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5.0 /6 Excellent 67 Reviews

Sichuan - Folk Chinese Restaurant

Spitalfields Chinese, Sichuan £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:30 - 22:30
Sichuan - Folk Chinese Restaurant, 32 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR London

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.


67 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 67 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 12:42

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 :)

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 08:36

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.

4 reviews so far 6
29.03.2017 07:57

As ever the food and service were wonderful. The dried fried pig intestines always my favourite...Like gourmet pork scratchings. Gong bao chicken always great here too

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 11:11

Excellent food and service as always. Our favourite restaurant! Smacked cucumbers, fried beans with pork, boiled fish slice and the signature pork dumplings are some of our must-haves.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 12:14

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.

1 review so far 6
18.09.2016 10:48

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.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 13:07

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.

1 review so far 5
18.05.2016 23:55

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.

1 review so far 5
08.08.2016 11:43

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.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2016 07:20

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.

1 review so far 5
10.03.2016 10:17

This is a great little Schezuan restaurant In Hanbury Street. I've been going regularly now for about 3 years and the food is always amazing. Just thinking about gets my tastebuds going. The staff are so helpful and will always explain a dish and, for first-timers, they will recommend a couple of dishes that compliment each other. Their signature dumplings are the best I've ever tasted.

1 review so far 5
09.02.2016 10:07

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner Sichuan Folk. There was a bit of a wait while they prepared our table, but it wasn't too long. The staff were great - very friendly and helpful. The food was authentic (if a little oily, which is not unusual) but the overall experience for myself and my guests was very enjoyable. I would gladly go back

1 review so far 2
31.10.2016 12:53

Very disappointing compared to our first visit 6 months ago. All the dishes we ordered (bashed cucumbers, Ma po tofu, boiled tender beef slices in a lip tingling sauce, dry fried green beans and Sichuan Folk twice cooked pork) were exceptionally oily, and although we deliberately ordered several dishes that should deliver a proper lip-numbing amount of Sichuan pepper, it was remarkably absent. The portions were also very small - even the rice came in tiny amounts - and there were no buns with the twice cooked pork. I really hope this was just a blip - maybe the chef was off or something. But I'm not sure we'll bother to make the long schlep back to find out, when there are several excellent Sichuan places in Soho. We have a taste for Sichuan food because we spend part of every year in China, but we honestly can't recommend this place on current form.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 07:04

Great food and service with a good choice of vegetarian options for those who don't eat meat. Very reasonable pricing. It is quite lively so probably not a good choice for a quiet intimate meal but a really good atmosphere. Booking advised as it is not a particularly large restaurant.

1 review so far 4
16.02.2017 21:54

We had the hotpot and it was a lot of food! We had a table just in front of the entrance and it was a very cold day. We would have preferred a table more inside but there was no free table next to a plug. We didn't understand why we couldn't pay by card because we book online... it was cash only. The food was good.

1 review so far 4
05.07.2017 08:24

We went in for hot pot. Was unlimited and was really tasty. Definitely do your research if you have never had hot pot before as the staff didn't give any direction. Thanks full we had a couple beside us who were pros. Will come back for the rest of their menu. Legit sichuan food!

1 review so far 4
14.11.2016 02:32

Food was nice from what me and my friend tried, but for that price should come with some sides. but the dessert was a let down..and the price was a bit to high per main course £1.50 per main course dish off less would be good, and a bit more improve on the service.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 12:19

Great food, great service. Twice cooked pork and tender beef were excellent as was the starter of dumplings. Only thing was that the Rice portions were a little small, so order a bit more of that.

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 20:15

Overall, tasty food, relatively authentic while also having some fusion style dish and importantly, reasonable prices, I'd be happy to recommend it. In particular, the pig ear cold starter and one of the duck/lettuce/bun mains (can't recall the exact name) were both delicious.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2016 22:02

Excellent food, good service. Start with the appetiser platter to get things going on the right note, before moving onto the very extensive menu. Sichuan Folk and its sister restaurant, Xi'an Impression, are two of my favourite Chinese restaurants in London.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 10:25

Great food and really helpful, friendly service. This is probably the best Chinese food I've eaten in London – really fresh with subtle but distinctive seasoning. Well priced too. Will be back very soon!

1 review so far 4
02.01.2017 15:25

We had the hot pot menu. The quality and variety of the food was great. Also the staff was very kind and friendly. It just annoyed me a little that the waiter started to make a personal conversation with us, as I wished for a more discreet and private dining.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 21:00

Delicious, original menu and very reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly and attentive. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was lively, noisy and a bit hot. Looking forward to returning.

