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4.9 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews

Yipin China Restaurant

Islington Chinese £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • 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
Yipin China Restaurant, 70-72 Liverpool Rd, N1 0QD London


34 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: lively
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 11:02

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.

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 16:23

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.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 07:22

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.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 10:53

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.

1 review so far 4
21.11.2016 11:03

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.

3 reviews so far 5
13.03.2017 08:26

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.

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 08:24

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.

3 reviews so far 5
20.08.2017 11:42

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.

5 reviews so far 5
11.06.2016 13:39

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.

1 review so far 5
25.05.2016 07:14

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!

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 10:58

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 .

1 review so far 6
21.05.2016 10:59

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.

1 review so far 4
09.03.2017 07:27

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.

1 review so far 5
20.03.2017 13:42

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!

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 01:52

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.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2016 10:16

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

6 reviews so far 4
25.09.2016 10:31

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.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 22:23

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!

1 review so far 5
13.12.2016 08:32

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

1 review so far 5
21.09.2016 09:31

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.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 00:38

Excellent food and friendly staff as always. Unusual dishes , and freshly cooked. A real hidden gem. Have been many times and will be returning

4 reviews so far 4
06.02.2017 10:30

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.

1 review so far 4
30.01.2017 07:39

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.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 08:55

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.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 07:25

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.

2 reviews so far 5
27.04.2016 16:19

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

1 review so far 5
19.06.2017 11:09

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.

1 review so far 5
09.08.2016 09:15

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!

1 review so far 4
02.08.2016 11:35

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

1 review so far 2
12.06.2016 11:52

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.

1 review so far 4
14.10.2016 17:54

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.

1 review so far 4
21.01.2017 07:16

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.

1 review so far 4
25.05.2017 07:57

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.

1 review so far 4
25.09.2016 03:42

Spicy fish dishes and cold plates are an all time favourite here.