Yi-Ban

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£26 to £40
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Chinese

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Yi-Ban Chinese restaurant in London’s Docklands overlooking the London Regatta Centre has a vast, soaring dining room that gives every table a view of the water, City Airport and the skyline of East London. It faces south so the place is awash in sunlight at lunchtime. There are smart, sleek design details everywhere in the groovy bar, the cool restaurant, even on the linger-inducing terrace with some Chinese red and gold tactfully employed a well. Yi-Ban translates as First Class, so you know how high this establishment is aiming. Yi-Ban has the traditional gigantic Chinese menu, including classic dishes and dim sum, with particular emphasis on the fish and seafood. We always go for Peking or crispy duck, but the shark's fin soup is a favourite, as are the noodle dishes. The full bar with view and terrace makes this a terrific place to gather after work.
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JG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food in a pleasant setting.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food as always, it was CNY so very busy and service was a little slow

KM
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view to the City Airport. Food is very nice too. Parking is not free.

JS
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Bring back the live music. I remember the days with the singers so sorely missed.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Yi-Ban. Food and service both great. Best place to eat near the ExCel.

M
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is a family favourite and as usual the food was great. Still find it quite expensive, so only visit on special occasions.

B
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When you arrive outside it’s not obvious you are arriving at a restaurant, it’s such a vast building. You step inside and there is a massive staircase! There is a lift! No reception at street level so you are a little unsure as a result of that there is a restaurant there!. But we ventured upstairs to see what was there and saw a big sign for the restaurant. Saw 2 sets of double doors. Went in, lots of diners, but nobody to actually greet us. Stood there about 30 seconds before we just walked in to the room more and THEN someone made contact. Probably need to work on their meet n greet procedures. Anyway.
Great table overlooking the water with far reaching views to the city. I had requested a round table which was near the window and they had it exactly as I requested. Service was good, and our waitress was smiley. Went for set menu. We had someone in our party with a moderate nut allergy. There menu clearly asks you if you have allergies and to let them know. Which we did. She advised they not eat the aromatic duck as nuts are involved in the cooking but in our food selection that was the only item. The food was great. There were 6 of us but we ordered set menu for 5 people and it was enough food with very little left over. They should really improve the entrance with some signage and have a better reception desk as you walk in to the place but that’s my only real suggestion for improvement.
Food is not radically amazing but it’s good Chinese, served hot, tasted good. Nobody voiced any issue with food, we had a great laugh too, felt relaxed and service was not overly intrusive. We had 3 bottles of wine, which is sensibly priced. Total bill including wine and starter platter as part of the set menu was £40 each including service charge, which we all thought was good value.
Just needs more kerb appeal and I think it would improve the place a lot. But would go again for sure.

Z
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food.

DA
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quality food although not amazing. Service was efficient and friendly. Nice outlook over City Airport and river Thames. Would go there again and try the soft shell crab and salt & pepper squid. We went for Menu B for 2 and there was more than enough to eat. The Wine was rather expensive and should have been chilled more. Handy location if staying at ALoft hotel.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The roast duck (off the bone as requested; but with an unannounced and unexpected £1 extra charge!) and crispy pork were good. The ordered vegetables were ok. Singapore noodles so-so. The mixed seafood platter was definitely overpriced!

Service seemed uncoordinated without an apparent dedicated waiter to our table. It was very noisy so if we return, it'll probably be for lunch instead.

I asked for the service charge to be taken off the bill and this was done promptly and without comment. I prefer to give tips in cash direct to the waiting staff.

We would still go back but definitely not during their expected busy periods. The noise ruins the experience I think.

HA
London
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Open Table app didn't work, they weren't expecting us when we turned up.
Despite this we were found a table by the window which was appreciated.
Nice food, quick service. Staff could do with being a bit more smiley.

L
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The reason for low stars, I booked the table andcdomeone else had said they were me and had our table, the man who was attending us at first was flippant but the girlsvthee sorted us out near the window, food was lush, and the only other poor rating was not a good choice of desserts

SJ
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very lovely setting and good food for a reasonable price.

W
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very expensive. Service poor. Place dated. Wont go back again.

A
Bristol
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was tasty and the service was lightning quick.

