Sichuan-Folk Chinese Restaurant in London's East End has just about the coolest location of any Chinese restaurant in London: right on Hanbury Street, the main route between Spitalfields markets and Brick Lane. Its location alone would be enough to make it popular with students and locals needing a quick, economical nosh, but Sichuan-Folk is the real deal: a reasonably authentic Chinese restaurant with a focus on Sichuan cuisine and with a few intriguing dishes to tempt the punter. Try the Sichuan-folk special-flavoured chicken or peng-peng crab or jump right in to the frog legs with pickled ginger. There are vegetarian options and children are welcome. The dining room is cosy with Eastern-motif-painted walls, dark wooden tables and seating and trad tassled silk lamps. Sichuan-Folk is still a great choice for quick meals, but the food and the warm welcome lift the restaurant into something more.
£25 and under
Venue Details & Map
Sichuan-Folk Chinese Restaurant
32 Hanbury StreetShadwellLondonE1 6QR
- +44 (0)20 7247 4735
- Public transport:
- Shoreditch, Underground
The menu had so many different things that we wanted to try that it was a struggle to decide on what to order. It's definitely a spot worth going to if you have a lot of people so you can try an array of things.
We started with a mixed appetiser plate which included green beans, chicken and bamboo shoots in some sort of peanut sauce, short ribs in a sweet sauce with sesame seeds, some sort...more
This place delivered some solid Chinese food on a cold winter's day.
The signature dumplings were a tasty start to the meal--not your boring run-of-the mill dumplings with sauce but ones that were bursting with flavor and scallions.
I loved the twice cooked pork with the soft buns, good green beans with pork (a house specialty) and prawns with cashews.
It all went down well and was more than...more
When its frosty outside, the best remedy is hot pot, also known as steamboat)! For those who don't know what hot pot is - it's a communal way of cooking and eating your food in a pot of broth (assorted varieties). It's a cozy way to eat, so I'm always stoked to have this whenever it gets chilly outside!
Sichuan Folk serves other Szechuan dishes, aside from hot pot - but we were there only...more
Just had a very tasty lunch, and remarkable value also.
Twice cooked pork with rice and a bowl of Daily soup, a pork consomme type of soup, were very good. Make sure you ask for the chilli oil which has a fantastic smokey flavour, and a good bang of heat, great value for £6.50
I will be backmore
Me like this place. Despite it being in the trendiest neighbourhood (not?), Sichuan Folk feels like a hole in the wall and it is exactly this non-pretentiousness that I appreciate so much about this place.
Plus, they do offer quite good and authentic Chinese food. Ideally, you're with someone who is familiar with that cuisine, but even if you're not, simple ask the friendly staff for some...more