1 review so far 4
18.08.2016 00:24

The food was good and served in good time. I would recommend it to other guests as a nice place to come eat. It was a not loud so you could hear yourself speak. But please do read the small print as bookings online must be paid via cash

1 review so far 6
10.01.2016 01:37

Food was on point. The twice cooked pork is to die for, the green beans with pork is also a good choice. Service was second to none. I will definitely be back.

3 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 18:37

Lovely staff ..always friendly for a chinese restaurant. Food amazing. The cumin lamb and the boiled fish are fantastic. I been trying other sichuan places but this is still the best

2 reviews so far 6
08.03.2016 20:52

A safe go-to for delicious, authentic Sichuan food and friendly service. The level of spice and tingling (from the Sichuan pepper) was just right - we'll definitely be back for more!

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 22:24

No frills restaurant, but the food is amazing. Be prepared to sit with other people as seating is set in rows. This visit took me back to days spent in china.

2 reviews so far 5
30.11.2016 09:03

We went for Lunch and had an a thoroughly enjoyable meal. The menu is varied and different from the usual Chinese menu. Staff were friendly and very helpful, especially on the menu. I would definitely visit again.

2 reviews so far 6
29.01.2017 10:22

Excellent food and fast service! The best huiguoyu (twice cooked fish) in London. We were a party of 14 celebrating Chinese New Year, everyone feasted to their tummies delights!

1 review so far 5
29.02.2016 17:56

Very authentic and delicious Sichuan food, served in a non-pretentious, understated, but comfy setting. Staff were efficient and polite, and the prices reasonable - be warned, the mains portions are generous! Would definitely return!

1 review so far 6
24.01.2016 20:27

The real deal. Damn fine food and staff. Believe the hype and go and enjoy some of the best Chinese food in the UK. You won't be disappointed.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2016 07:19

Very good authentic Sichuan restaurant. Best I have had in London area. Love the chilli beef and cold dishes. Definitely I will go again. Good service as well

1 review so far 6
12.10.2015 10:20

Gret food and atmosphere, waiters very helpful and reccommended dishes. Takes card and is easy to find, great place to go with a big group and share dishes

2 reviews so far 5
20.05.2016 08:09

Very helpful staff. The food was excellent, very different from the usual Chinese menu in London, interesting and good value for money. Note that the restaurant does not accept credit cards, cash only.

2 reviews so far 6
01.09.2015 07:38

The food was very fresh and tasty. Very tempting menu (we over ordered) The staff were very helpful and friendly Highly recommended gem just off brick lane

1 review so far 5
01.10.2015 16:45

Great food and location, one of the better places around the tourist brick lane area. Just remember to bring cash - they don't take cards and all the cashpoints close by charge!

1 review so far 6
15.01.2016 16:49

I am a repeating customer. I love them, as they service lovely food and their service is always pleasant. In addition, the price is very reasonable.

1 review so far 6
28.12.2015 08:57

Great food, excellent service, pleasant atmosphere, very reasonable prices, one of the best Chinese restaurants we have eaten in, we will definitely be back. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
06.10.2016 15:30

Love this place, the food is excellent! And the staff are friendly and helpful - they give good advice on what and how much to order.

1 review so far 5
11.07.2016 10:20

Excellent choice of food with helpful staff made for a great meeting with friends. Service was professional and nothing too much trouble. Make sure you have cash to settle the bill.

1 review so far 5
11.12.2015 23:52

Tasty food, served quickly, but what really made the meal was the friendliness and courtesy of the young waiter, who gave good advice on portion sizes and combinations of food.

1 review so far 5
15.01.2017 08:25

Great food and friendly service - quickly served too which was great as a large group. Goes without saying at a Sichuanese restaurant but be prepared for very spicy food!

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 17:15

Sichuan Folk is one of my favourite restaurants. I've been with very large groups and small groups and the food and service are always spectacular.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 08:22

The food was amazing and the service was wonderful. Very friendly and great recommendations! We will definitely go back next time we are in London.

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 09:50

we eat well good. the service was friedndly. next time i com to london, i go to eat there againe. thank you and see you

1 review so far 5
08.02.2017 16:54

Food was tasty, prices were reasonable, service was ok, but they only take cash payments (no cards). Was there on a Sunday at lunchtime but it wasn't particularly crowded.

1 review so far 5
27.02.2016 16:49

Great, simple Chinese restaurant. I'd recommend the Gong Bao chicken and and the twice cooked pork, Staff are almost all very helpful and will carefully recommend dishes for you.

1 review so far 5
27.09.2016 09:44

Rice per person, not by bowl. An important factor for me. Can definitely recommend the "mao xue wang", not for the faint hearted, but it is really good.

1 review so far 5
12.04.2016 13:41

Really delicious food. Not your typical menu. Will always go here for Chinese food as opposed to going into a China Town. The service here is also attentive.