Dim Sum, wine, fancy tea: LWG’s trip to Bo Lang

Bo Lang is a dim sum restaurant in South Ken, a part of London which seems to be a strange restaurant black hole – one of those neighbourhoods that’s so multicultural and affluent it should by rights be much foodier than it is. I’m pretty sure people have stopped opening trendy restaurants anywhere between Battersea and Earls Court for fear that the Made in Chelsea cast might annex the whole place.

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LondonWineHusband and I chose Bo Lang because of a Sunday morning steamed bun craving (mine) and a desire to visit the brilliant indie wine merchant The Sampler (his, honestly – although I admit to enthusiastic adoption of the plan.)

Chinese restaurants my not be front of mind when you think about great wine lists, but Bo Lang’s is pretty interesting – unusual wines, good quality, not ridiculous mark up and not an overwhelming amount of choice to wade through. They also have masses of tea varieties, all of which were rejected by LWH for being “too flowery”.

Tea at Bo Lang. For chicks, apparently.

Tea at Bo Lang. For chicks, according to LWH.

The place was pretty quiet when we visited, and the food was really, really great – up there with Chinatown dim sum but with much friendlier service and no queuing.

Crispy squid: salty, crunchy, spicy, and delicious.

Crispy squid: salty, crunchy, spicy, and delicious.

Steamed buns and dumplings with berry sauce.

Steamed buns and dumplings with berry sauce.

The buns were everything I had been hoping for, and dumplings, squid in chilli sauce and Japanese mochi with ice cream were all seriously tasty.

Pac man  style Japanese mochi filled with icecream and sorbet. I ate half of the green one before taking a photo. Soz.

Pac man style Japanese mochi filled with icecream and sorbet. I ate half of the green one before taking a photo. Soz.

Our post-lunch stagger to the Sampler was pretty successful too – we tried some 1980s Bordeaux that was only affordable to us non-hedge funder mortals in tiny, Enomatic machine samples before heading home for a post-wine and dim sum nap. All in all, a very satisfying Sunday!

Thanks for reading -

LWG

PS Sorry I haven’t posted for a while – I’ve had a major case of writer’s block! I have some posts backed up that in my fug I didn’t think were worth finishing, so you can expect a few more imminently :)

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