If you don't mind the sound of planes taking off every 5 minutes and it taking 3 days for an email to be confirmed for reservation, then this is the place for you!

MP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and delivered quickly... There was 7 of us and we went for a banquet...

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Didn’t get a seat by the window as requested but the food and service was good.

T
London
53 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food quality at Yi-Ban is consistently good. Service is efficient and friendly. Decor is simply and practical, however lots of hard bare surfaces means it tends to be quite noisy especially when busy.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Brilliant! Great view, great food, good portion, friendly staffs!

g
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really good cantonese with fresh ingredients.

H
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had previously been to Yi-Ban, and wanted our children to also experience this restaurant. Top venue, top service, top quality food, easy to book a table via the website. Excellent evening that we will all remember. Food was outstanding. Perfect evening.

E
London
191 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced and very little meat in the portions. But very nice view of the airport & water.

GB
London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and quick to be served, attentive staff +++

AM
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table on line
Very good service
Food was excellent
Very busy but staff were very attentive
Good ambiance

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

bad bad bad

OS
London
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very noisy place but the food is so good and super fast service. I would gladly come for dinner again!

KW
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A busy restaurant but the family and I were extremely happy with the food and and quick service offered by the waiters. I would definitely go there again.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

I reserved a table for 4 and was placed on a table for 8+. So I had to request to be reseated. They did so with some hesitation. Had to pay for parking. Very noisy, no ambience.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice middle-market Chinese restaurant with great views over London city airport. Food was good, although service was a little slow. I had booked this place for a quiet dinner for two, but the design and furnishing of the restaurant mean that when full, it is really quite noisy. If you are looking for somewhere stylish & modern for a fun night out, this is it. If you are planning a romantic dinner for two - probably not.

Very important note: the carpark immediately outside is pay-by-phone with fees payable at all times (24x7x365). It is also regularly patrolled. So, don't forget to complete parking payment before you enter the restaurant.

MC
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and good value. Love the airy space overlooking Royal Albert Dock.

T
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I definitely would NOT return to try more dishes. The wanton soup and galric asparagus was terrible. Service was well-timed and friendly though.

S
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The dim sum was really tasty and good value for money. Porridge was a bit tasteless. The Vietnamese coffee was delicious. A good variety of dim sum for a good price as well. Would definitely go back again!

DW
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good, attentive staff. Food was huge in portion-size and tasty but not high-brow chinese. we loved watching the planes take-off and land and then the snow fall. Nice atmosphere - all ages and groups. Good for a casual meal, noodles were yummy.

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant overlooking the dock and City Airport. Food and service excellent. Reasonably priced. My party of three had a set meal. Plenty of food.

m
Essex
38 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was OK, food & service was average, price was good

D
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty food and very quick service

M
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice food overlooking the City Airport. Try to get a table near the window to watch the planes come in and out. Food great, back 2 nights in a row and been in previous years with events at the London excel centre this is very close by.
Food great, the banquets are great value and service pretty good. Chinese beers and very nice Sauvignon Blanc.
Would advise booking via Open Table as it is always busy.

EM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The entrance is a bit worrying- I honestly thought the restaurant must have closed down! From a car park- enter through what looks like office door and go up some service stairs. In side the restaurant saying that it was buzzing. Big round tables which I like. Completely bright spot lighting so certainly not a cosy ambiance and extremely spartan decor.
Food was medium to good standard Chinese fare at reasonable prices. Would go here for a group meal but not a romantic evening for 2 which was what we wanted. All in all perfectly fine for a friendly casual group night out.

HE
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant is well situated with on site parking and views of the river. Food was lovely and good value for money. We had a set meal for 2 : starter platter, duck and pancakes, spicy beef steak, sweet and sour prawns, vegetables and chicken in black bean sauce and special fried rice. All this for £28 each.

P
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We reserved a table for my mums birthday, only to arrive and be told there is a 30 minute wait as there were no tables available due to a party being held. The staff were also quite unhelpful and didn't seem to speak English well enough to understand what I was saying. They kept telling me to ask the manager but didn't show me who the manager is. We ended up leaving and going to a different restaurant nearby. I don't understand why bookings were being taken if they knew it would be extra busy that night.