About Yipin China Restaurant
Yipin China Restaurant in Islington is one of London’s latest and best exponents of authentic Hunanese cuisine, a particular culinary heritage from southern China that has a dedicated band of devotees among Chinese food connoisseurs. Sharing scintillating spicy bases with its neighbour, Sichuan, Hunanese cuisine is distinguished by its widespread use of regional smoking and curing techniques that make it a unique – and delicious – segment of Chinese cuisine. Yipin China Restaurant (found on Liverpool Road among the Angel’s hub of global restaurants) puts this special cuisine on show – for an authentic taste tuck into the soup of stewed spare ribs and bitter melon, get your spice fix with the fragrant chicken on a bed of chillies, and above all try their trademark ‘dry wok’ dishes, especially the one of pig intestines if you want a true regional Chinese specialty.
- Monday 12:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
- Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
- Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
- Friday 12:00 - 23:30
- Saturday 12:00 - 23:30
- Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Excellent Hunanese restaurant, with an extensive menu which leans heavily on big piles of chillis. The dry-fried green beans are particularly good, as is the beef with cumin.
Excellent food and service. Well worth a visit and definitely a place that will become favourite. The menu is excellent with standard dishes and more unusual offerings. We tried a wide range and everything was beautifully cooked, well presented, fresh and delicious.
Amazing food great flavours and good service. Been coming here for years, always an authentic experience. One of the best Chinese in town for sure.
For my money this is the best pound for pound Chinese restaurant in London. Strong yet subtle tastes, a varied menu, and generous portions. Service is functional but for the price there are few that can beat it.
The restaurant is a homely style with a large group of Chinese people, and some more locals joining in for either a dine-in or takeaway meal. The service is pretty good, as we told them we needed to catch a train at Kings Cross and they took it into our account when serving our meal. We were satisfied with the service and actually felt sympathetic towards the restaurant as they seemed pretty understaffed, with one person dashing to take our orders, serve us, then dash out for a takeaway delivery. Be careful with checking your receipt however, as we were wrongly charged 3 soya milk rather than 2, although they deducted it straight away once we raised this. The food is decent, my friends felt the fish soup tasted a bit off but couldn't tell whether it was the rice wine used or the fish. The vegetable dishes were the best with crunchy vegetables. The meat dish was decent but not top notch. Overall I would say it's good for a quick meal before you head for the train, or meeting up with friends, but definitely won't satisfy foodies.
We love coming here and the food is excellent, especially if you like spicy Sichuan-flavored food. The ma pa dofu (Sichuan tofu dish) and green beans are excellent. We had the cumin beef also (she said it was "popular", which really meant ordinary British style--little flavor though the beef was very tender. We'll opt for something else next time as this is the first time something has not been really outstanding.
All in, by far the best Chinese restaurant in which I have eaten in London (which includes Hakkasan, HKK, China Tang etc.). I appreciate both the differences of the Hunan cuisine (no gloopy sauces or reliance on MSG), but also the quality of the cooking and ingredients themselves. All delivered at a reasonable price.
I went with a group of friends for the first time and I have to say online reviews totally reflect the experience. The staff was nice and really helpful - it took a while to order food to share for 6 people. Food was really good and served really quickly. Definetely a place to try.
Came for a family dinner with 8 people and had an absolute feast for £20 per head. Get the braised pork belly with preserved vegetables, it's awesome. Also love the sliced sea bass dish on the first page of the menu, the texture of the fish is gorgeous.
Ambience is just OK but the service is stellar and the food is really amazing. The total for two with several dishes and drinks was just over £40 so I feel very good value. The "pock-marked old woman" tofu is great as is the "fungus". Traditional and delicious!
the food is very authentic and very good. The owner is a very warm person and kindly. We were group of 8 people, everybody goes home with happy belly. Will definitely come again .
Lovely food and friendly service - the dished are all exciting and unusual. However, the spinach and sesame dish is a little odd, and as a vegetarian there was admittedly a lot less choice.
Excellent food, good portions, unfortunately very expensive for the area, pricing more like Hutong. Not a Place for date night, more cafe/canteen style, late lunch or early tea type of place. Food was very authentic. I don't think I would go back simply because of the price.
the service was charming and the food very good - especially if you like it spicy - one dish a little disappointing was taken back without issue and removed from the bill - we ate a lot!
Excellent food, the service was very good and the food is very well priced. We are vegetarian and it was still very delicious. Convenient local Chinese restaurant with authentic tastes.
Wonderful variety of familiar and less familiar food. No msg so no headache afterwards. Great friendly service. We went with friends from Beijing who gave a big thumbs up
we go three or four times a year with other enthusiasts of different Chinese cuisines. slowly we are becoming more adventurous. Last night we had the spiced fungus for the first time and it worked well as a delicious slightly crunchy cold starter.
True Szechuan cuisine, amazing as usual. We ordered three dishes and rice for two people and were very full at the end - loved the Gong Bao prawns!
The food stands out at Yipin China, it's got a good range of dishes that are well cooked and with good portion sizes. Definitely worth revisiting as we have done several times
Loved trying different and authentic dishes.Portion sizes are large, and everything is brought to the table when ready so no food goes cold. All food lovely and the staff very friendly.
Excellent food and friendly staff as always. Unusual dishes , and freshly cooked. A real hidden gem. Have been many times and will be returning
The Hunanese dishes were great, the Sichuan ones could be improved. But overall good. Only downside were a few annoying customers playing videos on their phones - staff could have asked them to stop being so rude.
Good authentic food, no fault here, but customer service could have been better. Only two people serving on Chinese New Year. The man was nice but the woman kept huffing and puffing and rushing our order.
Very good, authentic and fresh food. Large portions so great value for money. The only Chinese we come to in the Islington area. Service is just right too.
Authentic Chinese restaurant with polite service. A lot better than anything you can find in Chinatown. Prices are on the slightly more expensive side, but worth it.
Service was a bit slow to start with but then it really got going and the food was very tasty. Only takes cash which I LOVE
I have been to Yipin China a few times over the years. They provide a very good standard of chinese food for a very reasonable price.
Great food, good service, especially from one of the older male waiters who presented our Sichuan to us with a 'ta-dah!' Will definitely be back soon!
The fried pig intestines were amazing but the fish in the spicy fish stew was a bit too fishy for my taste. I will definitely go back to Yipin
Food was really bad. Service was good. Very Huge range of Chinese food served, but none were appetising. We got roasted duck which was burnt, green beans that was so salty, sweet and sour ribs which were not sour at all, and Seabass with chillis, which was the only dish that was nice.
Excellent food, some staples but mostly food unusual to a London Chinese restaurant. Service well-meaning but patchy. Very good value for this quality of food though.
First time here. Attracted by their menu. They care about their dishes. Busy Fri evening and a few minor things could be better. We'll come again.
We were very happy with the quality of food. Tasty and generous portion. Menu range was extensive. And service was excellent. Will definitely make another visit.
Spicy fish dishes and cold plates are an all time favourite here.