A good Chinese restaurant sometimes seems as hard to find as a department store with a lengthy future in Liverpool – ridiculously given the city’s longstanding Chinese community and empire links to the Orient.
Ask a dozen people and you’ll get a dozen different answers as to the best in Liverpool, most of which you’ll know are utterly terrible suggestions.
This seems to be because people tend to stick to their recommendations, regardless of whether a restaurant is owned by the same people and employs the same kitchen staff as it did ten years ago.
As a result it’s worth keeping an ear to the ground, sniffing out the best dim sum or the crispiest duck in the city.
We’ve been struggling to locate a really good Chinese restaurant in Liverpool recently – or takeaway if it comes to that. Ten years ago the Peking Duck on Smithdown Road and Yuet Ben were pretty good, and the takeaway on Lark Lane never let us down, but where now?
Big Bowl Noodle Bar on Berry Street was a recommendation from someone we’d trust to know their Chinese food, while Chinatown’s New Capital also got a mention.
We’re still chewing over the latter – quite literally, we took away more of a horse bag than a dogie bag – but were pleasantly surprised.
Elsewhere Tai Pan was nominated as possibly the best in Liverpool by a few knowing heads, deploying a fearsome arsenal of dim sum.
But, as usual, we wanted to see what Liverpool thought, so we threw the question open on Twitter and Facebook.
There are some recommendations we find dubious, others that intrigue and more we’ve never heard of. Tokyou certainly divides opinion; Mei Mei, Yuet Ben and Tea House get multiple mention; and SevenStreets even weighed in with a suggestion for the Capitol across the water.
What do you think? We’re looking for the best Chinese food in Liverpool – takeaway or restaurant. Your recommendations please.
Best Chinese food in Liverpool
Not Liverpool but Mr Chows in Parkgate is amazing!
obvious and a bit huge but I’ve had some great meals at Mei Mei. Ask for Chinese menu
had a takeaway from cobo in Aigburth last week. Very nice although a little pricey. Tokyou always worth a mention as well?
Chilli Chilli. The atmosphere is a bit.. bland, but the food is the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten!
I don’t think there are any tbh, tokyou is terrible but dozens will tell you it’s great, it’s the primark of chinese food imo
Chuis fish & chips on Park Road – hands down
I’ve not been to any standout Chinese restaurants in Liverpool, so recs welcomed
Not the best, but for sheer value alone you can’t beat Tokyou. And I know its not strictly Chinese (Japanese and Taiwanese also) but its my choice and I’m sticking by it. GOOD DAY SIR.
I love the New Peking Duck, for a number of reasons. Good sit-down, Good Takeaway, awesome LEMON CHICKEN.
mr chows in park gate is also good.
Best chinese in Liverpool, I don’t think you can beat www.chung-ku.com
The Capitol (watch the spelling) is hands down the best chinese either side of the Mersey.
there is no debate, other SSers. There are no good Chinese restaurants in Liverpool. You got to go to the Capital in BHead
The Mandarin on Victoria Street is pretty good – bit expensive though
you know my vote, Yuet Ben on duke street
Tea House on Bold St
The best at 3.45am is Jumbo City in Chinatown.
China Palace…it doesnt use MSG in many dishes
I’ve been to a few really poor ones recently(considering weve got the oldest chinese community). Tokyou doesnt even get a look in.
Mr Chilli on Mount Pleasant without doubt.
Tea house Bold Street
I think you’ll find it’s Yuet Ben.
So none of the recommended Chinese restaurants are in the place called Chinatown. My tip is Tai Pan. A dim sum spectacular
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