながらか今日だけはそのメニューがないとの話でした。
そのような記載はホームページになく、またメール等での案内もなかったと主張しましたが、受け入れられませんでした。オーダーしていないのに出されたお茶が勝手にチャージされていました。
サービス面ではとてもひどい対応を受けました。

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem. Amazing food, cocktails and staff. We're definitely going back and try the tea,too. A bit pricey but completely worth the experience.

g
New England
534 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food. Limited menu, but tasty. Setting was fine (nothing outstanding) and service was attentive but not very personable. Not quite sure what all the fuss is about, but admittedly a good meal at a reasonable price.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is quite nice, though the portion is very small and the not too many options on the menu...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was nice fi e dining style, but the service was disappointing

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth visit and we have not been disappointed with any dish on any visit-Xu is a bit of a treat but delivers every time.

M
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatly enjoyed dining here. Delicious and fantastic atmosphere.

k
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant with friendly service and lovely atmosphere. I wasn't impressed by the food but I haven't tried any of the fish dishes.

AR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is quite good with a variety of flavors. You have to book a reservation in advance as the space is quite tight and small. The service is quite poor. We had to wait 45 minutes for our food to arrive, we had to complain, in addition, they brought all the food together which turned me off a bit. Overall it's a great experience I have been there twice, would def recommend it to all my friends that want to eat quality food.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Xu is outstanding. The decor is quaint and lovely. You don't care that you are quite close to the other tables because it feels authentic. The food is GREAT.

Only very tiny quibbles: the puddings let down the rest of the food - we wished we had left on a high and had icecream at Gelupo instead! The service was almost a little cloying with a lot of checking that we were happy - and then managed to forget our wine.

I'd still leap at the chance to go back and I literally asked for a doggy bag.

OT
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful and different. Would highly recommend. Great for pre-theatre.

G
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful Taiwanese food! all dumplings are excellent, the mapo tofu is divine (even non-vegetarians liked it a lot), great steamed rice & sticky mushroom rice in a lotus leaf, great cocktails and sake! would recommend it to anyone!!!

L
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the wood decor to the assured professional service, Xu takes you to 1930s China. The food is memorably delicious and special. There is nothing ordinary on the menu. Everything has been prepared with precision.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

The seat arranged for us is under the stairs, which is very annoying if anyone walks on it. I told the waitress several times for another table, but she said it’s not possible due to lack of tables. This weren’t informed to us before reservation, if I know this would be our seat, I would definitely rearrange a date. This is very disappointing!!!

MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience and Vive was great, amazing food with interesting dishes. The char sui pork was Peng!

GC
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend to everyone! Amazing ambiance, very tasty food, beautiful menu design.

U
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food exceptional
Staff even better

SB
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Potentially one of the worst experiences I have had in LDN for some time. Incompetent wait staff who were not aware of what was and was not available for the day.

A friend found a piece of metal in his dish, turned out to be from a dish scourer - the Manager was told and was not particularly bothered nor surprised.

Food was completely mediocre.

LL
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Xu looked wonderful and the lunch lived up to exception although the portions are on the small side, Would like to go back to try dinner.

DK
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

The vegetarian dishes did not meet expectations; especially for the price and reputation of the restaurant. The food was subpar and the service was not great either. The food took ages and it was hard to get the staff's attention. Overall below average experience.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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

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

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 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.

S
London
59 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Simply Lovely - would definitely return. The set menu was great value.

l
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 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.

M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 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$

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

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

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 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

L
London
64 reviews
Dined on May 21, 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.

SD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 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

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

Beautiful decor and great Taiwanese food at reasonable prices.

JM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 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.

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 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.

RG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 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.

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

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

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