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Sichuan - Folk Chinese Restaurant

Spitalfields · Chinese, Sichuan · ££££
73 Reviews

About Sichuan - Folk Chinese Restaurant

Please note that Sichuan-Folk accepts cash payment only and that customers reserving through Quandoo are not eligible for the lunch special. Please bear these things in mind when making your reservation, and thank you for your understanding.

You can find the friendly Sichuan-Folk Chinese restaurant along Hanbury Street, between Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane. It’s a buzzing place to site a restaurant that focuses on spicy Chinese-Sichuan cuisine, what with Banglatown’s best South Asian restaurants just up the road. With over a hundred authentic dishes on offer, this sleek and simple Chinese restaurant in London’s East End attracts a great deal of foot traffic. Enjoy Sichuan-Folk’s bottomless hotpot for a fixed price, great value lunch specials, or brave the typically fiery a la carte menu.

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Sichuan - Folk Chinese Restaurant
32 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields
London E1 6QR

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Chef's Choice



Signature dumplings (pork&veg)


Pig's trotters with picked chilli


Fried squid in salt and pepper



Kidney slice in spicy & lip-tingling sauce


Beef with pickled chilli (mid-spicy)


Sichuan folk sautéed beef fillet with black pepper



Gong-bao king prawns with cashew nuts


Fragrant hot king prawn (shell-on)


Sichuan shell-on king prawns


Further Information

Spitalfields locals with a penchant for Sichuan cuisine know that for well under a tenner they can bag a lunch special at one of East London’s most dedicated Chinese restaurants, Sichuan-Folk. Each dish comes with the soup of the day, and each is probably a spicy little number. Hot picks include Sichuan-Folk’s special twice-cooked pork with rice or the preserved pork with black bean sauce, the ma-po tofu with minced pork and rice or the Sichuan-style beef curry. Real regional delicacies include the dry-fried pig’s intestines or the sliced tripe with hot peppers. If you’re looking for something a little less porky, a little more from greener pastures, you might want to opt for the braised aubergine with soy sauce or the curious stir-fried loofah (sea sponge) with rice.

The a la carte menu at Sichuan-Folk Chinese Restaurant is formidably long. There are over a hundred dishes to choose from, each being a great representative of the precise focus of what this East London restaurant brings to bear on Chinese-Sichuan cuisine. Sichuan-Folk’s most popular starters are the signature dim sum with just vegetables or pork and vegetables. The cloud ear fungus with coriander is another, more outre entree that comes highly recommended. A good option if you’re sharing a meal around the lazy susan is to go for the Sichuan-Folk appetiser platter loaded up with the chef’s daily selection of authentic starters. You can get a bottomless, all-you-can-eat hotpot to share, too, for a fixed price per person. Seafood, vegetables, delicately marbled and marinated meats combine in a characteristically spicy broth for a social Sichuan cuisine experience. This Spitalfields Chinese restaurant’s Hanbury Street premises pack out, so book in advance.

73 Sichuan - Folk Chinese Restaurant Reviews

Alecia S.22 days ago · 1 review

First time trying food from Sichuan. It was so delicious!! Loved the dumplings - favourite tried in London and the chilli oil takes them to next level. The staff were very friendly and efficient.

Stephen M.2 months ago · 1 review

The food was delicious. The staff were very helpful with menu choices and recommendations and were incredibly attentive. We will definitely return as soon as possible :)

Ashley S.2 months ago · 1 review

The food was awesome and all the staffs were very friendly too. My favourite dish was boiled fish in the hot sauce. My friends and I were all enjoying it a lot. Thanks :)

Alice B.3 months ago · 1 review

This is one of my favourite restaurants. The food is authentic sichuanese. I always have the gong bao prawns and the fried beans with pork mince. Other really good dishes include the lamb with cumin and the sliced beef in chilli oil. The service has always been really good, with the waiter able to recommend dishes to you if you're not sure what to order. the restaurant itself is not fancy, but it's perfectly pleasant.

Sian L.a year ago · 1 review

We've lived in London for the past 3 years, and been back to this restuarant so many times, more than any other restuarant we've discovered. We always get the signature dumplings to start and twice cooked pork as a main, along with another different dish to try each time we go. Those dishes keep on bringing us back, they are so delicious. The staff are nice and friendly. The restuarant has been refurbished since we first started going, but it's still got that traditional feel.

Jaco S.a year ago · 1 review

Chinese food tends to be underrated due to the atrocities offered as chinese take aways. This is proper, spicy, deeply savoury, real chinese food. We have eaten here three times and on all occassions have been the only european customers in a packed restaurant full of chinese customers. If you, like me, love authentic food, please go here, do not choose from the menu and tell your waiter to bring what he recommends. This is not fancy food, but gutsy, interesting real food. Please go.

Graham P.a year ago · 1 review

One of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I've been coming here for several years and it's consistently good. It's not universally super spicy and vegetarian dishes are done with as much flair as the meaty dishes so veggies won't feel let down. My top tip is rather than looking at the menu, just tell them what you like (or don't like) and ask them to choose for you.

Dirk A.a year ago · 1 review

Very friendly staff. We had hotpot half and half. Taste was good, but many ingredients were still frozen on the table, I did not like that very much. I lived in Sichuan for several years and like the hotpot really hot, this one was rather mild. I was missing the authentic dipping made of sesame oil, oyster sauce, garlic and spring onions and some typical ingredients like tripe. We paid 90 pounds for three persons.

Leonard D.a year ago · 1 review

The first time we had tried Chinese food from the Sichuan region. It was spicy but very tasty. One slight negative I would say is that we found the food to be extremely oily but it could just have been the food we ordered. I stress a slight because I did enjoy the food and the staff were friendly and it was a nice atmosphere to dine in.

Geoffrey D.2 years ago · 1 review

Really tasty, although I was rather intimidated by some of the reviews - in terms of the heat ! Taking my relatively soft palated dining partner with me, we both enjoyed the meal tremendously - sufficient heat, but lots of flavour. Our only regret was the portion sizes - if they were smaller we could have selected more items from the menu. Never mind, we'll be back soon.

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