Review of 'Baiwei'

I have seen several good reviews of this otherwise easy to overlook Chinese restaurant serving Szechuan Chinese food in Soho. It was OK but a bit pricey (particularly tricky as it is cash only).

The restaurant is just off of Little Newport Street very close to the Leicester Square tube station. There is a small main floor but additional seating upstairs where we were shown our seat. Surprisingly the interior is clean and quite modern with an emphasis on “communist chic”.


The rather short menu features fairly typical Chinese options. We decided to give a standard a try to start: “Hot and Sour Soup” (£3.50) which was really rather tasty and full of ingredients with the perfect texture.

Hot and Sour Soup

For our mains we stuck to just two main dishes (roughly £11 each): Fried green beans served with garlic, which were very nice and tasty; and, beef with bamboo shoots. Unfortunately, for the later we were instead brought beef with HOT PEPPERS. Not sure how this mistake was made but we persevered and it was quite enjoyable with very large pieces of very tender and delicious beef between the mounds of hot peppers. A side bowl of rice (extra charge) accompanied the dishes.


Other than the misunderstanding over our order it was quite expensive for what we were given. Certainly tasty though. May consider returning when looking for a small place with good food in Chinatown.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2018-04-30

Cuisine: Chinese

Address: 8 Little Newport St, London WC2H 7JJ ENGLAND

Public Transport: TUBE Leicester Square

Location: London (England) - Soho



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