The best in Chinese food has a home in the heart of Paddington at East London: a quirky restaurant that holds culinary traditions, genuine flavour, great service and a buzzing ambience at its core. East London takes over the top floor of the iconic London Hotel in its prime corner spot on Paddington’s quaint Underwood Street. While downstairs may be all about pizzas and pub food, upstairs takes on an oriental charm, dishing up traditional Sichuan and Shanghainese dishes.
Colour lights up the room in the form of delicious dumplings, vibrant traditional Chinese dishes and exotic cocktails. Fragrances linger in the air that will set your stomach in anticipation as you enter, satisfied only by a decadent meal that features all the crowd favourites. Opt for the bug meat, prawn, chilli and Sichuan pepper wontons to start, following by the iconic East London Bang Bang chicken with ginger, sesame, chilli and peanuts. To the side, add some Kung Pao Brussel sprouts topped with almonds, or flavoursome ginger and garlic Chinese greens and satisfaction is yours by the mouthful.
You won’t miss the cocktail bar as you waltz up the stairs, being the perfect first stop on your way to your table. Asian inspired cocktails like the Samurai spritz with Aperol, yuzu sake, grapefruit and prosecco, or the Aloe Aloe with Beefeater gin, St Germaine elderflower liquor, lychee and apple essence and topped with aloe vera soda are a wonderful match to the traditional flavours showcased in the food. Of course, innovative takes on classics like the humble espresso martini (flavoured with salted caramel) are also being shaken up in high demand. If it’s wine you lust after, a carefully curated list of Australian and a few international drops are on rotation, as well as tap beers, ciders and spirits.
East London’s sleek fit out with exposed brickwork juxtaposed with stark white windows create a stripped back finish that ensures that the food is the star of the show. Rustic timber tables and stools sprawl across the restaurant, perfect for sharing in true Asian culinary style. Whatever the occasion, sharing top tier Chinese food is always a good idea, and East London is a great place to start.