London is a superb place to eat Chinese food, whether in the Chinatown in Soho or elsewhere. Elsewhere in the case of Toa Kitchen is Queensway in Bayswater, just yards from the eponymous tube station, and while they might not be in the recognised Chinese restaurant area, the quality of their dim sum, seafood, vegetarian dishes and gluten-free are up to the standard of any of their compatriots in the UK’s capital.
Chinese restaurants live and die by the dim sum: and Toa Kitchen on Queensway in Bayswater is alive and kicking. Their menu is a culinary tour of one of the world’s great culinary traditions, with a reference to every corner of the great nation in their plethora of dumplings, whether steamed, deep-fried or cold. Their Peking duck is legendary within London, and their authentic selection is suitably obscure, including jellyfish and deep-fried intestines – though not at the same time, unless you like it that way.
The menu at Toa Kitchen in London’s Bayswater takes in the ingredients and techniques that are so ingrained with the public perception of Chinese food. Seafood abounds, as do pork and poultry dishes, cooked in sizzling hot pots, stir-fried in the wok, steamed in baskets and roasted in the oven. A trip down Queensway for a Chinese meal is always a culinary adventure, and you will not be the only ones embarking on this trip: book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.