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Review | Chinatown Longji Café

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A week ago, I planned to meet up with one of my closest friends from childhood – Alice. We decided to grab something to eat, and since we were in Leicester Square, we headed straight for Chinatown. Being the students that we are, we fancied something tasty but not too expensive. Very close to the station was Longji Café and it was well within our budget. I’d read about this Café on London’s TimeOut website and so we decided to give it a go.

The Café itself has a very relaxed and casual atmosphere and there are American-style booths to sit in. We were taken to a table and given the menus. After quite some time deliberating on what to get, we both opted for Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice and Satay Chicken Noodles, along with a side order of spring rolls. It was nice having the waitress take our order as I was prepared to go up to the till and order myself.

The food came fairly quickly and Alice and I were starving.

The serving sizes were really big considering we paid ~ £6.90 for each dish! Despite being absolutely starving, I wasn’t even able to finish my food! We both shared the dishes with each other so I got to try both plates.

Sweet + Sour Pork
It was a really nice dish. The meat pieces were nice and crispy and the vegetables added to the dish. The sauce wasn’t the best I’d ever had, but it would do for the price we paid.

Satay Chicken Noodles
This dish is usually one of my favourites (at least satay chicken on its own is) and so I had high hopes for the satay sauce. Unfortunately, the sauce was a tad watery and didn’t have as much peanut flavour as I would have liked. However, considering that we were in a café as opposed to a restaurant, the food was really great. The chicken was well done and I really liked the noodles.

Spring Rolls
These were so good. The sweet chili sauce it came with worked really well with the spring rolls. We got 6 spring rolls for about £2.60 which is pretty good value for money! I gobbled these up fast (spring rolls are also my fave).

All in all, the café had good service (don’t be put off by the 10% service charge added to the bill) and is well located in central London. The portion sizes are huge for what you pay, which is a massive bonus and the food is fairly decent – you won’t be disappointed with it! We both came out feeling absolutely stuffed but both agreed that we would be paying another visit here – next time for their bubble tea!

Have you been to this café?
Do you have any restaurant/café recommendations in London?

Peace and love,
Viola xo

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